Kitchen and Bath Design students take home awards

Published on Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

Award-winning Kitchen and Bath Design students
Georgian’s Kitchen and Bath Design students did well in the National Kitchen and Bath Association Ontario Student Design competition. Winners are Nadine Goralchuk, left, Zou Yixuan, Dean Suessmann, Jen Porter, and Iryna Tiuftiaieva.

Five of Georgian’s Kitchen and Bath Design students are finalists in the third annual National Kitchen and Bath Association Ontario Student Design competition.

Awards were handed out on April 22, with Nadine Goralchuk capturing first place, Iryna  taking second and Jen Porter coming in third. Zou Yixuan and Dean Suessmann received honourable mentions for their work. Continue reading

High school students compete in hospitality competition

Published on Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

The halls of the Barrie Campus were filled with the aroma of sweet and savoury delights on April 26 as 64 students participated in the annual High School Hospitality Competition. Among the participants were 16 cooking teams, 10 baking teams and six restaurant service teams.  Continue reading

Student entrepreneurs vie for awards

Published on Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

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Culinary Management students Patricia Di Chiara, Emily Behm and Trisha Speakman came up with the business idea of creating a nut-free chocolate spread.

Students who created their business “Luisella” proved they weren’t nuts to design a chocolate spread after it earned them first place and $2,000 in the annual Georgian Den Competition at the Barrie Campus on April 10.

Culinary Management students Patricia Di Chiara, Emily Behm and Trisha Speakman came up with the business idea of creating a nut-free chocolate spread after Patricia’s family moved to Canada from Italy and her children could not take their beloved chocolate spread to school due to nut allergies.

The idea was a hit with judges made up of industry professionals, such as Kent Smith, owner/operator of Michael & Marion’s restaurant, Scott Kennedy from the IoT (Internet of Things) division of Rogers and Michael Lalonde, co-owner of Innovative Automation.

Luisella was one of about 30 student-led businesses from the Hospitality and Business programs that showcased the business idea they cultivated over the semester in a tradeshow held in the Holland Lounge in Georgian’s Automotive Building. The top six groups earned a spot in the final round of Georgian Den and competed for one of the four cash earning positions.

Hospitality student Chantal DeGaust’s business idea, “Veda,” placed second ($1,500); “In-Line Sports,” created by Recreation students Alexander Grove, Melissa Paoletti, Ashley Clubine and Daniel Harrison placed third ($1,000); and “B-Map,” the business idea created by Hospitality students Ryan Chevrefils, Anthony Cucullo, Tyler Stevens, Evan Good and Felisha Gravel came in fourth place ($500).

All of the students were in the Entrepreneurship for Small Business course.

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RVH and Georgian College partner to clean their campuses for Earth Day

Published on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, was joined by MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College president and CEO, and staff and students for a joint clean-up event to mark Earth Day 2017 on April 19.
Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, was joined by Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College president and CEO, and staff and students for a joint clean-up event to mark Earth Day 2017 on April 19.

Georgian College and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) joined forces for their own Earth Day joint- campus clean up on Wednesday, April 19.

Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, was joined at the Friendship Trail between the two facilities by Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO, for the official kick-off of the campus clean up. Continue reading

Volunteer’s dolls help brighten lives of Dominican children

Published on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Ina Wood has made these Izzy dolls for a couple of years for Georgian Nursing students to take on their annual volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic.
Ina Wood has made these Izzy dolls for a couple of years for Georgian Nursing students to take on their annual volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic.

Meet Ina Wood. Ina is an 80-plus-year-old dynamo who has been working diligently on these cute “Izzy” dolls for the Georgian nursing trip to San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic. She found out about the good work done  by Georgian students through Alicia Sedgwick. Sedgwick is a Nursing professor in the School of Health, Wellness and Sciences, and is a friend of Ina’s daughter.

Those who know Ina’s passion for good causes know that she puts a lot of care and effort into projects she believes in. Georgian students and faculty will be passing out the dolls to children when they travel to the Caribbean nation on the college’s annual volunteer medical working trip in May.

The dolls have always been a big hit, says Sedgwick.

“We use these dolls to give to the local children, both male and female, who come to our clinics,” she said. “The children love them.”

The annual trip has grown over the years to include not only nursing students, but also students from various health disciplines and medical professionals from throughout the community, bringing much-needed health care to thousands of people in the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic.

This year, 29 students are going on the 10-day trip, from a variety of programs including Bachelor of Science in Nursing,  Practical Nursing, Personal Support workers,   Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. Six leaders are also going.

“This trip is a service learning opportunity for students interested in acquiring trans-cultural skills,” said Sedgwick. “Our goal is for students and faculty to recognize, understand and appreciate cultural similarities and differences between Canada and the Dominican Republic. It is also an example of an inter-professional project that has had a major impact on our students.”

 

Georgian College is tops in graduate employment and co-op education

Published on Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

Georgians tops KPI ratingsGeorgian College is number one in graduate employment among all Ontario colleges for 2016-17.

A total of 87.3 per cent of Georgian graduates found work within six months of graduation. This is well above the average of all Ontario colleges, which is 83 per cent. The numbers are contained in survey results released today by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Continue reading

Veterans’ Affairs Minister chooses Barrie Campus to announce improved education benefits for veterans

Published on Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, right, with Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and student Victoria Kovatchev, left, at the Barrie Campus on April 18, 2017.
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, right, with Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and student Victoria Kovatchev, left, at the Barrie Campus on April 18, 2017.

The Barrie Campus of Georgian College was proud to host the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence for an announcement of several new educational initiatives available to veterans as part of the federal government’s Budget 2017.

The initiatives announced by Hehr recognize the important role of caregivers, as well as the need to help more families, support mental health and provide for the education and training veterans need to find work they want in their post-military lives.

Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes spoke about the close ties between Georgian and the Canadian military and its veterans. She also praised the work of Hon. Col. Jamie Massie for his work with veterans including the creation of the Operation Hero scholarship program at Georgian. Among several veteran/students who attended the event was Civil Engineering Technology student Victoria Kovatchev, who led the minister on a tour of her program area, as well as the Barrie Campus cenotaph.

The new Education and Training benefit provides up to $80,000 of financial support for the costs of college, university or technical education. Veterans will be able to make choices that best suit their family’s situation during their transition, Hehr said.

This benefit supports veterans in achieving their education and future post-military employment goals, and positions them to be more competitive in the workforce.

 

Georgian students, staff and community partners showcase research, innovation and scholarship

Published on Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Computer Programmer Analyst student Ben Dunn demonstrates his team's room-scale virtual reality simulator at Georgian's second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus.
Computer Programmer Analyst student Ben Dunn demonstrates his team’s room-scale virtual reality simulator at Georgian’s second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus.

What do a robotic exoskeleton, clamp force measuring system, and room-scale virtual reality simulator have in common? They’re all innovative products created and developed by Georgian students.

Dozens of students from a variety of program areas joined Georgian faculty and community partners in presenting their ideas and projects at the college’s second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus. Continue reading

Building the future of Muskoka: Carpentry pre-apprenticeship program gets green light at Georgian College Muskoka Campus

Published on Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Man works on building a project in the Georgian Muskoka Campus carpentry labCarpenters and the construction industry play a crucial role in the Muskoka economy. A new Georgian program launching in May aims to help more local residents gain the skills they need to start an apprenticeship.

The college has received approval from the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer a single intake of Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship in May 2017 at its Muskoka Campus in Bracebridge. This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Government of Ontario. Continue reading

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