Orientation and first-year transition programs

Top reasons to attend Orientation at Georgian

  • connect with other new students – whether you’re a mature student, directly out of high school, transferring, commuting, coming from another country, or whatever your situation, this is your chance to connect!
  • find out who’s who – get to know the faces of Georgian College, hear from our President, academic deans, co-ordinators, and more!
  • meet faculty – find out what your classes will be like, get to know your teachers and classmates, and ask questions about textbooks, papers or missed classes
  • people who attend Orientation events feel more connected and comfortable on campus, and get a better start – learn about the resources that will help contribute to your overall success
  • get involved – student clubs, on-campus jobs and volunteer work – find out how you can get involved at Georgian!
  • services – find out how to get help with study skills, tutoring and counselling, and learn about our athletic facilities and programs
  • free stuff – who doesn’t like FREE stuff?

Get Connected is your chance to visit Georgian and connect with us before the start-of-semester rush. Get things done at Get Connected to avoid long lineups on the first day of classes and focus on meeting friends, faculty and staff!

Here are some of the things you can do at Get Connected:

  • purchase your parking pass or learn about transit
  • learn about fitness options or activate your fitness centre membership
  • get a personalized tour of your classrooms
  • attend an IT session to learn how to use Banner and Blackboard technology
  • visit the Registrar’s Office for help with fees, OSAP, course registration and student cards
  • learn about your health insurance coverage and options if you are covered under another plan
  • connect with staff who can offer you academic support

Get Connected – your pre-Orientation

What’s the next step becoming a GRIZZLY? Attend GET CONNECTED – your fast pass to life at Georgian!

Visit campus ahead of time to avoid long lineups on the first day of classes.

GROWLER’S to-do list at Get Connected:

  • purchase a parking pass and activate your fitness centre membership #freshman15
  • get a personalized tour of your classrooms and campus
  • attend an IT session to learn how to use Banner and Blackboard technology #veryimportant
  • visit the Registrar’s Office for help with fees, OSAP, add/drop courses and student cards
  • learn about your health insurance coverage and options if you are covered under another plan
  • connect with your Advisor #geterdone

Register for Get Connected

Don’t miss Orientation at the Barrie Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5

Welcome to fall Orientation 2017! We want your first day on campus to set the tone for your college career – exciting, worthwhile and FUN!

NOTE: There are no classes for any students on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Fall Orientation

  • prepares you to make a successful transition to Georgian
  • helps you focus on your studies, your career plans and the new experiences you’ll have
  • covers many important areas of campus life (so you can stress less!)
  • gives you a chance to learn more about your program, and meet your peers, faculty and program co-ordinators
  • allows you to gain knowledge of the many available student services that will help you succeed

Schedule

  • 9:00 a.m. to noon
    • academic sessions (various times and locations)
    • get to know your program (e.g., does it have co-op?)
    • learn about important dates and deadlines
    • meet teachers and other faculty members
    • ask questions about the college, academics and programs
    • learn about school policies around academics (e.g., academic misconduct)
    • learn about the student portal – your one-stop shop for student information
    • find your room assignment for academic sessions
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • all-day vendor and info fair (various locations)
  • 11:30 a.m.
    • FREE pizza lunch
  • 1 p.m.
    • President’s welcome assembly (field)
  • 1:15 p.m.
    • PlayFair! (field)
  • 7 p.m.
    • movie night (Georgian Theatre)

Stay for

  • FREE pizza lunch
  • meet-and-greet with Georgian President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes and Georgian College Students’ Association President Avery Konda at 1 p.m.
  • Playfair – a fantastic and fun experience for all students (to take place after meet-and-greet)
  • vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (check out Georgian services and local vendors)
  • visit the Wellness Corner – they have you covered
  • movie night starting at 7 p.m. (movie to be announced soon)

Get Connected

We are also hosting Get Connected sessions to prepare you for college before school starts.

Prepare to get your Grizzly on! #roar

Don’t miss Orientation at the Midland Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5

Welcome to fall Orientation 2017! We want your first day on campus to set the tone for your college career – exciting, worthwhile and FUN!

NOTE: There are no classes for any students on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Fall Orientation

  • prepares you to make a successful transition to Georgian
  • helps you focus on your studies, your career plans and the new experiences you’ll have
  • covers many important areas of campus life (so you can stress less!)
  • gives you a chance to learn more about your program, and meet your peers, faculty and program co-ordinators
  • allows you to gain knowledge of the many available student services that will help you succeed

Morning sessions

  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    • breakfast (assorted pastries and coffee/tea) to be set up outside welding shop area
  • 10 to 10:30 a.m.
    • welcome assembly, general college information
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • students will be taken to their specific program areas (t-shirts and swag will be distributed in these program areas)
    • Electrical Techniques
    • Plumbing Techniques
    • Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic
    • Mechanical Techniques – Marine Engine Mechanic
    • Welding Techniques
    • Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Maintenance
    • Personal Support Worker
    • Academic and Career Preparation

Afternoon sessions

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • barbecue lunch (outside the welding shop area)
    • a booth will be set up for students in the front foyer for student card pictures
    • a Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) booth will be set up for students to find out more about becoming a director
    • parking passes can be purchased at the front desk

Prepare to get your Grizzly on! #roar

Don’t miss Orientation at the Muskoka Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5

Welcome to fall Orientation 2017! We want your first day on campus to set the tone for your college career – exciting, worthwhile and FUN!

NOTE: There are no classes for any students on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Fall Orientation

  • prepares you to make a successful transition to Georgian
  • helps you focus on your studies, your career plans and the new experiences you’ll have
  • covers many important areas of campus life (so you can stress less!)
  • gives you a chance to learn more about your program, and meet your peers, faculty and program co-ordinators
  • allows you to gain knowledge of the many available student services that will help you succeed

Schedule

  • 10:30 a.m.
    • sign-in and registration (front lobby)
  • 10:30 to 11 a.m.
    • FREE snacks and ice-breaker activities (Rooms 113 and 114)
    • FIPPA sheets
    • timetables
    • important dates
    • agendas
  • 10:45 a.m.: introduction and welcome (Room 113 and 114)
  • 11 a.m.: academic information
    • student insurance
    • co-curricular record
    • Snap Fitness promotion
    • Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA)
  • 11:40 a.m.
    • breakout sessions
    • Prehealth Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (Room 114)
    • Personal Support Worker (Room 115)
  • noon
    • pizza lunch (pavilion – weather permitting; rain location – lounge, Room 109)
    • book pick-up
    • locker rentals

Get Connected

We are also hosting Get Connected sessions to prepare you for college before school starts.

Prepare to get your Grizzly on! #roar

Don’t miss Orientation at the Orangeville Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5

Welcome to fall Orientation 2017! We want your first day on campus to set the tone for your college career – exciting, worthwhile and FUN!

NOTE: There are no classes for any students on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Fall Orientation

  • prepares you to make a successful transition to Georgian
  • helps you focus on your studies, your career plans and the new experiences you’ll have
  • covers many important areas of campus life (so you can stress less!)
  • gives you a chance to learn more about your program, and meet your peers, faculty and program co-ordinators
  • allows you to gain knowledge of the many available student services that will help you succeed

Schedule

  • 9:15 a.m.
    • meet-and-greet with the Orangeville Campus manager, your student advisors, Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) president, faculty and staff
  • 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
    • welcome address and introduction to student support services (Room 105)
  • 10:15 to 10:30 a.m.
    • break for students (ice-breaker activities)
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon
    • individual program breakout sessions and computer lab scavenger hunt (familiarizing with Blackboard)
    • get to know your program
    • learn about important dates and deadlines (e.g., student insurance)
    • meet program co-ordinators, faculty and staff
    • ask questions about the college, academics and programs
    • learn about school policies around academics (e.g., academic misconduct)
    • learn about the student portal – your one-stop shop for student information
  • 12:15 p.m.
    • lunch
    • prizes awarded for activities

Stay for

  • Let Your Past Carry You Forward workshops – learn how to request an academic review of your prior learning
  • pick up your textbooks, parking pass and get your student ID photo taken
  • breakout sessions with faculty and program co-ordinators
  • get to know your community, visit service provider booths set up around campus
  • win prizes throughout the morning, pick up swag, visit the candy bar, and join your peers for a barbecue lunch

Get Connected

We are also hosting Get Connected sessions to prepare you for college before school starts. Students are encouraged to drop by campus between Aug. 28 and 31 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., or Sept. 1 between 8:30 a.m. and noon, to get a start on the following:

  • purchase a parking pass
  • get a personalized tour of your classrooms and campus services
  • meet Orangeville Campus staff
  • ask questions about the fall Orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prepare to get your Grizzly on! #roar

Join us for Orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

Welcome to Orientation 2017! There are two separate program sessions for the morning and afternoon – find your program and start time below.

NOTE: There are no classes for any students on Sept. 5.

Morning session

  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    • free breakfast in The Den
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • official welcome for students in the gym (Room A206)
    • starts in the gym, then transfer to individual program sessions
  • morning programs:
    • Addictions Treatment and Prevention
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Police Studies Degree
    • Protection Security and Investigation/Community and Justice Services
    • Child and Youth Care
    • CICE (Community Integration through Cooperative Education)

Afternoon session

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • activities, entertainment, ribbon cutting, pizza lunch and Georgian 50th celebration in the cafeteria
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    • official welcome for students in the gym (Room A206)
    • starts in the gym, then transfers to individual program sessions
  • afternoon programs:
    • Police Foundations
    • Development Service Worker
    • Social Service Worker
    • Therapeutic Recreation
    • Veterinary Technician
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m: ice cream truck at the main entrance

Other activities

There are many exciting activities planned between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for both students and staff to enjoy, including:

  • a variety of vendors
  • henna tattoos
  • music
  • an assortment of activities

Meals are being provided throughout the day FREE of charge, including:

  • a breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in The Den
  • lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria
  • and an afternoon treat starting at 3:30 p.m. at the main entrance

From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. students will be able to get:

  • parking passes at the Welcome Centre
  • bus passes in Printing Services (Room A115)
  • student cards (Room A100)

Please join us for:

  • one of two boat cruises at either 5 or 8 p.m.
  • SWAG giveaways throughout the day
  • FREE breakfast and lunch
  • individual program sessions
  • welcome from Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) president Scott Mason

We are also hosting Get Connected sessions to prepare you for college before school starts.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, Aug. 24, noon to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss Orientation at the Owen Sound Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5

Welcome to fall Orientation 2017! We want your first day on campus to set the tone for your college career – exciting, worthwhile and FUN!

NOTE: There are no classes for any students on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Fall Orientation

  • prepares you to make a successful transition to Georgian
  • helps you focus on your studies, your career plans and the new experiences you’ll have
  • covers many important areas of campus life (so you can stress less!)
  • gives you a chance to learn more about your program, and meet your peers, faculty and program co-ordinators
  • allows you to gain knowledge of the many available student services that will help you succeed

Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m.
    • welcome breakfast, senior staff welcome, St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program (cafeteria)
  • 9:30 a.m.
    • program breakout sessions – various rooms (Group 2)
    • meet with co-ordinator, faculty, alumni, current students and new students
    • welcome assembly – gymnasium (Group 1)
    • swag pick up
    • senior leadership team members, campus principal, student life advisor, Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA), Owen Sound Police and Fire services and special guests
  • 10:30 a.m.
    • Group 2 travels to gymnasium
    • Group 1 travels to classrooms for academic session
  • 10:40 a.m.
    • welcome assembly (Group 2)
    • program breakout session (Group 1)
  • 11:50 a.m.
    • pizza lunch (cafeteria)
  • noon
    • activities, carnival and vendor fair (located inside and outside)
  • 2:45 p.m.
    • closing rally

Get Connected

We are also hosting Get Connected sessions to prepare you for college before school starts.

Prepare to get your Grizzly on! #roar

Don’t miss Orientation at the South Georgian Bay Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5

Welcome to fall Orientation 2017! We want your first day on campus to set the tone for your college career – exciting, worthwhile and FUN!

NOTE: There are no classes for any students on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Fall Orientation

  • prepares you to make a successful transition to Georgian
  • helps you focus on your studies, your career plans and the new experiences you’ll have
  • covers many important areas of campus life (so you can stress less!)
  • gives you a chance to learn more about your program, and meet your peers, faculty and program co-ordinators
  • allows you to gain knowledge of the many available student services that will help you succeed

Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m.: refreshments (second floor atrium)

Group A: Social Service Worker (Room 120)

  • 9 to 9:15 a.m.
    • welcome session and introductions
    • free swag
  • 9:15 to 9:30 a.m.
    • general information
  • 9:35 to 10:35 a.m.
    • academic sessions (meet the faculty, learn more about your program)
  • 10:35 to 10:50 a.m.
    • break and refreshments sponsored by Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA)
  • 10:50 to 11 a.m.
    • GCSA updates and information
  • 11 to 11:15 a.m.
    • campus health and safety
  • 11:20 a.m. to noon
    • student technology (Banner, Blackboard, student email, and student card information)
  • noon to 1 p.m.
    • lunch sponsored by GCSA (first floor lobby)

Group B: Bookkeeping, Office Administration – General, Office Administration – Health Services, Personal Support Worker, Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (Rooms 212/213)

  • 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
    • welcome session and introductions
    • free swag
  • 9:45 to 10 a.m.
    • general information
  • 10:05 to 11:05 a.m.
    • academic sessions (meet the faculty, learn more about your program)
  • 11:05 to 11:20 a.m.
    • break and refreshments sponsored by Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA)
  • 11:20 to 11:30 a.m.
    • GCSA updates and information
  • 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.
    • campus health and safety
  • 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • student technology (Banner, Blackboard, student email, and student card information)
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
    • lunch sponsored by GCSA (first floor lobby)

Get Connected

We are also hosting Get Connected sessions to prepare you for college before school starts. Students are encouraged to drop by campus Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • purchase your parking pass
  • pick up your text books
  • tour the campus
  • sign up for Remind (a text-based free phone application)
  • receive a “Get Connected” gift

Prepare to get your Grizzly on! #roar

Interested in joining the Orientation team?

Start out as one of our SWAT (Student Welcoming and Activities Team) volunteers. Under the guidance of transition leaders, you will help out with such events as:

  • Get Connected
  • Orientation day
  • tug-of-war
  • Stress Free Day
  • and many more!

To volunteer please fill out a job application below.

You can then progress to a paid position as a transition leader and further develop your leadership skills and campus involvement. For more information, please email orientation@georgiancollege.ca

O-Team application

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Don’t miss Orientation at the Muskoka Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5