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How to decorate your dorm room like an HGTV star

BFemale professor holding up paint swatches in a design libraryy Mary Dobson, professor, Interior Decorating program

Your dorm room may be a small space but it’s a big part of your college experience — it’s your workspace, hangout space, quiet space and home. Read more...

Bradley sisters work, laugh and play together

Childhood photos of the Bradley sistersIn honour of National Sisters Day (Aug. 1), we sat down with Midhurst natives and Georgian alumnae Emmily and Maggie Bradley, who have an especially strong sisterly bond.

They both graduated from the Police Foundations program in 2017 and co-founded Project CRASH, an initiative to deter bad driving habits. Read more...

Georgian implements high tech parking improvements at the Barrie Campus

On your next visit to Georgian’s Barrie Campus you’ll be able to pay for parking on your phone.

Georgian is implementing parking improvements at the campus to improve the customer experience. Beginning Aug. 1, all parking lot gates will be removed and the college will roll out a new licence plate recognition system. Read more...

Georgian students apply wig-making skills to help kids with cancer

Dark haired female student adding yard to a knit hatGeorgian College Hairstyling students are learning more than just how to transform a customer’s look – they’re learning how to add a little bit of joy to a child going through a difficult time in their young life.

Students in Michelle Parliament’s hair additions class at the Barrie Campus are learning wig-making skills with a plan to donate the final products to young cancer patients. Read more...

Cabinetmaking students show their best work at exhibit

Female student working on a woodworking projectThe pieces displayed in Georgian College’s sixth annual Student Cabinetmaking Exhibit are as unique and diverse as the students themselves.

The Cabinetmaking Techniques students will display their work starting Tuesday, Aug. 7 in the Helen and Arch Brown Centre for Visual Arts at the Barrie Campus. The grand opening takes place between 7 and 9 p.m.; the exhibit continues Wednesday, Aug. 8 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Read more...

Interview with a Grizzly: Why you should try out for varsity sports

Most varsity team tryouts take place in August and September. We asked Liam Gray, a key member of the men’s volleyball team and an CCAA All-Canadian, why he thinks you should become a Grizzly.

Why did you decide to join?

Three signs your cabinets are well built

By Lynn MacKinlay, lead professor, Cabinetmaking Techniques program

1. They feature quality hardware

Generic hardware – hinges, slides, etc. – does not stand up to the test of time. Look for quality brands like Hettich, Hafele and Blum.
Image showing a quality hinge by blum and another generic brand

2. They’re made of 3/4” material

I like my cabinets to be ¾” material. This is the standard for architectural millwork. I think it should be the standard for residential kitchens as well. Most residential kitchen cabinets are 5/8” or even ½” thick material. Residential kitchens get a great deal of wear and tear. There’s longevity in thicker materials. Read more...

"Luckiest dude" at Georgian a changemaker ally just a click away

Male staff member listens to student talking at an event; wearing a suitMeet Quentin Evans. Unofficially, his job title is “luckiest dude” since he says he has one of the coolest and most rewarding roles at Georgian. Officially, he’s one of two community impact project liaisons in the Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation at the Orillia Campus.

“I have the privilege of interacting daily with aspiring student changemakers,” he says. “Everyone has the capacity for greatness. My passion is helping students unearth theirs.” Read more...

Georgian seeks local families to host international students

Three women in a kitchen making breakfastThis fall, Georgian College will welcome approximately 1,350 new international students across Barrie, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay campuses. These students need welcoming places to live. The college is encouraging local families to participate in its Homestay program, or to list furnished rental units on

While the college welcomes traditional rentals, students in the Homestay program expect to learn about life in Canada – and adjust to their new community – with the help of host families. They’re looking to experience typical Canadian family dynamics, make new friends, and improve their English. Read more...