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Register today for your free ticket to hear Rick Hansen

Man sitting in a wheelchairRegister today for your FREE ticket to hear Rick Hansen (the Man in Motion) on Oct. 5 from 12:45 to 4 p.m. at Georgian’s 50th birthday bash!

There will be cake and live music after. You must register to attend, you can bring one guest. It is first come first serve for seating so be sure to come early! Read more...

Georgian College celebrates 50 years of student success with Simcoe County

Dignitaries standing around a flag pole and one firefighter holding a flagCounty of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall and Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes together celebrated 50 years since the launch of Georgian College through a flag-raising ceremony at the County of Simcoe Administrative Centre today.

West-Moynes pointed out that the County of Simcoe and Georgian College have a long-standing partnership to make postsecondary education accessible throughout the region. Earlier this year, the county pledged $5 million to support the new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre under construction at Georgian’s Barrie Campus. County Council has previously supported the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences at the Barrie Campus and the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus in Collingwood. Read more...

Jim Bertram new Chair of Georgian College Board of Governors

Smiling man wearing a suitJim Bertram of the Town of The Blue Mountains is the new Chair of the Georgian College Board of Governors, which held its first meeting of the academic year last night. Jim joined the board in September 2012 and served as Vice Chair for two years before being elected as Chair by colleagues on the board.

He has made exceptional contributions to the board as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Chair of the Nominations Committee. Jim has also been a member of the Executive Committee, Recognition Committee, Strategic Plan Ad-hoc Committee, board mentor, and member of the College Employer Council Governor Review Committee. Read more...

Update on Laurentian University strike

Laurentian University began a strike on Thursday, Sept. 28 and has cancelled its classes at Georgian’s Barrie Campus as a result.

This affects seven Laurentian faculty members and 64 Laurentian students. Only Laurentian classes are affected. All other Georgian classes and activities continue as normal.  Read more...

Possible Laurentian University faculty strike

Georgian has been informed Laurentian University faculty who teach at the Barrie Campus will be in a legal strike position as of midnight tonight (12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28).

This does not mean there will be a strike; in fact, negotiations are continuing. Read more...

Georgian College sports field officially dedicated as the J.C. Massie Field

A crowd of people standing under an archThe Georgian College sports field was officially dedicated as the J.C. Massie Field today in recognition of a generous gift of $500,000 from the Massie family.

J.C. Massie’s children Jamie Massie and Marilynn Booth, joined by members of the extended family, unveiled an arch honouring their father. Read more...

Georgian College donors meet the students their gifts impact

Two women standing next to a banner.As a single mom and guardian to her grandson, Shivonne O’Brien struggled to pay her college tuition. But thanks to an award she received, she’s able to focus more on her studies and worry less about paying the bills.

O’Brien was one of several students who had the opportunity to express her gratitude and network with Georgian donors and supporters at a special gathering Sept. 19 in the Georgian Dining Room, Barrie Campus. Read more...

Update on faculty contract negotiations

Negotiations continue to reach a new contract agreement for faculty at Ontario’s 24 colleges. Members voted on Sept. 14 to give their union a strike mandate. However, this does not mean there will be a strike. The two sides are scheduled to return to the bargaining table next Monday, Sept. 18.

For more information, visit thecouncil.ca and opseu.org. Read more...

Georgian opens Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre

Approximately 250 Georgian College students are now studying in a vibrant new centre in Barrie’s downtown core.

Students, staff, government representatives and community supporters celebrated the opening of the Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre today. Read more...

Lakehead-Georgian welcomes first students

Approximately 36 students began their studies at the Barrie Campus in September as part of Lakehead-Georgian’s first classes.  Students embarked on a four-year journey in the first two Lakehead-Georgian combined programs: Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with Electrical Engineering Technology advanced diploma, and Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Ecosystem Management) degree with Environmental Technician diploma.

“I’ve always been a very hands-on person,” says Bridget Healy, a first-year engineering student. “I explored a number of other degree programs, but the university-college model at Georgian really appealed to me. I liked the idea of having one-on-one interaction with the faculty and learning practical skills.” Healy, who is from Orillia, also loved the fact she can live at home and have a short commute to school. Read more...