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Photo essay: Breakfast with a Barrie Homestay family

Tom and Maureen Staples own a beautiful, two-storey home in downtown Barrie. Tom is from Canada, Maureen is from Australia, and both have dual citizenship. They have seven children. The five oldest are all grown up with busy lives in Australia, where the family resided for 28 years. The two youngest live in Canada, and one lives at home; she was on holiday in Australia, when we visited.

The Staples have hosted several international students through the Homestay program and it’s clear from the moment you walk into their home that they’re kind and welcoming people. “We were so used to having children around – and a full house. It was just a no brainer,” explains Maureen. “I get to have new daughters and new sons, from all over the world.” Read more...

Infographic: 45 student jobs on campus

There are dozens of part-time student jobs on campus. Here’s a comprehensive list to help you earn while you learn.

Many of these positions fill up over the summer and early fall, so now’s the perfect time to prepare and/or send your resumé and cover letter. Read more...

Georgian Grizzlies OCAA schedule released for 2018-19 season

The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) has announced its league and tournament regular season schedules for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

The Georgian Grizzlies compete in 13 men’s and women’s varsity sports in the OCAA between September and March each year. During this time, student athletes from Georgian will participate in more than 100 games and tournaments across Ontario. Read more...

Inspiring mom wins first-year tuition

This spring, all new full-time domestic students who paid their tuition deposit on time were entered into a contest to win their first-year tuition fees.

The lucky winner is Brittney Kenny, a hard-working, energetic single mother. Brittney starts the Law Clerk diploma program at the Barrie Campus this fall. We interviewed her about her journey to Georgian, and what it meant to win the draw. Read more...

Five signs you’d make a great Homestay host

1. You own a home with an empty bedroom

Do you have a furnished, unoccupied bedroom in your house or condo? Does your home have Wi-fi and laundry facilities? Then why not put them to good use by hosting an international student who needs a home away from home?

VIew of Barrie residence bedroom

2. Your home is near a Georgian campus

If you can walk, bike, or take transit to a Georgian campus from your home, you are in the perfect location for the Homestay program. Read more...

Gene Haas Foundation donates $40,000 for Georgian College students

Seven men posting with a big cheque for $40,000Dan Ferko, President of Sirco Machinery Co. Ltd., a Canadian Haas Factory Outlet, visited Georgian College to present a cheque for $40,000 USD, to senior staff and faculty. These funds go toward the Gene Haas Scholarship for students in the Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills program who achieve an average of 75 per cent or higher in their third semester. The Gene Haas Foundation aims to support and grow the manufacturing workforce by investing in the training of skilled workers.

“We are committed to helping Georgian College students achieve their goals of pursuing a career in the trades,” says Ferko. “These awards and scholarships help students achieve success by allowing them to focus on their studies. We are confident they will go on to become the leaders and innovators of the future.” Read more...

Unique program helps students with disabilities transition into college life

Students gather on the lawn in a semi-circle writing notes and working on laptop computersMaking the transition from high school to college is difficult for all students, and those with disabilities face additional challenges.

Georgian’s Student Success Services will host a summer transition program for students with disabilities. Read more...

Georgian students hone skills reading books to children

International students holding up children's booksThe college’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program provides domestic and international students with the skills they need for success in higher education, work and life in Canada.

Level 6 students have the opportunity to practise their speaking and pronunciation skills by reading storybooks to students at Emma King Public School in Barrie. Read more...

Lou Biffis recognized with honorary diploma at Barrie Campus convocation June 19

An older man sitting at a table flanked by a man and a woman. They are all wearing convocation gowns.Georgian College presented longtime supporter Lou Biffis with the Board of Governors’ Honorary Diploma. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO and Board of Governors Vice Chair Don Gordon conferred the diploma on Biffis during convocation ceremonies at the Barrie Campus on Tuesday, June 19.

The Georgian College Board of Governors’ Honorary Diploma is presented to a recipient who has demonstrated excellence in their profession or industry, and who has made a major contribution to an academic program at Georgian College through a significant contribution of expertise, influence and personal time. Read more...

Dual credit program a great introduction to college

As the secondary school year comes to a close, many high school students are finishing classes at Georgian College. About 1,100 students from eight school boards take college credits that count toward their high school diplomas at Georgian each year.

Girl with long dark hair standing in front of a displayJessica Gauvin is one such student. When she started the 2017-18 academic year, her guidance counsellor at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School told the Grade 12 student she was missing several credits and would not be able to graduate with her peers. To catch up, she decided to take an Introduction to Psychology dual credit course. Read more...