Fast-track your career

Have a degree or diploma? Not sure how to turn it into a career? Georgian’s one-year graduate certificates can help fast-track you into the workplace in just nine to 12 months. The programs, spanning a variety of fields, have built-in work placements or real-world applied learning opportunities. They focus on developing the skills and experience employers are looking for.

The Events Management class stands in front of the Barrie Campus cenotaph

Event Management students practised what they’re learning in their Networking and Fundraising course during the recent Barrie Campus fire drill. The group spent their time outside getting to know each other; they've learned the value of networking at every opportunity. Read more...

Erin McKenney

Research Analyst, Durham Catholic School Board

Program:

Research Analyst

Year:

2006


The applied skills I learned in the Research Analyst program gave me the hands-on experience needed to land my first job. The major research project course and others that required work with clients in the community were opportunities to apply our learning to real-life scenarios. A very hands-on program! Read more...

Georgian College Alumni

Lisa Eveleigh

Lisa has had a diverse career in fundraising and leadership in the non-profit sector. She has been a professional fundraiser for close to 20 years, working in the not-for-profit management field overseeing national, regional and local campaigns, including marketing and promotional strategies. Lisa's leadership skills have allowed her to manage large, complex staff teams and build comprehensive fund development strategic plans to support organizational growth and development. Read more...

The Events Management class stands in front of the Barrie Campus cenotaph

Event Management students practised what they’re learning in their Networking and Fundraising course during the recent Barrie Campus fire drill. The group spent their time outside getting to know each other; they've learned the value of networking at every opportunity. Read more...

This summer, students in the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program facilitated Sound Sense presentations on behalf of the Hearing Foundation of Canada to fourth grade students across Simcoe County. Read more...

Sometimes all it takes to get an idea off the ground is a few basic resources. That’s why Georgian College is sponsoring two TrepDesks – work spaces for ambitious and entrepreneurial students in the Barrie community who are striving to make burgeoning businesses a reality. Read more...

Students and potential employers are sitting in pairs, networking.

In a whirlwind event similar to ‘speed dating,’ students from the Research Analyst program (RAP) met with prospective employers at the Barrie Campus on Jan. 16, 2013 for the RAP Internship and Job Fair. Read more...

A display case from the Jewellery sale, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings in a variety of materials

Students in the Jewellery and Metals program held their annual Valentine’s sale at Georgian’s Barrie Campus in February. The second floor of the administrative building, across from Subway restaurant, was bustling with people checking out student-made bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Read more...

A large group of students stand outside holding paper smiles up to their mouths

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) students raised $4,104.70 in support of Operation Smile at the second annual Smiles for Hope dinner gala fundraiser on July 25 in the Georgian Dining Room, Barrie Campus. Read more...

Congrats to our Communicative Disorders Assistant students for a successful year of fundraising.

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) students held their third annual Smiles for Hope Gala on July 18, raising close to $3,000 in support of Operation Smile. CDA students organized another successful gala that included a dinner and silent auction.They have been fundraising all year. Read more...

A group of students pose in front of a table full of baked goods.

During the fall semester, students in the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program raised $2,175 for theirVoiceless for Victor campaign – helping to fund a speech and hearing clinic in Malawi, Africa, created by Victor Musowa, a former Georgian CDA student from Malawi. Read more...

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Pre-Service Firefighter students in Ontario have helped to raise more $100,000 over the past nine years in support of Camp BUCKO. Georgian hosted the annual combat event this month, bringing together students from colleges across the province in an exciting skills competition. Read more...

Man holding a hand to his ear

The Georgian College Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program and the Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic offered a Hear Smarter – Communicate Easier workshop for seniors with hearing aids in May and June, 2013 at the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness. Read more...

Human Resources student sitting down conducting an interview

Students in the Human Resource Management program recently offered interview preparation clinics to other Georgian students. Read more...

On February 6, 2013 students welcomed Laura Hemeryck, Account Manager at comScore Toronto, into their New Research Technology class. Laura explained the technology and methodology of how comScore measures online behaviour, and then took the students on a “deep dive” into practical case studies. Read more...

Portrait of smiling entrepreneur Julie Snache

Armed with a degree, Julie Snache was feeling restless and unsatisfied with her career. She traded in her full-time job in Waterloo for the opportunity to pursue Georgian’s new graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Read more...

Researcher Annie Pettit stands in front of a powerpoint screen

Students from both Research Analyst cohorts were privileged to attend a seminar with special guest speaker Annie Pettit. Annie is the of author of “The Listen Lady,” an educational novel about social media research, and a self-described market research methodologist. Read more...

What inspires artists? What is that spark that sets an artist’s artwork into motion? In other words, what is the artist’s muse? This interesting question is being addressed by students of Georgian's Museum and Gallery Studies program through a special visual art exhibition titled The Intimate Muse. Read more...

UP: an entrepreneurial evening. Thursday, April 18, 2015.

Georgian College Event Management students are in high gear planning UP, an exciting event for this spring season. Catering to aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs alike, this event is designed to assist individuals who are interested in, or currently running their own business. Read more...

An original necklace by a student artist

‘Rock in Metal’, the 2014 Goldsmithing graduate showcase, begins an Ontario-wide tour this month. The exhibition of stunning jewellery created by nine graduating Goldsmithing graduate certificate students, is open to the public at the Barrie Campus until May 14. Read more...

Current student Travis speaks to a chef in an industrial kitchen

I decided to expand my entrepreneurial abilities at Georgian because it met and exceeded my checklist for the kind of learning environment I wanted. The experienced instructors, new facilities and opportunities available to students were exactly what I needed. Read more...

Young woman pictured with smiling gentleman at award ceremony.

It was a night for celebrating bravery and goodwill at Barrie Police Service. Community members, police service staff and students were honoured at an annual awards event on March 20, recognizing exemplary policing efforts in the city and civilian efforts to help out strangers in need. Read more...

Four student researchers stand at the entrance of Smuckers

Georgian Research Analyst students Barbara Ireland, Ramandeep Matharu, Jessica Moore and Gladys Concon received kudos from Smucker’s for a study they completed on the beverage consumption patterns and preferences for millennials (18 to 30-year-olds). Read more...

We are very grateful for support from Microsoft Canada as we help our Computer Programmer and Web students get on Microsoft Azure, an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Read more...

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There’s nothing like learning from first-hand experience and students in Georgian’s entrepreneurship programs are doing just that. They're meeting and collaborating with established entrepreneurs at the Creative Space in downtown Barrie. As students explain in this video, it’s been a valuable learning experience. Read more...

A student sits in the welcome area for the clinic

For many, the summer is a time to kick back and relax. However, when it comes to speech, consistent and regular practice can help retain and improve speech goals. Read more...

A group of students stands in front of a beautifully set table at Dine in the Dark

Event Management students honed their practical skills while helping to set up for a Dining in the Dark fundraiser at the Barrie Masonic Temple in support of CNIB. Read more...

A large group of students standing together

Professors Dave Aves and Norm Smith took students on a field trip to Toronto Feb. 15, 2012 to provide them with a contemporary context of what’s happening in both the Canadian and global automotive sectors. Read more...

A children’s carnival style event – Capes & Crowns – was held Saturday, April 5, to raise funds for Georgian Event Management scholarships and Seasons Centre for Grieving Children. Students in Georgian’s Event Management program organized the day at Holly Meadows Elementary School in Barrie. Read more...

infographic of weight difference between books and IPad Mini

This fall, Program Co-ordinator Randi McDermott says they are eliminating all paper books in Georgian’s paramedic programs. Students will purchase iPad Minis and Georgian Stores has created one-stop-shopping for all required digital books. Read more...

A large group of students, staff and their families at Boston Pizza

For the past three years, students from the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program have fundraised for Operation Smile. On Nov. 26, students held their first fundraising event of the year at Boston Pizza in Barrie, raising $623. Read more...

A collage of photos of students working on or demonstrating their projects.

Close to 200 people came together to celebrate and be inspired by many creative and innovative student project ideas on Dec. 2 at the Barrie Campus. The Computer Studies Innovation Showcase was an opportunity for students to share projects they have been working on and connect with employers. Read more...

Sara stands next to one of her large drawings at the Artist Project

Museum and Gallery Studies student, Sara Shields, recently had some of her art displayed at the Better Living Centre in Toronto as part of a large, juried exhibition called The Artist Project. The project showcased more than 200 artists from around the province. Read more...

Rosetta Studio is being integrated into the New Research Technology course of the Research Analyst program. As students graduate and enter the job market, they are increasingly likely to encounter Rosetta Studio in the workplace. Read more...

Three women pose for the camera at a conference.

As part of their coursework, Research Analyst program (RAP) students partner with non-profits and businesses in the community to carry out high quality, applied research. Angelica Argyropoulos and Vivienne Zhong presented at the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness Spring Forum. Read more...

A group of students wearing green team jackets.

Students in Georgian’s Research Analyst graduate certificate program received top honours last month in competitions held by the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), a Canadian non-profit representing all aspects of the market intelligence and survey research industry. Read more...

An older woman receives a hearing aid test at a health care clinic.

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) students celebrated Speech and Hearing Month by offering a 50 per cent discount to college employees and community members on speech screenings and hearing tests in the Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic. Read more...

Research Analyst student Andrew McCullough speaks with David MacDonald, Environics Research Group at career information day

Research Analyst students Andrew McCullough and Vivienne Zhong were nearing the end of their scholastic careers and looking for a way to make their unique skill sets more employable. Vivienne has a PhD in philosophy while Andrew holds a master’s degree in history. Read more...

A computer studies professor and student kneel next to an FITC logo

For someone beginning their career in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), it is so vitally important that they make the time to attend events like Future, Innovation, Technology, Creativity (FITC) to help them forge their place in such a dynamic industry. Read more...

Hospitality Management student Sara Grainger, standing in uniform and holding a wine glass

It didn’t take Sara Grainger long to discover how to make the most of her college experience.Within her first few months as a student in Georgian’s Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort program, she was elected to a position on the Students’ Administrative Council (SAC). Read more...

A dark-haired girl wearing glasses stands in front of a painting of someone playing in the snow.

Alex chose Georgian’s Museum and Gallery Studies grad certificate program after earning a BFA and an MA, and then living abroad for five years. She wanted to explore the field and build contacts within the industry. The internship component was particularly attractive to her as a way of gaining hands-on experience. Read more...

Young man and two young women pose in formal wear at conference presentation

Research Analyst students Vincent Cuevas, Samantha Gelinas and Melissa Zazulak presented the results of a research project they conducted on campus safety at the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association’s annual Net Gain conference on Jan. 30. Read more...

A teacher (centre) assists two Research Analyst program students with a project

Survey to help identify gaps in internet service

Two leading organizations in Dufferin County – the Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce (GDACC) and Dufferin.Biz – have partnered with the Research Analyst program at Georgian College to launch a survey about high speed internet availability in that area. Read more...

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When Princess Anne visits Barrie on Oct. 22, she’ll be presented with not one, but two unique pieces of jewellery created by recent graduates of Georgian’s Jewellery and Metals and Goldsmithing and Silversmithing programs. Read more...

A group of students in evening wear pose in the Georgian Dining Room.

Georgian Communicative Disorders Assistant students raise funds for AboutFace, a national charity that provides support to individuals living with a facial difference. Read more...

The Township of Oro-Medonte is conducting a Community Satisfaction Survey to obtain feedback from the public about its programs and services. Georgian College students are providing expertise in survey design, data collection and data analysis as part of their Major Research Project. Read more...

Erin McKenney

Research Analyst, Durham Catholic School Board

Program:

Research Analyst

Year:

2006


The applied skills I learned in the Research Analyst program gave me the hands-on experience needed to land my first job. The major research project course and others that required work with clients in the community were opportunities to apply our learning to real-life scenarios. A very hands-on program! Read more...

Portrait of smiling alumnus Rachel Lochhead

Rachel Lochhead

Recruiter, H.R. Services, York Region

Program:

Human Resources Management

Year:

2008


After graduating from university, I wanted to work in Human Resources but did not have the specific skills required and the program at Georgian was the missing link. The program offered the hands-on experience and amazing practical information you need to know on the job. Read more...

Curtis Copegog

Curtis Copegog

Miigwaansag (little feathers) worker, Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre

Program:

Native Education: Community and Social Development and Addictions: Treatment and Prevention

Year:

2012 and 2014


As the Miigwaansag (little feathers) worker at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre, I work with at risk youth 13 to 18 years of age by developing and facilitating cultural programs and workshops. I also provide one-to-one and group support. As well as youth advocacy and court support. Read more...

Amy Giofu, with a walkie talkie and clipboard in hand

Amy Giofu

Event Coordinator – LabX Media Group

Program:

Event Management

Year:

2016


Within the first two weeks of the Event Management program, I knew this was where I was supposed to be, this was what I was supposed to be doing. The program has been phenomenal; the learning environment is very reflective of the industry itself. Read more...

Alumna Julia Young-Williams

Julia Young-Williams

Advanced Care Paramedic, County of Simcoe

Program:

Advanced Care Paramedic

Year:

2011


I worked as a Primary Care Paramedic for six years before entering the Advanced Care Paramedic program at Georgian. I liked that Georgian's instructors are paramedics and can appreciate what we do for a living and accommodate our education needs appropriately. Read more...

Alumna Lisa Newman stands in front of a painting of a First Nations chief

Lisa Newman

Business Partner, Casino Rama

Program:

Aboriginal Community and Social Development, Addictions: Treatment and Prevention

Year:

2004


Lisa enrolled in Aboriginal Community and Social Development at the age of 30, after working on the line at Honda for 10 years. Georgian’s Barrie Campus was right in her back yard and everything she needed was right there. Read more...

Alumna Alyssa McGuire

Alyssa McGuire

Recreation Therapist, Specialty Care

Program:

Therapeutic Recreation


After graduation, I didn’t have the expertise or qualifications to achieve the career of my dreams. The Therapeutic Recreation program at Georgian College was exactly what I needed to gain the specific techniques required in my field. Read more...

Victoria with a collection of Monster High dolls

Victoria Martin Evans

European Regional Senior Brand Manager, Mattel

Program:

International Business Management

Year:

2010


My internship was at Mattel, and I was able to leverage that experience into a full-time role at their Toronto office. From there, I helped launch Monster High in Canada. I’ve since had the opportunity to work in London, England, and travel all over the world. Today, I’m based in Barcelona. Read more...

Smiling alumna Mindy Piva using a large hand puppet

Mindy Piva

Early Intervention Worker, Community Support Services

Program:

Communicative Disorders Assistant


I chose my program because when my sister was younger, she was unable to talk and express her needs – that is, until she received help from a speech language pathologist and a communicative disorders assistant. Read more...

A young woman athlete in a wheelchair

Darda Sales

Three-time Paralympian, motivational speaker, pursuing a master's degree

Program:

Therapeutic Recreation


Darda is an accomplished athlete and three-time Paralympian. She’s a gold medallist and world record-holder who moonlights as a motivational speaker delivering presentations on what it’s like to overcome obstacles. She is currently completing a master’s degree in health promotion and health education. Read more...

Aluman Stephanie Mockridge examines charts

Stefanie Mockridge

Institutional research and planning analyst, Georgian College

Program:

Research Analyst


I now work at Georgian as an institutional research and planning analyst. I deal with data surrounding enrolment, student satisfaction, graduation rates, graduate satisfaction, employment rates and employer satisfaction. Read more...

Andrea Lucas

Major Gifts Officer, York University Foundation

Program:

Fundraising and Resource Development


Armed with the knowledge, skills and confidence that this program has given to me, I have been able to work for some of Canada’s top not-for-profits, such as The Arthritis Society, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation and today, The York University Foundation. Read more...

Alumnus Kyle Barrett examines his brooch for Princess Anne

Kyle Barrett

Entrepreneur and Jeweller

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2013


Since graduation, I’ve become an entrepreneur, making custom pieces for clients. I recently made a piece for Princess Anne, commissioned by Grey and Simcoe County Foresters as a gift for her on her visit to Barrie. Read more...

Katelyn McKeown in a library

Katelyn Lees

Development Officer, Barrie Public Library

Program:

Fundraising and Resource Development

Year:

2010


As a recent graduate of Georgian College’s Fundraising & Resource Development Program, I can certainly attest to the professionalism and level of personal satisfaction this program offers. I was able to relate all the information I learned online while interning. Read more...

Portrait of smiling alumna Ellie Hutton

Ellie Hutton

Senior Director, Customer Marketing at Vision Critical

Program:

Research Analyst


After Ellie Hutton completed a Bachelor of Arts, she decided to continue her education and gain practical experience. She enrolled in the Research Analyst program at Georgian College, and that decision paid off. She is now Senior Director, Customer Marketing at Vision Critical. Read more...

Alumnus Leo von Niebelschuetz-Godlewski crouched in front of a large wall of technology, with a keyboard in his hands

Leopold von Niebelschuetz-Godlewski

Support analyst, Town of Georgina

Program:

Computer and Network Systems Security


I have been fascinated with the Internet and technology since I was a child, and this was my inspiration to attend the Computer Systems Technician – Networking and Computer and Network Systems Security programs at Georgian College. Read more...

Alumna Elizabeth Malouin examines a green semi-precious stone

Elizabeth Malouin

Entrepreneur

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2011


I made the decision to leave my career of more than 20 years in the financial industry and forge ahead into the world of jewellery and metals. After completing the two-year program with honours and receiving various awards, I went on to graduate from the Goldsmithing program in 2011. Read more...

alumna Magda Montagnese

Magda Montagnese

Research Analyst, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Program:

Research Analyst

Year:

2004


As a Research Analyst for a health unit, I plan sound evaluation of public health programs. My team helps develop surveys, analyze data and write reports. I love that every project is different and that I’m contributing to people’s health at a population level – that’s very rewarding. Read more...

Alumnus Rich Vander Wal in full cycling gear, speeding by in a unique three wheel cycle

Rich Vander Wal

Co-Founder Neurocore Physiotherapy

Program:

Therapeutic Recreation


A traumatic spinal cord injury in 1992 forced Rich Vander Wal to re-evaluate his personal values. After graduating from Georgian’s Therapeutic Recreation program and working in the field for five years, he decided to start his own rehab centre. Read more...

Briana Trypuc

Client Advisor, Charity Intelligence

Program:

Fundraising and Resource Development


As a recent graduate, I can attest to the overall professionalism and progressive design and implementation of the Fundraising and Resource Development program. This program fully enabled me to gain a comprehensive, insightful and noteworthy educational experience. Read more...

Amber Giffen

Amber De'Niese

Manager, Philanthropy and Association Advancement, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

Program:

Fundraising and Resource Development


Amber was selected as a YMCA World Alliance Change Agent in 2012 and a YMCA Canada Young Leader in 2012 and 2013. Her community volunteer roles include Vice Chair of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County Board of Directors, and member of the Wasaga Beach/Collingwood Rotaract Club. Read more...

Smiling alumna Elizabeth Nowicki

Elizabeth Nowicki

Consumer Insights Manager, Maple Leaf Foods

Program:

Research Analyst

Year:

2006


I chose to study at Georgian for one big reason: upon graduation from university, I had trouble landing a job in marketing/market research. Read more...

Portrait of smiling alumnus Marisha Holmberg

Marisha Holmberg

Cultural Inventory Co-ordinator, City of Barrie

Program:

Research Analyst


The program was so relevant because we learned methods and software to use on the job. I’ve had several contract jobs since I graduated and I’m currently working for the City of Barrie, analyzing a database that will help to expand arts and culture. Read more...

Alicia McDaid

Alicia McDaid

Human Resources Coordinator, The Source

Program:

Human Resources Management

Year:

2016


Studying at Georgian was great because the professors all related the material to ‘real life’ scenarios they had dealt with themselves in human resources – I took my knowledge and experience from working and was really able to absorb the course content and think about it in a practical way. Read more...

Portrait of smiling alumnus Brian Janes

Brian Janes

Addictions counsellor, DeNovo Treatment Centre

Program:

Addictions: Treatment and Prevention


Why Georgian? The program has a great reputation within the addiction/mental health community. Its geography was convenient. My peers in this postgraduate program were extremely motivated and focused on their studies, which made for a great learning environment. Read more...

Portrait of a smiling alumnus Heather Stokes

Heather Stokes

Account Manager, Export Development Canada

Program:

International Business Management

Year:

2008


Georgian College’s International Business Management graduate certificate program is a necessity for any student aiming to improve his or her knowledge of the global arena and to develop practical skills that can be applied to any dynamic work environment. Read more...

Lisa Plume

Program:

Human Resources Management


In this video, alumna Lisa Plume talks about why she enrolled in the Human Resources Management program at Georgian and how it helped prepare her for the workplace. Read more...

Emily Wojna, at work in her studio

Emily Wojna

Goldsmith, Emily Wojna Jewellery

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2013


I am a Goldsmith and create one-of-a-kind wedding and engagement jewellery and sell my work at Metalworks in Kingston and The Guild Shop in Toronto. Going to Georgian College was one of the best decisions I made because of how it changed my life. Read more...

alumnis Matthew Campbell stands in front of a MacBook pro in his workplace, Jump Plus

Matthew Campbell

Apple Product Professional, Jump Plus

Program:

Computer Systems Technician - Networking, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Year:

2013


I started using Macs in 2007 because of their built in accessibility features, and today I get to help other people get as excited about Apple products as I am. I’ve also helped to make my workplace more accessible. Read more...

Ridhima, in her graduation gown at Georgian

Ridhima Joshi

Administrative Assistant, The Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe/York

Program:

Human Resources Management

Year:

2014


Georgian had such a positive influence on me because the overall environment was so positive. Teachers and students were both so interested in learning and that made a huge impact on my own learning and enthusiasm for the subject matter. Read more...

Portrait of smiling alumnus Dasmeet Singh

Dasmeet Singh

Student engagement and retention assistant, Georgian College International Education and Training Centre

Program:

International Business Management


This graduate certificate course has helped make me more employable. International Business Management is a program that trains people to work flexibly in different countries and cultures. There are endless opportunities and the sky’s the limit. Read more...

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