Georgian’s first in-person Open House in more than two years draws record-setting crowd

Nov. 15, 2022

Georgian’s first in-person Open House since fall 2019 was a huge success with more than 2,300 guests coming out Saturday to learn about college programs and services. This represents a 55 per cent increase from the last in-person Open House.

Interested prospective applicants connected with faculty and employees across all seven campus locations to discover what makes the Georgian Experience unique – from our close-knit and welcoming communities, to our focus on hands-on learning, changemaking attitude, advanced technology and entrepreneurial mindset.

Guests were encouraged to try a variety of hands-on activities and explore cool labs and innovative spaces at each campus. They were able to meet their future support network to see all the ways Georgian’s Student Services team can help with their academic success. In addition, guests learned about their financial aid options and how to access awards, scholarships and bursaries. They could also take a tour of the seven campus locations as well as the Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre in downtown Barrie.

Audrey Francioni from Wasaga Beach came out to learn more out Georgian’s new four-year Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree program.

Audrey Francioni listens to the heartbeat of a high-fidelity simulated infant in one of the hands-on demonstrations at Georgian College’s Open House. 

“It was exciting to see the faculty demonstrate the simulators and learn about all the cool technology we’d get to work with in the program,”

– Audrey Francioni, Open House guest

Paige Schlorff and her parents Tracey and Terry travelled to Open House from Hanover to check out the nursing degree as well.

“It was great to be able to tour the Barrie Campus, see all the hands-on demonstrations in the nursing labs and talk to the faculty and nursing students,” says Paige. “I like the residence and Georgian is close to home which is also very nice.”

Paige Schlorff and her parents Tracey and Terry chat with Kevin Weaver, President and CEO at Georgian’s Open House.

Guests learned about several new programs

Guests learned about new programs designed to help the next generation of graduates become job-ready for today’s workforce, and meet the demands of local employers, including:

Record-setting applications!

More than 1,130 applications – the largest number of applications ever recorded for Open House – were filed on Saturday and those who applied to at least one Georgian program had the $110 Ontario Colleges Application Service fee covered by the college.

Missed Open House?

Connect with us at a Get to Know Georgian virtual event: Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Feb. 7 and March 14.

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