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Civil Engineering students named “Road Scholars”

Published on Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016

Two Georgian College Civil Engineering students have been honoured with scholarships from the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association.

Robert Evan Brown and Glen Williams were honoured with two of four Roads Scholars awards at the association’s annual spring Operations seminar.

The students were selected for displaying exemplary leadership in their respective programs and expressing interest in the asphalt paving industry.

“The Roads Scholar Program was developed in 2012 through OHMPA’s Plant and Paving Committee. We are very happy by the interest generated by local colleges and the program is helping to better engage and educate young people about the industry as they are making career choices,” said Mike Deckert, Chairman of OHMPA’s Plant and Paving Committee and Vice President of FLO Components.

The OHMPA also unveiled its Student Resume Portal, designed to allow construction and technology students to easily post their resumes for OHMPA’s 135 member companies to view.

Europe beckons for Georgian students

Published on Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016

Students and faculty taking part in EuroTour 2016 pose in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy early in their trip.
Students and faculty taking part in EuroTour 2016 pose in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy early in their trip.

A cool spring day in Rome couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 23 Georgian students and faculty as they began their 10-day EuroTour study trip Monday, April 25. One of their first stops was the 2,000-year-old Colosseum in the Italian capital.

By the time the trip is over, they will have visited various cultural sights in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France. The annual faculty-led trip is designed with students in mind, including those who have never travelled abroad before. This is the ninth year for the popular sojourn.

Students are from a variety of programs in the Business and Management and Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation departments.

ECE student juggles college with First Nations advocacy

Published on Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016

A young woman wearing a scarf speaks at a microphone in a crowd of people.
Student Tristen Schneider voices recommendations and concerns of Ontario First Nation Youth.

Tristen Schneider has had to learn to juggle her college studies with advocacy work. She recently requested permission to re-schedule an exam as she had been asked to join an emergency discussion with Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne. Her profs, not surprisingly, were accommodating. Continue reading

Georgian College hosts 13th annual High School Hospitality Competition

Published on Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

Busy hands are shown working in a culinary lab.Georgian College’s Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation department hosts its 13th annual High School Hospitality Competition on Wednesday, April 27 at the Barrie Campus.

A total of 38 teams of secondary school students compete in cooking, baking and restaurant service categories.

Cooking teams, working in pairs, are required to prepare a three-course meal.

Baking teams prepare a variety of recipes.

Restaurant service students complete such tasks as professionally setting a table, preparing mocktails and lunch service.

Students from 19 secondary schools across Central Ontario are competing for prizes and scholarships to attend Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation programs at Georgian.

Participating schools for 2016 are:

  • Almaguin Highlands Secondary School
  • Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School
  • Gravenhurst High School
  • Clarington Central Secondary School
  • Haliburton Highlands Secondary School
  • Huron Heights Secondary School
  • Huntsville High School
  • J Clarke Richardson Collegiate
  • Jean Vanier Catholic High
  • John Cabot Secondary School
  • Parry Sound High School
  • Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School
  • Francis Xavier Secondary School
  • Joan of Arc High School
  • Peter’s Secondary School
  • Roch Secondary School
  • Thistletown Collegiate
  • Twin Lakes Secondary School
  • Widdifield Secondary School



Short-term hosts needed for visiting Mexican faculty this summer

Published on Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

Barrie residents who would like to take part in a dynamic, inter-cultural experience have a chance to do just that this summer. The Barrie Campus of Georgian College is welcoming 60 visiting faculty members from Mexico July 4 to 29 and is seeking local residents to host them.

This is an opportunity for community members in the Barrie area to spend some time with visitors from another culture. Many Georgian staff, friends and family have already agreed to help, but additional placements are still needed. Those taking part will need to commit to providing room and board for a one-month period. Georgian’s International department will provide $750 to cover related expenses.

“International education enriches lives – it’s all about experiencing a different way of living and enhancing cultural learning experiences,” says Marina Tomchak, International Housing Co-ordinator.

“Internationalization is a positive component to Barrie’s diversity and global awareness. Homestay hosts often become friends and guides in a new culture, and the experience can be very enjoyable all round.”

Marina adds that the international faculty get the benefit of establishing relationships in the community and practising their English language skills and cultural awareness.

To find out more, contact Tomchak at or call ext. 1357.

David Suzuki celebrates Earth Day 2016 at Georgian

Published on Friday, Apr. 22, 2016

award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki celebrated Earth Day 2016 at Georgian College's Barrie Campus
award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki celebrated Earth Day 2016 at Georgian College’s Barrie Campus.

What is the real bottom line in today’s Canada? It’s being prepared to cope with climate change and taking action now to help cushion its impact for future generations.

That’s the message that award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki brought to the Barrie Campus of Georgian College on Earth Day, Friday, April 22.

Suzuki shared his insights on The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom Line with more than 1,400 Georgian students, alumni, staff and supporters. His talk was also livestreamed to students at schools across Simcoe County.

“We’re at a critical point – right now we are determining what will be the survival of our species at the end of this century,” Suzuki said. “It’s an urgent crisis that, for young people, will ripple through your entire lives.”

He urged audience members to examine everything in their lives and consider how they can modify their lifestyles to reduce consumption of everything, including “stuff” in general.

The hour-long presentation was part of the President’s Thought Leadership Speaker Series, which engages the broader community in the exceptional learning experiences available at Georgian. Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes said that playing host to Suzuki on Earth Day had special significance for her and the entire Georgian College community.

“Having the renowned thought leader Dr. Suzuki, address students and residents from Simcoe County right here at Georgian on Earth Day, is just one of many examples showing that we are all concerned and ready to innovate and act to sustain our great community,” said West-Moynes.

The Hon. Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, also celebrated Earth Day by attending the event and introducing Suzuki to the crowd.

“It is an honour to celebrate Earth Day with one of the world’s most important and influential environmentalists – Dr. David Suzuki,” said Murray. “His quest to raise awareness of the impacts our actions have on our habitat, wildlife and environment has led to important behaviour changes here in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.”

More than 700 Simcoe County secondary school students attended the keynote session, with about 100 of them staying to participate in full-day environmental workshops organized by Georgian College. Paul Sloan, Superintendent of Education for the Simcoe County District School Board, said elementary and secondary school students were inspired by Suzuki’s message.

“I am struck by the passion and commitment of our young people to environmental stewardship,” said Sloan. “I am confident that the opportunity to see a Canadian icon speak about environmental responsibility and issues will increase that commitment.”

This event was sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment, Johnson Inc. and AMG Environmental Inc.

Interested in learning about Georgian’s Environmental programs?

Georgian College is tops in graduate employment and co-op education

Published on Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016

 Lake Simcoe Regional Airport
Lake Simcoe Regional Airport is just one of many local businesses and industries that are eager to hire Georgian graduates and co-op students.

Georgian College is number one in graduate employment among all 22 English-language Ontario colleges for 2015-16.

A total of 87.8 per cent of Georgian graduates found work within six months of graduation. This is well above the average of all Ontario colleges, which is 83.6 per cent. The numbers are contained in survey results released today by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Continue reading

HR students host interview clinic

Published on Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016

Students in the Human Resource Management program recently offered interview preparation clinics to other Georgian students.

The HR students learned about logistics, confirming participants and designing interview processes. Continue reading

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