Georgian College bronze recipient of CICan Program Excellence Award
June 01, 2016

Four people standing in front of banners with an award

Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) recognized Georgian as bronze recipient of the 2015-2016 CICan Program Excellence Award. Accepting the award were Kevin Weaver, Dean, Technology and Visual Arts; Derek Martin, Professor, Engineering and Environmental Technologies; Tom McBride, Chair, Georgian College Board of Governors; and MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO.

Georgian College’s Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs received recognition at a special celebration in Quebec City as part of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) annual conference. CICan recognized Georgian as bronze recipient of the 2015-2016 CICan Program Excellence Award.

“We are grateful to CICan for bestowing Georgian with this honour and for recognizing the outstanding reputation of our Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs,” says MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College. “Georgian is proud to offer high-quality programs, extraordinary co-op experiences, and to have established one-of-a-kind partnerships in the electricity sector that are of great benefit to students and employers.”

The electricity sector in Ontario is undergoing significant demographic changes. Over the next five years, many partners in the industry face an attrition rate in their workforce of up to 40 per cent. Georgian is well positioned to address these challenges, differentiating itself through collaborative partnerships with leading electricity, utility, automation and manufacturing companies. Current partners include PowerStream, Toronto Hydro, KUKA Robotics, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Honda of Canada Manufacturing, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories – to name a few.

“Each of our partnerships is comprehensive, helps to ensure current technologies are embedded in our curriculum and classrooms, and provides ample opportunities for students and graduates to meet and learn from prospective future employers,” says Kevin Weaver, Dean, Technology and Visual Arts. “These partnerships have also led to increased applied research activity and infrastructure for electric vehicle, distribution and smart grid activity.”

Each year, Georgian’s electrical engineering programs are filled to capacity. They continue to receive strong Key Performance Indicator results and high praise from industry. Students are particularly attracted to Georgian’s co-op opportunities. In 2014-2015 alone, 190 employers provided 570 work terms to students in the programs.

The Colleges and Institutes Canada Awards program recognizes and promotes excellence within Canadian colleges, institutes, cégeps, university colleges and polytechnics. For more information, visit collegesinstitutes.ca.

Learn how Georgian’s Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs can accelerate learning and success.