Lions Club lends roaring support for Opticianry students

Published on Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014

The Barrie Lions Club and Georgian College Opticianry students want everyone to see more clearly.

That’s why a group of Lions recently visited the Georgian College Optical clinic in the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness to present the final payment in its $250,000 pledge. Continue reading

Georgian students raise money for Canadian heroes

Published on Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

A smiling group of policing students standing in front of an army vehicleA group of Georgian College policing students recently walked more than 300 kilometres from Hamilton to Parry Sound to raise money for a retreat that will offer veterans and first responders struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counselling services and general respite. The retreat will be built in Northern Ontario.   Continue reading

Jewellery student gives new life to old gems

Published on Wednesday, Jul. 09, 2014

Kyle Barrett made a name for himself as a Georgian Jewellery and Metals student and is doing so again working as a goldsmith out of his home studio in Barrie. Kyle creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces for clients, taking great joy and pride in high quality work made to last.

When he was a student, Kyle was given the distinct honour of creating a gift for Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne. A collaborative effort between staff of the Jewellery and Metals program, the jewellery-making industry and the Grey and Simcoe County Foresters, this ceremonial brooch, made using only materials native to Ontario, was presented during Princesss Anne’s visit to Barrie in 2013.

Recently, Kyle was asked by a client to re-design a school ring using heirloom diamonds. The breathtaking piece is shown below. The client was thrilled.

Kyle tries not to overthink any jewellery project he takes on. He thinks the jewellery piece should always be able to speak for itself. “The beautiful quality that jewellery possesses is the ability to evoke an emotional response from the wearer and the admirer,” he says. “It develops an emotional connection which further develops into sentimentality, the secret weapon of jewellery.”

Learn more about the Jewellery and Metals program at Georgian.

A pair of heart-shaped earrings shown with a penny in the background.

Before: A pair of diamond earrings given to the client by a relative.

A gold and black high school ring with a deep red stone.

Before: The client’s cherished school ring.

A ring with diamonds and a red stone.

After: A beautifully designed work of art (click to see larger image).

Precision Skills student hopes to represent Canada in WorldSkills Competition

Published on Thursday, Jul. 03, 2014

A proud Tyler stands on the podium, holding the Ontario flag
Tyler Magri, Precision Skills student at Georgian College, stands on the podium at the Skills Canada closing ceremonies. The first-year student earned a bronze medal in the CNC category, and top honours in CNC milling. Photo credit: Skills Canada.

Tyler Magri, a first-year student in the Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills program at Georgian College’s Barrie Campus, is likely to compete in the use of computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil.

Magri will be taking part in WorldSkills trials before officially joining the Canadian skills team. To qualify for this opportunity, he earned the highest mark in CNC milling and a bronze medal in the overall CNC category at the Skills Canada competition from June 4 to 7 in Toronto. The national competition saw 500 of Canada’s trades students and apprentices – from hairstylists to electricians – competing for medals in their fields. Continue reading

Occupation-specific language training helps Canadian newcomers prepare for careers

Published on Thursday, Jul. 03, 2014

Help is here for new Canadian residents who need language and communication skills to succeed in the labour market. Specialized training is being offered by Georgian College this fall at the Barrie Campus.

Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT) is a free program that teaches language and communication skills specific to certain sectors and occupations. Continue reading