Take a stroll down memory lane with vintage TBT photos

Published on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

This photo from the late 1960s shows the Barrie Campus in its infancy, at its permanent location on Georgian Drive. The largest of the college's seven campuses, it now boasts 12 buildings totaling one million square feet on a 110-acre site. Facilities include a 9,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art athletic and fitness centre and a 525-bed student residence

This Throwback Thursday (TBT) photo from the late 1960s shows the Barrie Campus in its infancy, at its permanent location on Duckworth Street. The largest of the college’s seven campuses, it now boasts 12 buildings totaling one million square feet on a 110-acre site. Continue reading

Winter weather and campus closures – all you need to know

Published on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

How will I know if my campus is closed?

There are a number of ways you can find out. We recommend you monitor more than one communications channel:

Campus closures may also be announced on local radio.

What if it’s not safe to come?

If the risk is too great to travel, you must take responsibility for your personal safety and make a sound decision based on your particular circumstance. Current conditions at your campus, or on your commute to campus, may be quite different from those at your home location. If your campus remains open but you can’t make it in, consult faculty or the appropriate academic office to discuss alternative arrangements if you miss a class, exam, assignment or other deadline.

Georgian’s campus closure procedure

The college intends to remain open to deliver programs and services to students. However, when the safety of students and staff is jeopardized or the college’s ability to operate effectively is compromised, classes may be cancelled or campuses closed.

  • a campus may remain open even if classes are cancelled; this means student services such as the library or Registrar’s Office are still available
  • a full campus closure means these services will be closed and employees, unless otherwise notified, are expected to leave the premises

When are closure decisions made?

The decision for each campus is made independently based on its particular circumstances. Hearing that one campus is closed does not necessarily mean that any other campus is affected:

  • generally, the college will try to make a closure decision early in the morning to avoid situations where individuals start their commute to campus unnecessarily
  • there are times when the college will be open but the weather may deteriorate over the course of the day; when this happens, the college will make every effort to announce any plans to cancel evening classes by mid-afternoon
  • in other instances, depending on the weather, it may become necessary to close after the college has begun operations
  • occasionally, the college may decide to stay open or to delay a mid-day closure to allow sufficient time for the storm to pass and to provide time for roads and highways to be cleared

Re-opening of campuses

In an effort to provide college operations as fully as possible, Georgian’s campus closure procedure allows for the possibility of re-opening campuses that have closed earlier in the day due to weather or other emergency situations. A campus may re-open if, for instance:

  • weather has improved and parking lots are cleared and sanded
  • hydro, heat or water has been interrupted but later restored
  • other similar circumstances have been resolved and it’s safe and practical to re-open

If the college is considering re-opening a campus later in the day, this possibility will be noted when the closure is first announced. It will then be your responsibility to monitor the communications channels listed above to check whether classes and other operations will resume.

If campuses are re-opened, students and staff are expected to attend.

Snow clearing operations

Snow clearing operations are difficult at the best of times:

  • it’s almost impossible to try to remove snow when the parking lots are in use; most snow clearing operations take place overnight and in weather conditions that can change dramatically
  • parking lots and sidewalks closest to campus buildings are cleared first so as to enable the college to open and classes and other operations to proceed while snow removal continues

Funding announced for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at Barrie Campus

Published on Monday, Jan. 09, 2017

Funding was confirmed today for a new, $30-million Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced $10.8 million in funding through the Government of Canada’s Post‑Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

The three-storey building will provide study and learning space for students enrolled in new diploma and degree programs. It will also be an important resource where academia and industry can collaborate to innovate, diversify the economy and create new opportunities for the future.

Key to this economic growth will be the Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC) which will be housed in the centre. It will play an essential role in creating a powerful local entrepreneurship climate and in supporting the diversification of the economy. It will include research and commercialization space for business and industry, including incubator, changemaker and fabrication space. Until now, central Ontario has not had a dedicated facility of any kind related to research, acceleration or commercialization.

More than 800 degree and diploma students will use the labs and collaboration facilities in the centre. It will be home to Simcoe County’s first electrical engineering degree, offered by Georgian in partnership with Lakehead University. Students will graduate job-ready with both a diploma and a degree, the best of a college and university education, in just four years. In future years, the centre will allow for the growth of additional degree studies in mechanical, civil and software engineering.

For students in Georgian’s environmental programs, as well as industry partners, the centre will be a living lab. Sustainable building construction and energy efficiency principles are incorporated throughout the new facility. The centre will also be home to the first two years of a new combined degree-diploma program focused on environmental sustainability in partnership with Lakehead.

In addition to federal funding announced today, the Centre for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research will be financed by $1.8 million from the provincial government, a $5-million contribution from the County of Simcoe and $5 million from the City of Barrie.

Georgian will work with the community and industry partners to secure additional funds through its Power of Education campaign. The building will open for use by the fall of 2018.

Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre
Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre

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This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes.
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Our government is proud to support this important project, which will give Georgian College students access to renewed and upgraded facilities at the Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do it.
– Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

We are so proud that postsecondary education continues to expand in Simcoe County, providing opportunities for our residents, fueling our skilled labour market and driving our economy and communities forward. The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will serve as a hub to support our local industries and manufacturing businesses while continuing to position Georgian College as a provincial leader in producing highly skilled, job-ready graduates.
– Warden Gerry Marshall, County of Simcoe 

This catalytic project will support our local labour market needs, advance Barrie’s economic investment strategy for the creation of a vibrant start-up ecosystem to achieve greater economic diversity, and enable greater industrial competitiveness and resiliency through increased access to research, technology and innovation infrastructure.

Jeff Lehman, Mayor, City of Barrie

 The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will be a game changer – an inspirational home for diploma and degree studies as well as a boost for our local economy. When people think of Georgian College, they first think of students, and we are proud of that. This new building reinforces that Georgian is a resource for business and industry. This innovation and research centre will be a catalyst for change and help to build the future of our communities for decades to come.
– Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College

We are thrilled for the possibilities that this new centre brings, like new degree and diploma programs, new labs and research facilities. As the president of the Georgian College Electric Vehicle Racing Club, where we design and construct a small electrical car, I am eager to utilize the resources this facility will bring. This new building will provide us with new labs and fabrication spaces for students like myself to work on our projects.

Mark Reckzin, Mechanical Engineering Technology student, Georgian College

BACKGROUNDER

Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre

The $30-million, three-storey, 56,000-square-foot facility will be a centerpiece of Georgian’s Barrie Campus, prominently facing busy Highway 400. The centre will include:

  • Research and commercialization space for industry, including incubator, changemaker and fabrication space
  • Labs and collaboration space for more than 800 degree and diploma students
  • Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and geographic information system (GIS) labs
  • Dedicated telepresence room, electrical lab, technical project space and more

In addition to federal and provincial contributions, the centre is also supported with a $5-million investment from the County of Simcoe and $5-million from the City of Barrie. Georgian and its donors and industry partners will provide additional funding.

 Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC)

  • The C-RIC will be fundamental to the economic growth and prosperity of central Ontario.
  • It will function as a community hub where innovation is fostered and celebrated. It will be the go-to source to develop and incubate products and services, to test concepts, and showcase promising research and new products.

Central Ontario’s first engineering degrees

  • Engineering job opportunities in central Ontario are projected to grow by approximately six per cent by 2020, and that is without any additional boost from local research and innovation activities. The demand exists – enrolment in Georgian’s engineering technology programs has increased by more than 15 per cent over the past three years.
  • Until now no engineering degrees have been offered in central Ontario. Georgian is meeting this need by introducing the first electrical engineering degree in partnership with Lakehead University. Students will graduate job-ready with both a diploma and a degree, the best of a college and university education, in just four years.

Environmental Sustainability

 Key learning and research opportunities for students in Georgian’s environmental degree and diploma programs as well as industry partners include the ability to capture data on the usage and functionality of:

  • Rooftop solar panels
  • A micro-grid display room
  • Building automation control system
  • Geothermal ground source heating and cooling
  • LED lighting

The Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will also be home to the first two years of a   combined degree-diploma in environmental sustainability in partnership with Lakehead University.

Nominations open for 2017 Board of Governors’ Awards of Distinction

Published on Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2017

Who inspires you? Nominate them for a  2017 Board of Governors’ Award of Distinction. The awards celebrate staff, alumni and community partners who inspire excellence and have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the college.

Putting forth a nomination is easy. All you need to do is follow the steps, outline how your nominee meets specific award criteria, and acquire two supporting signatures. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 10.

Spread the word and encourage your peers to consider recognizing someone they know who has made a difference at Georgian.

Georgian marks its golden anniversary this year

Published on Monday, Jan. 02, 2017

Georgian College 50th anniversary
Golden anniversary

If you drop by the Barrie Campus, you’ll notice we have some new flags saluting the wind. And Barrie’s not the only campus with new artwork – all seven Georgian locations have been outfitted with colourful wall signs.

This is all part of the college’s golden anniversary celebrations, which will include special events and contests throughout 2017.

Be sure to bookmark our celebration site to find out how you can get involved. Plan to return often for updates. We look forward to marking this momentous occasion with you – happy anniversary Georgian!

Feb. 1: Keepin’er Country @ TLC

Published on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

Wicked Wednesday – Keepin’er Country @ TLCTLC event

Stubby’s now available inside TLC

Doors open @ 10 p.m.

19+ event

Jan. 25: The 90’s Tight & Bright Party @ TLC

Published on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

TLC Event90’s Tight & Bright Party

Featuring the biggest hits from the 90’s!

Wear your tightest and brightest gear

Prizes for best outfits!

Doors open @ 10 p.m.

19+ event

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