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Lou Biffis recognized with honorary diploma at Barrie Campus convocation June 19

An older man sitting at a table flanked by a man and a woman. They are all wearing convocation gowns.Georgian College presented longtime supporter Lou Biffis with the Board of Governors’ Honorary Diploma. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO and Board of Governors Vice Chair Don Gordon conferred the diploma on Biffis during convocation ceremonies at the Barrie Campus on Tuesday, June 19.

The Georgian College Board of Governors’ Honorary Diploma is presented to a recipient who has demonstrated excellence in their profession or industry, and who has made a major contribution to an academic program at Georgian College through a significant contribution of expertise, influence and personal time. Read more...

Unique program helps students with disabilities transition into college life

Students gather on the lawn in a semi-circle writing notes and working on laptop computersMaking the transition from high school to college is difficult for all students, and those with disabilities face additional challenges.

Georgian’s Student Success Services will host a summer transition program for students with disabilities. Read more...

Dual credit program a great introduction to college

As the secondary school year comes to a close, many high school students are finishing classes at Georgian College. About 1,100 students from eight school boards take college credits that count toward their high school diplomas at Georgian each year.

Girl with long dark hair standing in front of a displayJessica Gauvin is one such student. When she started the 2017-18 academic year, her guidance counsellor at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School told the Grade 12 student she was missing several credits and would not be able to graduate with her peers. To catch up, she decided to take an Introduction to Psychology dual credit course. Read more...

Georgian offering one-on-one help to people who want to go back to college

Smiling woman wearing blue shirt standing near a big Georgian logoWhen Judy Toupin, a busy grandmother of two, wanted to make a career change in her 60s, she knew she wanted to get out from behind a desk and discover the world of travel.

“Going back to school was the best decision I ever made,” says Toupin, who just finished her Tourism, Marketing and Product Development program at Georgian’s Barrie Campus. “It was also a difficult decision, but with the changing job market, I knew tourism was a growing industry and an excellent prospect for employment.” Read more...

Georgian offering opportunities to be a Student for a Day

Have you ever wondered what going to college feels like? Now you can find out! From now until June 22, Georgian College is offering opportunities to be a Student for a Day at the Barrie Campus. This is a new initiative, created to ease the transition to postsecondary.

People who are interested in participating need to pre-register and pick from a selection of classes and dates. Each participant is paired with a current Georgian student who walks them to class, sits with them through class, and then answers any questions over coffee. Campus tours are optional. Visits take between one and three hours. Read more...

Automotive Business School of Canada Board of Directors drives innovation forward

A large group of people standing in front of a buildingCollaboration and diverse thinking often lead to innovation.

Georgian College and the automotive industry share a long history and thanks to a $1-million investment over four years from the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) Board of Directors, Georgian students and faculty working with industry partners will soon come together in a state-of-the-art facility to develop and incubate ideas, test concepts, and showcase promising changemaking research. Read more...

Nathan Robitaille heads off to Skills Canada competition in Edmonton

Three male students wearing medals standing of multi-leveled podiumsNathan Robitaille, a recent graduate of the Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills program at Georgian’s Barrie Campus, is heading off to compete in the Skills Canada competition taking place June 4 to 5 in Edmonton. Nathan won a gold medal in CNC Machining at the recent Skills Ontario competition winning him a spot at nationals.

This competition will see over 500 of Canada’s trades students and apprentices – from hairstylists to electricians – competing for medals in their fields. Read more...

Growing Georgian receives funding from Chartwells and Coca-Cola

A group of people standing outside with a large cheque for $4,800.In 2017, the Georgian College Students’ Association, led by then-president Avery Konda, launched the Growing Georgian campus garden project. A six-month co-op position was created and a student was hired to co-ordinate the project. Thanks to financial assistance from Chartwells, the college food service provider, in partnership with Coca-Cola, Growing Georgian will have a funded co-op position for its second year of operation through the summer.

Funded by Chartwells through its Chartwells Campus Projects Fund and community donors, the garden became a reality last year through the efforts of a team of college staff and students and a number of community partners. The project has evolved into Growing Campuses that assists other Canadian colleges and universities in developing community gardens and solutions to help students facing food insecurity. Growing Campuses is currently going through incorporation to become a registered non-profit. Read more...

New study finds Georgian College makes substantial economic impact

According to a recent study based on fiscal year 2016-17, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (Emsi), Georgian College’s total annual impact in its catchment area is $1.2 billion. This significant impact is approximately equal to 5.3% of the regions’ total gross regional product (GRP), or approximately 12,786 jobs supported.

Emsi is a leading provider of economic impact studies and labour market data to educational institutions. The study includes two separate analyses: an economic impact analysis and an investment analysis, giving a complete picture of economic impact, while weighing the benefits of Georgian against the costs of supporting and attending the institution. Read more...

“Drive The Future” at the Georgian College Auto Show June 1 to 3 at the Barrie Campus

Two male students cleaning the front of a blue Ford truckThe 33rd annual Georgian College Auto Show returns under the theme of “Drive The Future” at the Barrie Campus June 1 to 3.

It’s the largest outdoor, student-run auto show in Canada. The event is organized and staffed by students in the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC). Read more...