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Georgian College researchers recognized by CICan

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dr. Jacqueline Limoges and Kim Jagos, centre, from Georgian’s Practical Nursing program accept their award for outstanding research.
Dr. Jacqueline Limoges and Kim Jagos, centre, from Georgian’s Practical Nursing program, accept their award for outstanding research.

Researchers at Georgian College and Bow Valley College are the first recipients of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) brand new Research on Colleges and Institutes Awards. These awards recognize achievements in research that have significantly advanced knowledge of the Canadian college and institute system.

The awards were divided in two categories. Researchers at Georgian College were recognized for best research related to teaching, learning and student success and those from Bow Valley College received a nod for best research of a system or institutional nature.

Dr. Jacqueline Limoges and Kim Jagos from Georgian’s Practical Nursing program were recognized for their work which aims to improve nursing education by evaluating how that education influences the way registered nurses and registered practical nurses interact and work together. Their study has shown how joint education can help resolve the tensions and disjunctures between the two groups and be used to teach collaborative decision-making. Continue reading

Women explore skilled trades at Midland Campus expo

Published on Friday, May 22, 2015

Women sitting in chairs listen as a man points to a whiteboard covered in diagrams.More than 50 women from as far as Owen Sound attended the second annual Skilled Trades Expo – Evening for Women at the Midland Campus May 12. Cabinetmaking Techniques instructor Lynn MacKinlay (Barrie Campus) provided a keynote address, encouraging attendees to consider pursuing careers in the trades. Lynn also shared her own story and addressed myths surrounding women entering trades professions. Continue reading

Barrie Campus Duckworth St. entrance closing for several weeks

Published on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Effective Monday, May 25, the Duckworth St. entrance leading to and from the college will be closed for approximately five to six weeks while necessary improvements are made to Georgian’s property in conjunction with the City of Barrie (the city is currently working on widening the street).

During this closure, please use either Georgian Dr. or Cook St. to enter and exit the Barrie Campus.

Note: Detours on college grounds will be in place during the auto show. Further communication will follow. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Georgian nursing student recognized with police chief citation

Published on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Practical Nursing student Sarah Gray was honoured with the Owen Sound Police Chief’s Citation Award for her role assisting a cyclist who was struck by a car last spring.

Sarah witnessed the accident and her instincts immediately took over. She got out of her car, directed bystanders and used first aid training to provide care and monitor the cyclist until paramedics arrived on scene. He sustained life-threatening injuries and still walks with crutches and a leg brace. Continue reading

Lakehead and Georgian plan continued collaboration on new degree programs

Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ULakehead University and Georgian College will continue to collaborate to establish needed new degree programs for students in Central Ontario. This follows the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announcement that major capacity expansion funding will not be awarded to the region.

“We recognize and support the need for fiscal responsibility, which is why throughout this process, we have offered a realistic, affordable solution to expanding degree capacity,” says Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “We propose leveraging existing resources to create space for new students today. There is incredible potential to expand access for students without immediate capital investment.”

Lakehead and Georgian will maximize the use of existing space to add 2,000 new degree students – 1,200 at Georgian’s Barrie Campus and 800 at Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus – without adding any new infrastructure.

Students will receive the best of university and college education – many in integrated programs, earning both a university degree and college diploma in four years.
“There is most certainly a need for increased degree capacity in Central Ontario,” says Georgian President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes. “Local employers tell us that need is particularly acute in fields such as science, health, and technology. Providing local access to new in-demand degrees will deliver long-term workforce benefits and economic expansion across our region.”

Lakehead and Georgian are already working on program development, and anticipate new programs as early as September 2016.

“The benefits are clear – improved access to postsecondary education, close to home, for more students throughout Simcoe County and Central Ontario today,” says Stevenson. “We have the solution to meeting the needs of students and communities over the next several years, and there is no reason to wait.”

Bringing 2,000 new degree students to Central Ontario would generate an ongoing economic impact of up to $110 million for Central Ontario and create additional jobs for faculty and staff in Barrie and Orillia.

For additional information about the major capacity expansion announcement, read the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities news release.

Lisa Raitt tours Owen Sound Campus marine simulator

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lisa Raitt, centre, federal Minister of Transportation, visited the Owen Sound Campus, including the marine simulator, on Friday, May 15. Joining her on the tour were, from left, Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller, and Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes.
Lisa Raitt, centre, federal Minister of Transportation, visited the Owen Sound Campus, including the marine simulator, on Friday, May 15. Joining her on the tour were, from left, Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller, and Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes.

Federal Minister of Transportation Lisa Raitt visited the Owen Sound Campus on Friday, May 15. She was given an extensive tour of the marine simulator, which is used by students in Georgian’s marine programs.

Joining Minister Raitt for the afternoon event were Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller, Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker, and Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes.


Register to play

Published on Friday, May 15, 2015

Sign up to play in one of the first golf tournaments of the year in our region. It’s a fun day on the links and you’ll be supporting awards and scholarships for deserving Georgian students. White lettering on orange background says 28th annual Georgian College Golf Classic May 26, 2015

Join us on Tuesday, May 26 at The Club at Bond Head for the Georgian Golf Classic presented by Casino Rama. Registration is $275 per player or $1,100 per foursome. Fee includes:  Continue reading

Aviation students get unprecedented access in Washington

Published on Friday, May 15, 2015

Georgian students stand in front of the sign for the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Georgian students stand in front of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Colton Cumberland)

A group of Aviation Management students from Georgian has returned from a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C.

Over the course of a week, the students were able to study a variety of current and historical aircraft at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum in downtown Washington and at Washington/Dulles International Airport.

The students were also given unprecedented access and insight with a tour of the secure air-side operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

This tour, organized and led by the students, helped to foster international aviation relationships between the student body and senior airport management as well as promote a greater understanding of the opportunities available within the aviation industry.

Auto Show 2015 – accelerate your success!

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015

A bright red shiny sportscar stands out beside a dull grey car.Batman, his Batmobile and even Batman’s friends will take centre stage at the at the 2015 Georgian College Auto Show Friday, June 5 to Sunday Jun 7 at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College.

In a special appearance for 2015, the caped crusader will be entertaining show guests of all ages in the main tent each day of the show.

For 30 years this outdoor, student-run show has allowed consumers their first peek at many new models in a sales-free environment. It’s an opportunity to learn all about the hottest vehicles on the market from trained, knowledgeable student teams.

And there’s much more to the show than simply checking out the outdoor showrooms. Anyone who craves excitement will want to take a thrilling ride around the Pfaff Autocross Track with a professional race car driver behind the wheel. All it takes is a donation to Camp Bucko, a camp for children with burn injuries. Show visitors can get the ride of their lives all day Saturday or Sunday.

Those whose tastes run to classic and customized cars will want to visit the show and shine display taking place Saturday and Sunday. Anyone who loves the exotic will be drawn to Grand Touring Automobiles, which is showcasing luxury vehicles at their finest all weekend. For speed, visitors can drop by the Formula 1200 racing exhibits located in the performance area.

Plug’n Drive hosts an Electric Vehicle Experience (EVE) to educate all visitors on the benefits of going green. Visitors will have the opportunity to test drive electric and hybrid vehicles provided by various manufacturers. The EVE Road Show has travelled to more than 130 events across Ontario, engaging in more than 36,000 conversations and giving more than 1,100 test drives. There’s also a distracted driver simulator where visitors can learn about the hazards involved in texting and driving.

Friday brings two special features. Free admission is offered to all EMS and CFB Borden personnel with proper identification. Also that day, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario will provide an accessible vehicle display.

Hungry? Check out the culinary village where Georgian College students will have prepared tasty fare using locally sourced products from Simcoe County.

A live auction takes place on Saturday, June 6 at 1 p.m. Many items have been donated from the supporting manufacturers and surrounding local businesses. All proceeds support scholarships for students in the Automotive Business School of Canada.

Co-ordinating the show with an audience of over 15,000 people and managing vehicles worth millions of dollars is a big responsibility. Fortunately, the student leaders of this year’s show are a talented group. The Georgian College Auto Show is the largest outdoor auto show and student lab in North America.

It’s difficult not to be impressed as the Barrie Campus is transformed into a city of tents. This show is sure to “wow” everyone who attends.

The gates are open Friday, June 5 from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily admission is $7 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free. A special weekend admission rate of $15 per person is also available, and parking is included in all prices. For more information and a $2 off coupon, visit

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