Stress-Free Day is well received

Published on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Georgian staff and student hold stuffed animals as part of Stress-Free Day.
Pictured with Learning Strategist Cindy Korpatnicki are Peer Services Advisor Beth Salt and student Jessica.

The Academic Success Centre participated in Stress-Free Day on April 9. Everything was well received: free hot chocolate, a relaxation booth with massage, deep breathing and creating vision boards, a craft booth with knitting, crochet, colouring, beading and clay modelling.

Knitted and crocheted dolls were made by staff, with the help of students, to send to the Dominican Republic with the Nursing students.



Just for women – learn more about careers in the skilled trades at May 13 evening event

Published on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Georgian College Midland Campus presents a special evening May 13 just for women who want to learn more about careers in the skilled trades.

Hear from a panel of speakers, enjoy a barbeque dinner, and take part in a hands-on electrical workshop. It’s all free, courtesy of Georgian College and Hydro One. The event takes place in conjunction with the annual Skilled Trades Expo at the Robbert Hartog Midland Campus.

Take charge of your future –Tuesday, May 13, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Register today for Women in the Trades by sending an email to

Innospire impresses in advertising competition

Published on Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Georgian College held its 2014 Advertising Advisory Competition on April 10, sponsored by Paul Sadlon Motors. The competition included all students from the graduating class of the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at the Barrie Campus. Continue reading

Georgian’s Colton Kalkanis eyes PGA TOUR Canada

Published on Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

Colton Kalkanis is taking part in the PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying School event in Kissimmee, Florida April 13th-18th
Colton Kalkanis takes part in the PGA TOUR Canada qualifying school event in Kissimmee, Fla., April 13-18.

Georgian College’s reining two-time Male Athlete of the Year Colton Kalkanis is set to make the next step in his golf career this week as he competes at the PGA TOUR Canada qualifying school event in Kissimmee, Fla.

The four-round tournament takes place at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reunion Resort and Club, just outside Orlando. A field of 132 golfers will compete April 13 through 18 with the top 18 players earning exempt status and players finishing 19th through 40th plus ties earning conditional status on the PGA TOUR Canada for 2014.

The PGA TOUR Canada will hold 12 events in this year’s schedule from May to September all across the country. The top players on the tour will earn Tour status which is the top feeder system for the PGA Tour.

Kalkanis became the first male golfer to repeat as the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Champion this past fall, an event he won by an incredible 10 strokes, setting the all-time record for lowest score in the tournaments history.  He was a medalist for the second time at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Golf Championship in October, earning a silver medal to go with the gold medal he won in 2012.

The Barrie native is a two-time CCAA All Canadian and added the title of SIRC CCAA All Canadian Academic Award for his achievements not only on the golf course but in the classroom in Georgian’s Golf Facilities Operations Management program.

You can follow Colton’s results at the event at

Students process close to 250 tax returns

Published on Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

A dedicated group of 15 Accounting students hosted a free tax clinic for their peers at the Barrie Campus. They processed a total of 247 tax returns using the live version of the tax software ProFile –  the same software they practise with in the classroom. Continue reading

SAC presents cheque to local hospital foundation

Published on Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

The Students’ Administrative Council (SAC) at the Orangeville Campus presented a cheque to Headwaters Health Care Centre for $2,110 on April 8. Funds were raised by student reps in each class (pictured) and presented to Liz Ruegg, President and CEO of Headwaters and Chair of the Community Development Committee for the Orangeville Campus, and Joan Burdette, Executive Director, Headwaters Foundation.  Continue reading

‘The Finger’ takes top honours at Georgian Den

Published on Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

This den featured bears instead of dragons, but 140 students faced stiff competition presenting business ideas in pursuit of their names on an entrepreneurship award earlier this week.

Laura Wiebe, left, and Jessica Traitses demonstrate how their product, Rohyp-NO!, is applied to fingernails. It changes colour upon coming in contact with the ‘date rape’ drug Rohypnol. The team’s concept took second place in the Georgian Den competition.
Laura Wiebe, left, and Jessica Traitses demonstrate how their product, Rohyp-NO!, is applied to fingernails. It changes colour upon coming in contact with the ‘date rape’ drug Rohypnol. The team’s concept took second place in the Georgian Den competition.

Approximately 140 students from the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation participated in Georgian Den on April 7, judged by ‘bears’ from the business community. Teams of one to six students prepared a total of 33 business plans and battled it out in a competition adapted from the popular CBC television show Dragons’ Den. The event was the culmination of academic requirements for the Entrepreneurship and Small Business course. While the effort was for educational purposes, some students are interested in pursuing their ideas in the business world. Continue reading

Community Integration through Co-operative Education helps students discover their potential

Published on Wednesday, Apr. 09, 2014

Student wearing blue convocation gown proudly holds her diploma.
Grad Karley Hogarth says college changed her outlook on life.

Like any first-year college student, Karley Hogarth was both nervous and scared about starting studies but she was also excited to have a chance to reinvent herself in a new environment. More than two years later, Hogarth says she is a new person.Her remarkable transformation came about through Georgian College’s Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program.“College changed my outlook on what life was really about,” she says. “Back in high school I didn’t think life was worth it because the bullying was so bad. I got here and met a lot of people who had gone through things like me and it boosted my self-esteem. They were all older than me and they all knew what it was like – I looked to them for support.”

After successfully completing the CICE program,  Karley is now enrolled in Georgian’s Office Administration – General program. Continue reading

Barrie, Midland campuses host Skills Canada Saturday, April 12

Published on Monday, Apr. 07, 2014

Skills Canada - Ontario logo

The Barrie and Midland campuses of Georgian College will host the Near Northern Area Qualifying Competition for Skills Canada on April 12.

All competitors will sign in at the Barrie Campus. Shuttle buses will take competitors, teachers and parents to and from the Midland Campus.

Competitions at the Barrie Campus include 2D Computer Character Animation,  Carpentry- Individual, Culinary Arts and  TV Video Production.

Competitions at the Midland Campus are Small Powered Equipment and Welding.

For more details, visit the Skills Canada – Ontario website at