Georgian students win silver and bronze at marketing competition

Published on Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

A group of students and faculty posing together in Georgian jackets.Students from Georgian’s Business – Marketing and Advertising and Marketing Communications programs took on top students from 12 other Ontario colleges in two days of intense competition recently at the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition in Kitchener.

Krista Francis and Karl Snider took home the silver medal in International Marketing, James McNabb placed fourth in Quiz Bowl, and Graeme Mieczaniec and Jocelyn Kell earned fifth place in the Direct Marketing event to score valuable team points for Georgian College. 

Congratulations to all participants, and sincere thanks to the faculty who volunteered their time to coach our team.

 

Georgian celebrates another honour for Electrical Technician and Technology programs

Published on Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

A group of people standing in the Georgian Dining Room, one man holds an award certificate.
Students, faculty, industry representatives, co-op advisors and administration gathered at the Barrie Campus to celebrate the recognition by the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ International Award of Excellence.

Georgian is bronze recipient of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ International Award of Excellence (Higher Technical Skills category).

Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology students, faculty, industry representatives, co-op advisors and administration gathered this week at the Barrie Campus to celebrate. The award was formally presented earlier this fall when the congress met in Vitória, Espírito Santo (Brazil).

The award recognizes an individual, institution or institutional association that has demonstrated excellence in partnering with industry to improve access to jobs and meet the skills needs of the 21st century workforce.

In 2015-16, Georgian was also bronze recipient of the 2015-16 CICan Program Excellence Award. Following that recognition, the college was invited to make a submission for the International Award of Excellence.

Why we’re a leader 

Georgian’s relationships with industry partners ensure the skills and knowledge taught in our programs match industry needs while maintaining compliance with ministry program standards.

Strong faculty experience in industry, co-operative education, and leading-edge technologies incorporated in our programs ensure students are job-ready.

Long-standing relationships combined with new partnerships – such as those with Bruce Power and Lakehead University – enable Georgian to produce graduates able to work directly with apprentices and engineers to design, build, operate and maintain the infrastructure that allows Ontario to be a manufacturing and innovation location of choice in the global marketplace.

 

Part-time Practical Nursing diploma program is coming to the South Georgian Bay Campus in January 2018

Published on Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

nurse bending over working with simulator patientsA new, part-time Practical Nursing program will begin in January 2018 at the South Georgian Bay Campus.

Students can earn a diploma in Practical Nursing without giving up their current jobs. The program is particularly aimed at local residents with busy lives who want to get the credential but can’t travel out of town for classes.

Georgian’s Practical Nursing program offers theory combined with hands-on experience through practical labs, simulation and clinical placements.

Anticipated class dates include Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Students will be provided with a program map that outlines what and when courses are scheduled for the entire length of the program. The South Georgian Bay Campus is located on a Collingwood Transit route. Georgian College will provide bus transportation to the Barrie Campus on Saturdays for simulation/lab courses.

Applicants who are concerned they may not meet the academic entrance requirements will want to consider the Academic and Career Preparation (upgrading) programs offered at the South Georgian Bay Campus. This free Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. Upgrading classes are held part-time in evenings to help students get ready for postsecondary studies. Many Georgian students have found great success through these upgrading programs.

Graduates of the Practical Nursing diploma can become employed as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) upon successful completion of the licensing exam through the College of Nurses of Ontario. RPNs find employment opportunities in general hospitals, special hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the aged, clinics or community health services.

Georgian’s Barrie campus also provides a successive academic pathway for RPNs with the RPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) bridging program in partnership with UOIT. Admission requirements apply.

An information night for the Practical Nursing program is being held at the South Georgian Bay campus on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Staff will be on hand to provide information about program delivery and admission requirements, as well as upgrading and college preparation.

For more information, contact the campus at 705.445.2961 or drop in to 499 Raglan St. in Collingwood.

Sony Canada donates $20,000 in gear to Georgian College’s Digital Photography and Imaging program

Published on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

three men and one woman waving and standing in front of a table of camera equipment and boxesGeorgian’s Digital Photography and Imaging students will benefit from an in-kind donation of $20,000 worth of professional gear by Sony Canada for the next year.

“Georgian is one of only six schools in Canada to participate in this program that puts $20,000 worth of professional gear in students’ hands for a year,” said Rob Skeoch, Manager of Digital Imaging Events and Training, Consumer Products Group, Sony Canada.

The gear, which includes five camera bodies and assorted lenses, is among the best Sony makes. These cameras are mirrorless – a new trend in camera gear. That makes them different from the DSLR systems with which the students are used to working. Several of the donated items are actually on back order for the general public, so it’s an incredible coup to have them available to Georgian’s photography students.

Gaining experience on this high-end equipment will give Georgian students an advantage when they graduate, in both assisting other photographers and making important decisions when it comes to equipping their own practice. These unique cameras use exceptionally sharp lenses, can work under extremely low light conditions and can shoot without making a sound.

“Sony is massively generous to us and they have given our students the opportunity to shoot with the best cameras and lenses they make, allowing our students to push creative boundaries within a new camera format,” said Peter Stranks, Digital Photography and Imaging faculty member. “At graduation, our students will have a robust portfolio and real-world experience on a system that would otherwise be challenging for a newcomer in the field to access.”

The Georgian-Sony connection was forged when Stranks met Skeoch at a workshop he hosted for Stranks’ film union. Stranks invited him to Georgian and toured him around the Barrie Campus. Skeoch also learned how the photography students have benefitted from past equipment donations. Skeoch attended Georgian’s trade show last year with sample gear and with five ballet dancers for the students to photograph – at no charge. This past summer, he contacted Stranks with the offer to lend Sony Canada equipment.

Stranks added that Georgian’s Digital Photography and Imaging faculty are privileged to have very close ties to key players in the industry.

“It’s a small family and the respect accorded to our program is a testament to the quality of our faculty and students graduating from Georgian,” he said.

“It’s amazing that a well-known company like Sony has offered us this incredible equipment to learn on and practise new techniques for the year,” said Ryan Wesley, second-year Digital Photography and Imaging student.

Steve Paikin unveils new bio of William Davis

Published on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Journalist and author Steve Paikin speaks to the crowd assembled at the Georgian Dining Room at the Barrie campus of Georgian College on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 to hear excerpts from his new book on former Ontario premier William Davis. Among many accomplishments, Davis was responsible for the creation of the community college system and TVO. He is also the first Fellow of Georgian College.
Journalist and author Steve Paikin speaks to the crowd assembled at the Georgian Dining Room at the Barrie campus of Georgian College on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 to hear excerpts from his new book on former Ontario premier William Davis. Among many accomplishments, Davis was responsible for the creation of the community college system and TVO. He is also the first Fellow of Georgian College.

Georgian board member Marilynn Booth recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Published on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

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Congrats, Marilynn!

In recognition of her passion for lifelong learning and impressive accomplishments over the course of her career, the Women’s Executive Network presented Board of Governors member Marilynn Booth with a 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the PwC Public Sector Leaders category.

Marilynn joined Georgian College’s Board of Governors in September. She’s set to retire next month as dean of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she led a program of renewal, growth and innovation aimed at better meeting the needs of adult learners.

Marilynn previously served for 12 years as dean of the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University and as a tenured professor of nursing.

Marilynn’s taken on many voluntary leadership roles over the years, including president of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education, president of the Ontario Council of University Lifelong Learning, and a board member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

At Lakefield College School, Marilynn was the first woman to chair its Board of Directors after 125 years of male leadership. She’s also worked to advance continuing education in many parts of the globe, including Jamaica, Mexico, Bolivia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Georgia and the United Arab Emirates.

The Top 100 Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Canadian women across a wide range of fields and professions who have contributed significantly as leaders, innovators and role models.

This exciting news comes on the heels of an announcement that Board of Governors member Dianne Martin, a Georgian Nursing alumna, won a Premier’s Award in the Health Sciences category. Dianne was recognized for her leadership and advocacy work.

Students teach other students about drug disposal safety

Published on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

A group of students in scrubs presenting info to others sitting at tables.An Interprofessional Mobile Learning Team (MLT) made up of students in the Pharmacy Technician and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs presented an informative “infomercial” to other students in the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences recently.

The infomercial was about safe and appropriate disposal of Fentanyl patches and was based on the Fentanyl Patch for Patch Program, an Ontario-wide initiative to ensure the safe and appropriate disposal of Fentanyl patches.

Fentanyl has been in the news recently as it is frequently misused and abused. Fentanyl is a prescribed medication that is being diverted and is very dangerous when used inappropriately. Patients are now asked to return any patches previously dispensed to them back to the pharmacy before they are able to receive another prescription for them.

The MLT students shared awareness of this program with other Georgian students.

Another mobile session will take place Monday, Nov. 28 between noon and 1 p.m. in the second floor lounge in the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences.

Double win for Georgian alumnae at Premier’s Awards gala

Published on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Close-up head shot of Premier's Awards winner Aylan Couchie
Design and Visual Arts alumna Aylan Couchie

It’s a double win for Georgian College at the 2016 Colleges Ontario Premier’s Awards. Art and Design Fundamentals and Fine Arts – Advanced alumna Aylan Couchie won in the Recent Graduate category while Nursing alumna Dianne Martin won in the  Health Sciences category. They were both recognized for their leadership and advocacy work at a gala in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 21.

The Premier’s Awards are granted to six individuals across the province annually and celebrate the outstanding contributions college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world. More than 100 nominations were submitted by Ontario’s 24 public colleges in six categories: Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Recent Graduate, and Technology.  Continue reading

J.P. Bickell Foundation donates $50,000 to support Georgian College’s mental health programming

Published on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Karen Snowdon-Steacy and Maxine Duncan, representing Scotia Wealth Management on behalf of the J.P. Bickell Foundation, present Lisa Banks, Vice President, External Relations, Georgian College along with members of the Georgian College Mental Health and Awareness Committee with a $50,000 cheque to support mental health services at Georgian College.
Karen Snowdon-Steacy and Maxine Duncan, representing Scotia Wealth Management on behalf of the J.P. Bickell Foundation, present Lisa Banks, Vice President, External Relations, Georgian College along with members of the Georgian College Mental Health and Awareness Committee with a $50,000 cheque to support mental health services at Georgian College. Nov 2016

The J.P. Bickell Foundation, a long-standing philanthropic organization, has demonstrated its support to Georgian College’s mental health programming and services in a big way. Continue reading

Base Borden Run raises more than $26,000 for Operation Hero scholarship

Published on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Pictured (l-r): Col. Liam McGarry; Honorary Col. Jamie Massie; Georgian College Students' Association – Barrie President Avery Konda; Anita Stacey, Barrie Construction Association; Georgian College Board of Governors Chair Tom McBride; Mark Mulder, Simcoe County Home Builders' Association; Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes; and, Chief Warrant Officer Michael Charette.
Pictured (l-r): Col. Liam McGarry; Honorary Col. Jamie Massie; Georgian College Students’ Association – Barrie President Avery Konda; Anita Stacey, Barrie Construction Association; Georgian College Board of Governors Chair Tom McBride; Mark Mulder, Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association; Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes; and, Chief Warrant Officer Michael Charette.

The seventh annual Base Borden Run, held Sept. 25 at CFB Borden, raised $26,400 for the Operation Hero scholarship, ensuring generations of students will benefit from this special event. Continue reading

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