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Twenty years of community partnership celebrated as Niagara College launches Many Hands at Hotel Dieu

Niagara College and partners Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehabilitation Centre and the Canadian Tire Bank today launched the 20th annual Many Hands project in St. Catharines.

Hotel Dieu was selected as this year’s Many Hands’ recipient in an unique project that uses NC student skills to help the community.

Beginning this month, Hotel Dieu’s facilities will undergo a series of renovations by students in NC’s Construction Renovation Technician program that will see the creation of a physical market place where patients can relearn daily living skills, such as shopping, banking and restaurant dining. The project will be coordinated by NC’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program staff and students, and will cost an estimated $20,000.

“Our patients will benefit from this project as it will give them they skills they need for independent living after a life-impacting health change,” said Jane Rufrano, Hotel Dieu CEO.

A highlight of the project’s launch was the presentation of a cheque in the amount of $7,500 from the Canadian Tire Bank, a 20-year supporter of Many Hands.

In the past five years, NC students have raised $150,000 and given 42,000 hours of volunteer placement to the Niagara community through Many Hands.

“The projects have been an incredible demonstration of community engagement and education,” said Christine Blane, NC professor for the event management program. “Many Hands has helped provide students with the tools required for a successful career.”

– Many Hands requires students to plan, co-ordinate and execute a renovation of a local non-profit community organization, including fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations initiatives. Agencies selected by the Many Hands project committee must be not-for-profit and involved in community-based service in the Niagara region; and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. vnmanga.info/manyhands

– Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre is a specialty healthcare facility that excels in providing rehab, complex care and geriatric services to patients in the Niagara region. www.hoteldieushaver.org

Niagara College offers more than 111 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. vnmanga.info
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Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 111 641-1152 ext. 4330

Hotel Dieu selected as Niagara College’s Many Hands renovation project

Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre has been selected as the recipient of the 20th annual Niagara College Many Hands project.

“Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre’s patients will benefit from this project as it will give them the skills they need for independent living after a life-impacting health change,” says Jane Rufrano, CEO of Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Beginning in January, Hotel Dieu centre’s facilities will undergo a series of renovations by students in Niagara College’s (NC) construction programs, and coordinated and supported by students in NC’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program.

“The Many Hands project will be creating a physical and cognitive rehabilitation space by incorporating real-world obstacles such as shopping, banking and a dining experience,” said Rufrano. “This environment will help patients relearn daily living skills and regain their independence to enable people to reach their optimal level of health and well-being.”

In the past five years, NC students have raised $150,000 for local non-profit agencies and have given 42,000 hours of volunteer placement work to the community through the program.

“For 20 years, the Many Hands project has been an incredible demonstration of community engagement, that when combined with education, has provided students with the tools required for a successful career,” said Christine Blane, NC professor and Event Management Program co-ordinator. “We are excited to partner with Hotel Dieu as they provide support to the entire Niagara region.”

The renovations to Hotel Dieu will include the creation of ‘The Marketplace’ in which Construction Renovation Technician students will design the space to include walls, flooring and doors, as well as space for grocery items, a freezer, a restaurant booth and an ATM.

The announcement of this year’s project was made at a breakfast today hosted by Niagara College.

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Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre is a specialty healthcare facility that excels in
providing rehabilitation, complex care and geriatric services to patients from the Niagara region. It is located in St. Catharines. www.hoteldieushaver.org

The Many Hands project requires students to plan, co-ordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization, including fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations initiatives.

Agencies that benefit from the Many Hands project, selected by the project committee, must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. vnmanga.info/manyhands

Niagara College offers more than 111 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. vnmanga.info
For more information, contact:
Christine Blane
Coordinator, Event Management Program
111-641-1152, ext. 4466

Jane Rufrano
CEO
Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
111-685-1381 x 84871

Niagara College hosts Skills Ontario Trade and Technology Mentorship event for female students Oct.27

Niagara College, Skills Ontario and Grade 10-12 female students from the Niagara Catholic School Board will join together Thursday, Oct. 27 for a day of discovery and mentorship around skilled trades and technology, one of 10 events by Skills Ontario across the province.

About 80 area students will join mentors – women who are already working or training in a skilled trade or technology career – at the Welland campus of Niagara College starting at 9 a.m. with a networking competition and ending in the afternoon, following tours, the ‘tower build’ competition and panel discussions with mentors.

“Today, women are still underrepresented in the skilled trades and technologies but these are excellent careers for women to support themselves,” said Gail Smyth, Skills Ontario executive director. “Young women need to know that trades and technologies offer many opportunities that can lead to bright, stable and successful careers.”

“We are happy to host this worthwhile event,” said Phil Hayes, Niagara College student recruitment manager. “These important events not only help female students discover careers that can be satisfying and challenging, but they also learn about the different pathways such as apprenticeship. The earlier students are engaged with different options, they more than can do while in high school to prepare for the future.”
WHAT:
Career Exploration/Mentorship Event

WHO:
Niagara Catholic District School Board Grades 10-12 female students
Skills Ontario
Niagara College

WHERE:
Rankin Technology Centre, Niagara College, Welland Campus

WHEN:
Thursday, October 27
10:30 a.m. Tower Building Exercise
11:40 a.m.-12:50 a.m. Tours and demonstrations in the Shops (Construction Shop, TC77; Electrical Shop, TC76 and Auto Shop, TC12).

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Media inquiries, please contact:
Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 111 641-1152 ext. 4330
Cell: 111 933-6259
[email protected]

Charities: need a reno? Application deadline extended for NC’s next Many Hands Project

Niagara-based charities in need of renovation now have until the end of August to apply to become the recipient of Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project.

The application deadline has been extended to August 31 for the 2016-2017 Many Hands Project – an annual renovation project that enhances, improves and renovates the facilities of a local charitable organization. All aspects of the project are planned, managed and completed by students from NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) and construction studies programs.

This will mark the 20th anniversary of the Many Hands Project and all Niagara-based not-for-profit organizations – including previous recipients – are welcome to apply. Applicants are asked to submit a wish list including construction needs or specific resources (like food or other items) that would help to develop their programming. The Many Hands Project advisory committee will consider opportunities to potentially support multiple organizations across the region this year.

Application forms are available online at vnmanga.info/manyhands/

“Many Hands provides our students with excellent hands-on learning opportunities, while teaching important lessons in community service and leadership,” said Christine Blane, coordinator of NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) program. “It’s also a chance for a local agency to receive much-needed improvements to their facilities.”

Since 1997, the College’s Many Hands Project has supported 19 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects which enhance program and service delivery. This year’s Many Hands Project resulted in a complete renovation of the Hope Centre in Welland. Recent projects have also been completed at Strive Niagara in Welland, Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland, Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in Port Colborne, St. John Ambulance in St. Catharines, and more.

Eligible agencies must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. Project selection is determined by the Many Hands Project Advisory Committee.

The Many Hands Project is a hands-on component of Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program. Students are required to plan, develop, coordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization. Fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations are the responsibility of individual committees comprised of students.

Niagara College offers more than 111 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
[email protected]

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7368
Cell: 111.328.2532
[email protected]

Niagara College wins again at Canada’s largest skilled trades and technologies competition

Niagara College proved to be fierce competition for another consecutive year at the 27th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition with three students winning provincial medals.

The students each captured silver in the Aesthetics, Culinary Arts and Hairstyling categories placing them amongst the top in the province. The competition took place May 2-4 at RIM Park in Waterloo and is known as Canada’s largest skilled trades and technologies competition.

The Aesthetics competition saw Esthetician student Nicole Caines contend with five other contestants from top schools across Ontario. Lorraine MacDonald, esthetician technologist at the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, trained Caines for several weeks along with faculty members Tina Green, Lisa Maurice and Susan Nicole.

“We couldn’t be happier or more proud of Nicole,” said MacDonald. “She demonstrated a high level of professionalism throughout her training and competition and we are thrilled that she brought home a medal. Nicole’s performance confirms yet again that Niagara College’s Esthetician program is a front-runner in the industry.”

Culinary Skills student Selah Schmoll and Hairstyling student Adam Barry also earned silver medals after placing in the Culinary Arts and Hairstyling competitions.

“This was a new experience for many of our competitors and their strong showing is evidence of greater success in the years to come,” said Tim McLeod, associate dean of the School of Trades. “This is just another example of our students’ unwavering commitment to success within their chosen industry.”

Gary Torraville, associate dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, noted that competitions are a good way for students to strive for excellence in their work. “Competitions are an excellent opportunity for students to showcase the skills they have learned while in their program,” he said. “Our students’ overall success at Skills Ontario is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to their craft. We are all very proud of them.”

More than 2,000 competitors from secondary and post-secondary schools across Ontario participated in this year’s Ontario Technological Skilled Trades Competition in a range of contests from plumbing, culinary arts, aesthetics and automotive service. Competitors were judged on their skills related to their field as well as their job interview skills and related soft skills. For more information visit http://www.skillsontario.com/

Niagara College offers more than 111 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
[email protected]

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7368
Cell: 111.328.2532
[email protected]

Apply now to become NC’s next Many Hands Project

Attention all Niagara-based charitable organizations in need of renovation: Niagara College wants to lend you a hand – or, more specifically, Many Hands!

The College is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Many Hands Project. The annual renovation project enhances, improves and renovates the facilities of a local charitable organization. All aspects of the project are planned, managed and completed by students from NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) and construction studies programs.

This will mark the 20th anniversary of the Many Hands Project and all Niagara-based not-for-profit organizations – including previous recipients – are welcome to apply. Applicants are asked to submit a wish list including construction needs or specific resources (like food or other items) that would help to develop their programming. The Many Hands Project advisory committee will consider opportunities to potentially support multiple organizations across the region this year.

“Many Hands provides our students with excellent hands-on learning opportunities, while teaching important lessons in community service and leadership,” said Christine Blane, coordinator of NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) program. “It’s also a chance for a local agency to receive much-needed improvements to their facilities.”

Since 1997, the College’s Many Hands Project has supported 19 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects which enhance program and service delivery. This year’s Many Hands Project resulted in a complete renovation of the Hope Centre in Welland. The Hope Centre received a new soup kitchen, dining area and food bank supported by the College’s Event Management students who ran a series of successful fundraising events. Recent projects have also been completed at Strive Niagara in Welland, Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland, Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in Port Colborne, St. John Ambulance in St. Catharines, and more.

Niagara charitable organizations can apply to become the College’s next Many Hands Project any time before August 8. Application forms are available online at vnmanga.info/manyhands/

Eligible agencies must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. Project selection is determined by the Many Hands Project Advisory Committee.

The Many Hands Project is a hands-on component of Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program. Students are required to plan, develop, coordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization. Fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations are the responsibility of individual committees comprised of students. Since 1997, the Many Hands Project has supported 19 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects, which enhance program and service delivery.

Niagara College offers more than 111 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
[email protected]

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7368
Cell: 111.328.2532
[email protected]

Niagara College receives $1.4 million in provincial funding for Green Tech Automotive Lab

Niagara College has received more than $1.4 million from Ontario’s Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund program to build a Green Tech Automotive Lab at its Welland Campus.

The project allows Niagara College to expand its focus on green technologies in its automotive programs – an area where Niagara College is already ahead of the curve.

The 3,600-square-foot Green Tech Automotive Lab will be an extension of the existing automotive facilities at the Welland Campus’s Rankin Technology Centre. It will include open bays, a work area and classroom, and will house the latest in green automotive technologies, including electric charging stations, alternate fuel technology, diagnostic equipment, green technology simulators, and electric and hybrid vehicles.

“Our government always talks about the importance of Building Ontario Up, and our talented skilled tradespeople are literally doing that in every corner of our province. Ontario’s apprenticeship training system, supported by employers, colleges and unions, is a crucial part of our plan to build the highly-skilled workforce we need to compete, and I’m proud that we are supporting so many projects that will bring new equipment and high demand training programs to the local markets that need it.”
– Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“I’m thrilled that our government is making a major investment to ensure Niagara apprentices receive the highest standard of training. The improved facilities and training programs announced today will give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to our economy.”
– Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines

“Whether it’s through our academic programs or our commitment to environmental responsibility in our operations, Niagara College is a leader in sustainability and we’re pleased to build on the renewable technologies offered through our automotive programs,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “We’re very grateful for the provincial government’s investment in this important area.”

The project will enhance the green automotive technology resources available to students in Niagara College’s Motive Power Technician, Motive Power Techniques, Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. It will also expand capacity in the Automotive Service Technician program by 20 students.
“This investment positions our Automotive Services Technician program as a leader in clean technology,” Misheck Mwaba, Niagara College’s dean of Media, Trades and Technology. “Our graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required by industry. With the new equipment we will also be able to work with our industry partners to train their workforce in electric and hybrid vehicle technologies.”

“The automotive industry is moving more toward hybrid and electric vehicles and we need to ensure that we have technicians who are well trained in these emerging technologies,” said Graham Keene, president of Canadian Tire Store 162 in St. Catharines. “Today’s announcement is great news for Niagara’s automotive industry and for future automotive technicians.”

Construction of the Green Tech Automotive Lab will begin in June 2016, with completion scheduled for March 2017.

Niagara College offers more than 111 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit http://vnmanga.info

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
[email protected]

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7368
Cell: 111.328.2532
[email protected]

Many Hands Project reveals special renovation at Heartland Forest

The Event Management program’s Many Hands Project revealed a newly renovated space at Heartland Forest on April 6.

Students transformed Sydney’s room, a space intended to provide clients with a quiet space to relax which had been used as a storage room. The room is dedicated to owner Dan Bouwman’s granddaughter Sydney who passed away in 2009 at the age of 12 from Lissencephaly – a rare brain formation disorder.

Over the past few months, the Many Hands Project committee planned, designed and renovated the room. Students put paintbrushes in hand and completely transformed the clutter-filled room into a tranquil and relaxing space by adding a splash of calming colour to the walls, created a feature chalkboard wall, added comfortable lounging chairs, a new television and DVD player.

The students gave the first look of the space to Sydney’s mother, Jacqueline Burciul, who was also joined by daughters Taylor and Avery. Owner Dan Bouwman; executive director, Elisabeth Graham; Natalie Kind and Nancy Cameron from Canadian Tire Bank; event management program coordinator, Christine Blane; and faculty member April Tyrell were also in attendance as the Many Hands Project committee revealed the room. After seeing the room for the first time in its new capacity, Bouwan shared the story of how the idea of Sydney’s Room came to be; a touching moment for all in attendance.

In addition to the room renovation, the College’s Renovation Technician students and faculty members built a number of cabinets and installed them in the organizations offices. This provided Heartland Forest with extra storage space to ensure Sydney’s Room would remain as it was intended to be.

Students also presented Champion of Hope and lead sponsor of the 19th annual Many Hands Project, Canadian Tire Bank, with a plaque that will hang at the entrance of the room. Without the organizations generous contributions this project would not have been possible.

Heartland Forest is a unique natural attraction located in Niagara Falls. It is a registered charitable organization with a passion for all ages and abilities. The property includes easy access trails, gardens, carvings, turtle, frog and fish ponds, picnic and interpretative areas. Heartland Forest offers year-round access and is seen as a leading example of accessibility, an active lifestyle and environmental stewardship.

The Many Hands Project is a student-driven renovation program executed by the College’s Event Management and Construction Renovation Technician students. Each year, one local non-profit organization is chosen by the Many Hands Committee to undergo significant renovations that will benefit the entire community. Together, students plan and execute the entire process including: the four fundraising events, completing the desired renovations, involving the community through volunteer recruitment and raising awareness for the non-profit organization. The Many Hands Project is proudly in its 19th year of supporting communities within the Niagara Region.

Habitat house built at Welland Campus moves to permanent site

On a blustery, snowy and unusually cold April 4, Niagara College Construction Techniques students and faculty, along with the Niagara Volunteer Framers Association, and operators of cranes, flatbed trucks and many others, moved the Habitat for Humanity Niagara modular house from the college’s campus to 246 Martin Street in Welland.

Each of the sections was rolled outside and lifted by crane to a flatbed truck, then slowly driven to Martin Street where another crane lifted the pieces into place and the Niagara Volunteer Framers Association connected it all with precision.

Built as part of Habitat’s Youth Building Program, in partnership with the College’s Construction Techniques and Renovation Technician programs, 70 students have been working on the construction of the modular Habitat home since September. This is the 11th home built as part of the Habitat/Niagara College partnership but it’s the first time that the house is being constructed in a modular style on the Niagara College Campus in the Rankin Technology Centre.

The final construction will take place over the next two months with the help of community groups and corporate volunteers.

Volunteers included Niagara College Renovation Technician Construction graduate (2011) Mike Barnfield, who now owns and operates his own roofing company, Barnfield’s Residential Roofing Ltd. Barnfield, who as a student participated in the College’s Habitat Niagara Build on Fraser Street, has now volunteered his services to complete the roof on the Habitat home.

The raised bungalow is the future Habitat home for the Palma family and their three children. For more information about the Palma family click here:

The raised bungalow is the future Habitat home for the Palma family and their three children. For more information visit 

 

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Niagara College celebrates student success in the trades

Niagara College’s School of Trades is shining the spotlight on student success.

The College’s School of Trades will host its first annual Awards Night on March 11.

Showcasing the future of the trades industry, the event aims to recognize student accomplishments and contributions. Designed as a social evening, this event will highlight student success and awards given from donors and Niagara College staff members. Approximately 30 awards will be presented, valued at more than $20,000.

Students and faculty from the College’s School of Trades have been invited to attend, as well as several industry partners, including Bob Benner, owner of Hamill Machine Company, who will speak at the event.

“Our first annual School of Trades Awards Night is another way for us bring students and the industry together,” said Tim McLeod, associate dean of the College’s School of Trades. “There are great opportunities within the trades and a need for people with skills. And at Niagara College, our students develop skills that they can take with them wherever they go.”

The invite-only event will be held the College’s Welland Campus (The Core) from 6 to 8 p.m.

Niagara College’s School of Trades offers a variety of trades programs and apprenticeships in: automotive and motive power, cabinetmaking, construction and renovation, electrical, electronics, general machining, hairstyling, industrial automation, mechanical, metal fabricating (fitting) and welding. Visit http://vnmanga.info/trades/ for info.

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WHAT:
First annual School of Trades Awards Night at Niagara College.

WHO:
School of Trades faculty and students
Industry partners including speaker Bob Benner, owner of Hamill Machine Company

WHEN:
March 11, 2016, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Note: Interview opportunities will be available during the first portion of the event (6 p.m. to 6:45), prior to speeches and the awards ceremony. RSVP to arrange.

WHERE:
Niagara College Welland Campus, at The Core
300 Woodlawn Rd., Welland, ON, L3C 7L3

RSVP:
Members of the media interested in attending the event, please contact Julie Greco at [email protected]

Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
[email protected]

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Niagara College
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7368
Cell: 111.328.2532
[email protected]