Student entrepreneurs vie for awards

Published on Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

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Culinary Management students Patricia Di Chiara, Emily Behm and Trisha Speakman came up with the business idea of creating a nut-free chocolate spread.

Students who created their business “Luisella” proved they weren’t nuts to design a chocolate spread after it earned them first place and $2,000 in the annual Georgian Den Competition at the Barrie Campus on April 10.

Culinary Management students Patricia Di Chiara, Emily Behm and Trisha Speakman came up with the business idea of creating a nut-free chocolate spread after Patricia’s family moved to Canada from Italy and her children could not take their beloved chocolate spread to school due to nut allergies.

The idea was a hit with judges made up of industry professionals, such as Kent Smith, owner/operator of Michael & Marion’s restaurant, Scott Kennedy from the IoT (Internet of Things) division of Rogers and Michael Lalonde, co-owner of Innovative Automation.

Luisella was one of about 30 student-led businesses from the Hospitality and Business programs that showcased the business idea they cultivated over the semester in a tradeshow held in the Holland Lounge in Georgian’s Automotive Building. The top six groups earned a spot in the final round of Georgian Den and competed for one of the four cash earning positions.

Hospitality student Chantal DeGaust’s business idea, “Veda,” placed second ($1,500); “In-Line Sports,” created by Recreation students Alexander Grove, Melissa Paoletti, Ashley Clubine and Daniel Harrison placed third ($1,000); and “B-Map,” the business idea created by Hospitality students Ryan Chevrefils, Anthony Cucullo, Tyler Stevens, Evan Good and Felisha Gravel came in fourth place ($500).

All of the students were in the Entrepreneurship for Small Business course.

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RVH and Georgian College partner to clean their campuses for Earth Day

Published on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, was joined by MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College president and CEO, and staff and students for a joint clean-up event to mark Earth Day 2017 on April 19.
Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, was joined by MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College president and CEO, and staff and students for a joint clean-up event to mark Earth Day 2017 on April 19.

Georgian College and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) joined forces for their own Earth Day joint- campus clean up on Wednesday, April 19.

Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, was joined at the Friendship Trail between the two facilities by MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College president and CEO, for the official kick-off of the campus clean up.

 At RVH we try to be green and in fact, we were just recognized for our energy and waste conservation efforts with a Silver seal on the Green Hospital Scorecard from the Ontario Hospital Association,” says Skot.  “RVH’s existing green initiatives are many – from lights that automatically shut off in the evening and increased recycling efforts, to most recently changing all the exterior parking lot lighting over to LED bulbs. RVH and Georgian College share a passion to reduce our corporate impact on the environment. Today we are committed to doing a bit more by partnering for this campus clean up, especially in the areas like this Friendship Trail, which are used by staff and students from both organizations.”

During the clean up Skot and West-Moynes donned work gloves and joined staff and students from their respective organizations, picking up garbage and recyclables.

“Every little bit helps. Each wrapper or paper cup we pick up today makes Georgian College and RVH a bit greener. It’s a dirty job, but it reminds us of the responsibility we all have to protect our planet,” says West-Moynes. “It’s fitting that we are here today cleaning up along the walkway that joins our two institutions. We share an important partnership that links us. We are both leading institutions that play major roles for the betterment of our regional communities. From Georgian’s point of view, our partnership brings such invaluable benefits as providing clinical placements for our students, and providing world-leading health care for staff and students alike.”

This is not the first time Georgian and RVH have worked together. Most recently the Georgian College Student Association stepped up to donate $25,000 to RVH’s Hearts & Minds campaign for the new Child and Youth Mental Health Inpatient unit.

“This is yet another example of how we are working together. Truly we are the best of neighbours,” says Skot.

 

Volunteer’s dolls help brighten lives of Dominican children

Published on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Ina Wood has made these Izzy dolls for a couple of years for Georgian Nursing students to take on their annual volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic.
Ina Wood has made these Izzy dolls for a couple of years for Georgian Nursing students to take on their annual volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic.

Meet Ina Wood. Ina is an 80-plus-year-old dynamo who has been working diligently on these cute “Izzy” dolls for the Georgian nursing trip to San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic. She found out about the good work done  by Georgian students through Alicia Sedgwick. Sedgwick is a Nursing professor in the School of Health, Wellness and Sciences, and is a friend of Ina’s daughter.

Those who know Ina’s passion for good causes know that she puts a lot of care and effort into projects she believes in. Georgian students and faculty will be passing out the dolls to children when they travel to the Caribbean nation on the college’s annual volunteer medical working trip in May.

The dolls have always been a big hit, says Sedgwick.

“We use these dolls to give to the local children, both male and female, who come to our clinics,” she said. “The children love them.”

The annual trip has grown over the years to include not only nursing students, but also students from various health disciplines and medical professionals from throughout the community, bringing much-needed health care to thousands of people in the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic.

This year, 29 students are going on the 10-day trip, from a variety of programs including Bachelor of Science in Nursing,  Practical Nursing, Personal Support workers,   Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. Six leaders are also going.

“This trip is a service learning opportunity for students interested in acquiring trans-cultural skills,” said Sedgwick. “Our goal is for students and faculty to recognize, understand and appreciate cultural similarities and differences between Canada and the Dominican Republic. It is also an example of an inter-professional project that has had a major impact on our students.”

 

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

Published on Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

Two blonde smiling female students sitting at a table with windows behindGeorgian College is number one in graduate employment among all Ontario colleges for 2016-17.

A total of 87.3 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 per cent. The numbers are contained in survey results released today by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

“We are extremely gratified to be recognized as the top Ontario college for graduate employment,” said Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes. “Our faculty, staff and community partners all work hard to make sure that our graduates leave Georgian with networks, skills, work experience and strong resumés that give them an unrivalled advantage in launching their careers. In today’s competitive job market, the most important thing we do is prepare graduates for a meaningful career.”

West-Moynes said Georgian offers more than 125 strong and innovative programs whose faculty members are in close touch with industry leaders. This ensures that program content is always relevant to the changing needs of employers.

“Georgian graduates can find careers in countries around the world, but many are happily working in rewarding positions close to home. Local employers strongly recognize the value of a Georgian education and view the college and its graduates as key factors in their ongoing success,” said West-Moynes.

Georgian is also number one in terms of co-op education among Ontario colleges. A pioneer in co-op programs in the province, Georgian continues as a leader in the field.

Georgian offers the most programs with paid co-op work terms in the Ontario college system. Georgian also has the most students registered in co-op programs and the highest percentage of programs with co-op.

“In total, 6,200 employers partner with Georgian to offer student work experiences, including co-op, internship, placement and field experience,” said West-Moynes. “We work together with employers to provide graduates with the skills and experience to meet their needs. This partnership is reflected in our strong graduate employment rate.”

One hundred per cent of Georgian’s full-time programs include hands-on experiences in workplaces, on campus, or in the community. Most offer a formal work-integrated learning opportunity, ranging from paid co-op terms to internships and field placements. The co-op research findings were gathered by the Institutional Research department of Georgian College.

 

Veterans’ Affairs Minister chooses Barrie Campus to announce improved education benefits for veterans

Published on Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, right, with Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and student Victoria Kovatchev, left, at the Barrie Campus on April 18, 2017.
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, right, with Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and student Victoria Kovatchev, left, at the Barrie Campus on April 18, 2017.

The Barrie Campus of Georgian College was proud to host the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence for an announcement of several new educational initiatives available to veterans as part of the federal government’s Budget 2017.

The initiatives announced by Hehr recognize the important role of caregivers, as well as the need to help more families, support mental health and provide for the education and training veterans need to find work they want in their post-military lives.

Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes spoke about the close ties between Georgian and the Canadian military and its veterans. She also praised the work of Hon. Col. Jamie Massie for his work with veterans including the creation of the Operation Hero scholarship program at Georgian. Among several veteran/students who attended the event was Civil Engineering Technology student Victoria Kovatchev, who led the minister on a tour of her program area, as well as the Barrie Campus cenotaph.

The new Education and Training benefit provides up to $80,000 of financial support for the costs of college, university or technical education. Veterans will be able to make choices that best suit their family’s situation during their transition, Hehr said.

This benefit supports veterans in achieving their education and future post-military employment goals, and positions them to be more competitive in the workforce.

 

Georgian students, staff and community partners showcase research, innovation and scholarship

Published on Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Computer Programmer Analyst student Ben Dunn demonstrates his team's room-scale virtual reality simulator at Georgian's second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus.
Computer Programmer Analyst student Ben Dunn demonstrates his team’s room-scale virtual reality simulator at Georgian’s second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus.

What do a robotic exoskeleton, clamp force measuring system, and room-scale virtual reality simulator have in common? They’re all innovative products created and developed by Georgian students.

Dozens of students from a variety of program areas joined Georgian faculty and community partners in presenting their ideas and projects at the college’s second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus. Continue reading

Building the future of Muskoka: Carpentry pre-apprenticeship program gets green light at Georgian College Muskoka Campus

Published on Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Man works on building a project in the Georgian Muskoka Campus carpentry labCarpenters and the construction industry play a crucial role in the Muskoka economy. A new Georgian program launching in May aims to help more local residents gain the skills they need to start an apprenticeship.

The college has received approval from the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer a single intake of Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship in May 2017 at its Muskoka Campus in Bracebridge. This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Government of Ontario. Continue reading

Chartwells grant helps Growing Georgian blossom this summer

Published on Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

Avery Konda, Georgian College Student Association President (Barrie Campus) and a founder of Growing Georgian, said he is thrilled to have such strong support from Chartwells.
Avery Konda, Georgian College Student Association President (Barrie Campus) and a founder of Growing Georgian.

Growing Georgian – a student-led initiative aimed at getting ecologically produced, local food onto the plates of Georgian students – has received a $5,000 boost from Chartwells.

The grant is being provided under the Chartwells’ Campus Projects program, which aims to encourage students to work together with Chartwells to turn their innovative ideas into tangible action that positively contributes to sustainable food services on campus. Continue reading

Brenda Burman named manager of Orangeville Campus

Published on Tuesday, Apr. 04, 2017

Brenda Burman named new manager of Georgian College Orangeville Campus
Brenda Burman is the new campus manager at the Georgian College Orangeville Campus (photo credit: Mike Pickford, Orangeville Citizen).

Brenda Burman is the new campus manager at Georgian College’s Orangeville Campus. She will continue to manage the Centre for Career and Employment Community Services at the Edelbrock Centre, a position she has held since 2011.

Her new position adds responsibility for postsecondary, corporate training and academic upgrading to her current portfolio of career and employment programs. Continue reading

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