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By BECKI CREWE
Ontario’s wine regions will get a $75-million five-year boost from two new programs Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal announced here Thursday.
Leal visited the college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus for the Wine and Grape Strategy’s launch of the New Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program and the renewed Wine Support Program.
“The last time I was here at Niagara College, I took the opportunity to tour the college with [President] Dan [Patterson] to see the next generation of agricultural talent in the province of Ontario,” said Leal.
“When I saw those students that are involved both in the craft beer program and the wine program, it’s amazing. It was amazing to see the passion that they have for this industry."
Leal said that when he saw the students during his tour, he felt assured the future is “wonderful and capable.”
Jim Bradley, MPP (Liberal) St. Catharines, said, “We don’t have to...
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By ALEX HENDRY
What will you be doing on your time away from classes?
For 21 students in the Police Foundations and Justice Studies program, reading week will be spent in Ecuador. Departing on Feb. 28, the excursion is focused on international volunteer work with the Canadian-based organization Me to We.
In preparation for the trip to Ecuador, students and faculty gathered on Feb. 23 at the Welland campus to finalize travel plans.
The volunteer excursion provides students the opportunity for international travel experience while adding others with the volunteer effort of Free the Children and Me to We.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’s a life-changing and life altering (event),” said Jim Norgate, Police Foundations program co-ordinator, and organizer of the trip. “They may never realize it immediately, but there will be a time when they realize the affect its had on them.”
The students will spend nine days in Ecuador spending...
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By KEVAN DOWD
The Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy has helped more than 25,000 Ontario youths find employment or start a business. The strategy is investing $295 million over two years to help youths gain “the tools, experiences and entrepreneurial support they need to find employment or start their own businesses.”
The strategy is part of the government’s four-part economic plan for Ontario that includes investing in people’s talents and skills, building modern infrastructure and transportation networks, creating a dynamic and supportive business climate and strengthening retirement income security for all Ontarians.
“I think the province has turned to the college system because of our real-world link, wanting to create employability and job-ready students,” said Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College. “The Youth Employment Strategy of the government is to deal with some of the youth unemployment. We need to get more opportunities, more jobs for our students and part of that is...
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By BECKI CREWE
Niagara College is emerging as an environmental leader with its sustainability co-ordinator Taryn Wilkinson taking a large step up the professional ladder.
Wilkinson was recently elected co-chair of the Ontario College and University Sustainability Professionals (OCUSP). This non-profit organization supports post-secondary sustainability professionals throughout Ontario.
“This is a great opportunity, not only for myself, but for the college as well,” said Wilkinson.
“For me, it’s a great opportunity for professional development and to get involved in sustainability and higher educational institutions, not just in Niagara, but across the province.”
Wilkinson believes her new position will allow the college to raise its profile about its accomplishments and work with other institutions to gain insights on things it hasn’t been able to tackle yet. She said this is an opportunity to work with higher educational institutions to push sustainability forward.
Wilkinson, a graduate of the Environmental Management and Assessment (EMA) Post-graduate Certificate program in...
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By KEVAN DOWD
Niagara College staff and student were “excited to launch” ncTakeOff, a new project to encourage and assist aspiring entrepreneurs starting their own companies. The launch, held at the Welland campus, Feb. 4, will establish an entrepreneurial hub on both campuses.
“The ncTakeOff project is an entrepreneurship hub,” said Rachel Crane, project manager of the program. “So what it’s doing is building a culture of entrepreneurship on campus. We know that there’s a lot of entrepreneurial activities already going on, a lot of faculty are also entrepreneurs, a lot of students are entrepreneurs or dreaming up ways to enterprise and solve problems within the community, the campus and beyond campus borders and in the world.”
According to Crane, the hub will act as a “think tank space” and “idea incubator” and will assist students who are entrepreneurs or aspiring to be, through mentorships, bringing in guest speakers and activities, such...
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By JOSH THOMAS
The Knights win a thriller versus St. Clair College, and finish off the regular season with a 15-3 record.
In what seems to have become typical Knights fashion, Niagara went down to the wire with the St. Clair Saints, of Windsor, Ont. The Knights didn’t need the win as they had already clinched second place in the western conference, but they wanted it because the game had implications for the rest of the standings.
Two sets into the game everything seemed to be going as planned; the Knights had taken both sets somewhat convincingly, 25-17, 25-20, and looked to be in for an early finish. However, St. Clair wouldn’t go away without a fight and the Knights began to stray from the game plan. St. Clair took the third and fourth set, 25-21, 25-21 and Niagara head coach Joey Martins needed to rally his troops.
“I stated things that...
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By LUCA GUARDARI
Students are gaining an extended ticket to ride with a lengthier bus schedule.
Niagara College students are getting what they want as demand for a longer bus schedule proved effective.
After 6:30 p.m., in the past, only two buses would be available for students trying to get a ride home; after students raised their voices and made their demands clear, buses now run until 10:30 p.m.
Ashlyn Berkhout said, “I think the schedule could have been changed sooner. It’s a great resource for students not just for school, but also as having a safe transportation if they have been drinking. The later the buses run, the less drinking and driving we would be seeing.”
The 19-year-old Marketing student at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus often has late nights at school due to projects, program responsiblities and other group work.
Berkhout said she is grateful nonetheless for the new schedule, even if she believes it...