Georgian digs International Plowing Match

Published on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Staff from the Owen Sound and Midland campuses standing in front of the Georgian tent at the International Plowing Match
Staff from the Owen Sound and Midland campuses are excited to connect with potential partners and students at the International Plowing Match

Staff from the Midland and Owen Sound campuses are busy cultivating relationships with attendees of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo 2014 (IPM) in Ivy, Ontario this week.

The event, stretching over 500 acres, celebrates rural living across the province and is expected to draw 100,000 visitors from Tuesday, Sept. 16 to Saturday, Sept. 20.

Many local elementary and high school students are attending as part of field trips. They will enter through the educational section, which features faux barn fronts made by staff and students from the Carpentry Techniques program at the Muskoka campus.

Georgian has a tent in a 100-acre section with over 300 exhibitors, many from the agricultural sector. Chefs from the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation are on site offering cooking demonstrations.

Pond qualifies for International Long Drive Challenge

Published on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Cory Ann, mid-swing on a golf courseFor Georgian Grizzlies golfer Cory Pond, success was something surprising.

She was just happy to be lining up at the tee box in the semifinals of the Canadian stop of the International Long Drive Challenge at Stark’s Golf Course in Port Rowan, Ontario.

Pond looked at her competition, Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk — a seven-time Canadian long ball champion, and holder of the Canadian record for a longest drive at over 350 yards — and decided she just wanted to make a good shot.

The golf management student at Georgian did just that.

“People were saying to me that was a real far drive,” she said. “I didn’t think too much about it, I was happy with it but I know how far Lisa can hit it.”

When the numbers came, the shock became real for Pond. At 325 yards, it was the furthest drive of her young career and enough to earn a spot in the finals.

It also gave her another perk: a guaranteed spot on team Canada for the International Long Drive Challenge which will take place in the Dominican Republic from Nov. 16 to 23, 2014.

Although she couldn’t put together another upset in the finals against Fareen Samji, it was an experience Pond will not soon forget.

“It was an incredible feeling. Lisa and Fareen have been giving me tips, they were so helpful.”

Before she travels south, Pond still has her Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA) golf season to focus on.

Last year she and fellow rookie Chloe Wells earned a bronze medal at the OCAA Championships — an achievement she is looking to approve upon this season.

“I’m really excited about our team. Last year gave us valuable experience and we really want to reach higher this year.”

Pond and her teammates begin their OCAA season playing at the Fleming College Invitational at the Black Diamond Golf Club.

Startup Weekend Oct. 3 to 5

Published on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Barrie Startup Weekend banner

Do you have a burning desire to create and run your own business? Want to learn more about what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur? Mark your calendar for Barrie Startup Weekend, planned for Oct. 3 to 5, 2014.

Your participation could pay off — first prize is a $5,000 investment.

For full details about the event, including costs and how to register, visit

The event is locally sponsored by Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.


ConEd courses to be offered at Harmony Village

Published on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Georgian participated in the Harmony Village Sheppard Living Well Festival on Sept. 7. The college’s Continuing Education team is working with Harmony Village Sheppard (scheduled to open in 2018) to provide a range of lifestyle courses – e.g. painting, dancing, pattern making – during evenings and weekends as part of a whole living philosophy offered to residents.

Georgian also plans to do the same at Harmony Village Barrie (projected to open in 2020), offering courses during the day.

This festival clip (in Chinese) features a salsa dancer who is also a Georgian Continuing Education instructor.

Learn more about Continuing Education at Georgian.



Carpentry students build homes for Habitat

Published on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

A group of men and women in hard hats, placing boards on a semi-built surface.
Students from the Carpentry Techniques program at Georgian College’s Muskoka Campus hard at work at their first day on the Habitat for Humanity build in Gravenhurst.

Students in the Carpentry Techniques program at Georgian’s Muskoka Campus will go beyond the classroom this semester to help on a Habitat for Humanity build site in Gravenhurst. They will work on the build site two days a week putting their learning to use.

“The hands-on experience students will gain on this build will complement campus learning and boost students’ confidence in their skills,” says Muskoka Campus Manager Bonnie DeWitt. “Georgian is committed to being a catalyst for change, so we’re delighted to do our part to help two local families gain a home.” Continue reading

Georgian students get their shine on

Published on Tuesday, Sept. 09, 2014

Students from the Orillia and Owen Sound campuses are raising funds for cystic fibrosis research as part of Shinerama on Wednesday, Sept. 10. They’ll be shining “anything that can be shined” – cars, shoes, keys, and more in return for donations from the public. Continue reading

A great first week at Georgian

Published on Friday, Sept. 05, 2014

A crowd of students walk from the gym to their academic breakout sessions
After a welcome session at the Athletic Centre, students proceeded to academic breakout sessions at Barrie Campus Orientation

Thousands of new full-time students started at Georgian on Sept. 2 and each one is adjusting to campus life. For returning students, the first week of fall semester means getting back into fast-paced programs. That’s why Georgian staff and faculty do everything they can to ensure the first week of school is productive and fun for all. Continue reading

Paramedic students drop texts and go digital

Published on Friday, Sept. 05, 2014

Kayla Slade, a second-year student in Georgian College’s Paramedic program, is happy to have all her texts available on the iPad Mini in her right hand, rather than the 25 pounds of books previously required.
Kayla Slade, a second-year student in Georgian’s Paramedic program, is happy to have all her texts available on the iPad Mini in her right hand, rather than the 25 pounds of books previously required.

In the past, Georgian Paramedic student Kayla Slade wouldn’t only carpool with other students, her textbooks would carpool too. The texts were so heavy and cumbersome that students took turns bringing one book at a time. Now, all the students simply shove their texts into a side pocket of their uniforms.

All paper-based books in Georgian’s paramedic programs have officially gone digital this fall, replacing 25 pounds of texts with an iPad Mini weighing less than one pound. Slade and many of her classmates have been using the e-texts for a while and she says students love it. Continue reading

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