Niagara College

Niagara College

Coordinates: 43°4′46.14″N 79°5′25.92″W / 43.0794833°N 79.0905333°W / 43.0794833; -79.0905333

Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology
Niagara College logo.png
Motto Applied Dreams
Established 1967
Type Public
President Dr. Dan Patterson
Academic staff 245
Students 8,000 full-time, 18,000 part-time
Undergraduates Available
Postgraduates Available
Location Welland
St. Catharines
Niagara Falls
, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban/Rural
Sports Teams Niagara Knights
Colours Blue      & White     
Mascot Knightro
Affiliations CCAA, ACCC, AUCC, CBIE

Niagara College is a College of Applied Arts and Technology within the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario. The College has four campuses: the Welland Campus in Welland, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Maid of the Mist Campus in Niagara Falls, home of the Tourism Industry Development Centre, and the Ontario Street Site in St. Catharines. With 8,000 full-time students, including more than 500 international students from more than 60 countries, the College offers over 90 post-secondary diploma, baccalaureate degrees and advanced level programs. The Continuing Education Division attracts approximately 15,000 registrants to more than 400 courses each year.

Niagara College employs 245 faculty, 73 administration staff and 208 support staff and has graduated more than 50,000 students.

- Source: Niagara College Fast Facts (2010)

Niagara College Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus



On May 21, 1965, Ontario led the way for Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology with the creation of its college system. In 1967, Niagara College’s Welland Campus was established in response to the provincial initiative to create many such institutions, providing career-oriented diploma and certificate courses, as well as continuing education programs.

In March 2004, the School of Hospitality and Tourism and the Niagara Culinary Institute relocated from the Maid of the Mist Campus in Niagara Falls to a new facility on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, which was opened in 1998. The new facility features food preparation laboratories, a 100-seat dining room, a Wine-tasting lab and the Niagara College Teaching Winery – the first commercial teaching winery in Canada. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is known for its state-of-the-art facilities, "living labs” for environmental, horticulture, hospitality and tourism, and business programs. It is also home to the Centre for Advanced Visualization, which applies virtual reality technology to projects from around the world.

In response to the rapid growth of Niagara’s tourism sector and the anticipated demand for thousands of new workers, the College established the Tourism Industry Development Centre (TIDC). Housed on the Maid of the Mist Campus in Niagara Falls, the TIDC serves as a dedicated industry development and training resource for the hospitality and tourism sector. In 2007, the Ontario Street Site was added for the expanding Health & Community Studies programs.

In 2008, Niagara College embarked on a $90 million campus redevelopment plan, as part of the College’s Building Futures Campaign, which includes significant improvements and additions to the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses. The redevelopment project is designed to increase capacity in programs that serve key industries in Niagara, including skilled trades, technology, winery and viticulture and hospitality and tourism, while providing much-needed improvements to aging facilities. The project is also a response to the College’s unprecedented growth, including a 10.1 percent increase in total enrolment for the Fall 2008 term - the largest increase among all Ontario colleges.

Construction at the Welland Campus includes a 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) expansion to the Niagara Technology Centre, as well as a new Academic Wing, a Library and Learning Commons, a two-storey Athletics Centre and a Student Centre. The Welland Campus will also be home to the state-of-the-art $40 million Applied Health Institute, funded by the Federal and Provincial governments under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP), which will give a permanent home for the College’s Registered Practical Nurse and Personal Support Worker programs (currently in a leased facility), and will provide 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) of expanded space for existing applied health programs, including Therapeutic Recreation, Paramedics, Pharmacy Assistant, and Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus features a new Wine Visitor + Education Centre, integrating academic programming, facilities for the unique Niagara College Teaching Winery and an educational centre for students, industry and visitors. The Campus will also see the expansion of the world-renowned Niagara Culinary Institute and the construction of Canada’s first teaching brewery.

Completion of the campus redevelopment project is scheduled for 2011.


College residence in fall, Welland Campus
Students playing beach volleyball at 2007 Orientation, Welland Campus
Chef Michael Olson teaching in culinary theatre

Programs include more than 90 post-secondary and graduate certificate Post-Graduate programs in the divisions of Academic Studies, Business & Entrepreneurship, Continuing Education, Health & Community Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, Information & Media Studies, Environment, Horticulture & Agribusiness, General Studies, Technology and English as a Second Language.

Areas of specialization include Hospitality and Tourism, and Institute of Culinary Arts - Advanced Technology Education, Applied Research, Broadcasting, Dental and Policing & Public Safety.

Niagara College offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Applied Business (Hospitality Operations Management)and Bachelor of Applied Business (International Commerce and Global Development).

Niagara Culinary Institute

Niagara Culinary Institute dining room
Niagara College Greenhouse store at Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus
Aerial view of 38 acres of vineyards at the NOTL Campus

The Niagara Culinary Institute (NCI), Ontario's premier culinary school, is part of the school of Hospitality & Tourism the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Offering programs for future chefs, cooks, and bakers, this culinary training school in Canada is well known for its academics and career opportunities. Students who attend the NCI go on to work in some of the top restaurants and bakeries around the world.
Designed by Moffat Kinoshita Architects, the facility features a 100-seat glass circular dining room overlooking College vineyards, two food labs, a bake lab and a combination food and bake lab, a culinary demonstration theatre, classrooms wired for Internet access, a main service kitchen, wine tasting room, offices and meeting rooms.


Welland Campus 300 Woodlawn Road, Welland, ON

Skills Centre, Welland Campus

Set on 100 acres (0.40 km2) in the heart of the community of Welland, the Welland Campus includes a broad expanse of green space and is close to shopping and entertainment. This campus offers a full range of services and activities including a fitness and sports centre, student activity centre, open computer labs, campus store, library and newly renovated cafeteria. The Welland Campus is home to programs in broadcasting, communications, health and community studies, early childhood education, and policing. The Technology Skill Centre is an addition to this campus as is the Centre for Policing and Community Safety Studies, a product of a partnership between the College and the Niagara Regional Police Service. The Welland Campus consolidates all of the technology programs at one campus. A true "community" campus, the Welland campus is also home to the new Welland YMCA and the Niagara Children's Safety Village.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Courtyard, Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, opened in 1998, is located at Glendale Avenue and the Queen Elizabeth Way, the major transportation corridor between Toronto and the US. The three-storey educational facility, featuring a state-of-the-art greenhouse centre, the new Niagara Waters Spa, the Niagara Culinary Institute and its 100-seat dining room and the Niagara College Teaching Winery, is located at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve. The campus is enveloped in an ecological band of wetlands, vineyards and community gardens, becoming a living laboratory for the college's thriving environment and horticulture programs. With more than 1,850 m². (20,000 sq ft.) of greenhouse space, as well as living labs, container and field nursery operations, and onsite greenhouse equipment, students cultivate plants of many varieties year round that are sold to the public and used to beautify the 68-acre (280,000 m2) Campus. In addition to the award-winning Niagara College Teaching Winery, the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus has three on-site vineyards and a Wine Sensory Laboratory.

Ontario Street Site, 155 Ontario St., St. Catharines, ON

Intensive Care simulation lab, Ontario St. Site

Officially opened in March 2007, the Ontario Street satellite site is home to the College’s Practical Nursing and Personal Support Worker programs, and represents a unique partnership with the Niagara Health System (NHS). Through this partnership, students benefit by learning in an environment that mirrors the workplace and provides access to the expertise of the Niagara Health System’s healthcare professionals. The NHS, in turn, benefits by having the opportunity to recruit highly trained graduates. Launched in 2006, the Practical Nursing program is designed to help meet the high demand for Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) across the healthcare system.
The College’s facilities include the former Intensive Care Unit of the NHS Ontario Site (formerly Hotel Dieu hospital), which has been converted to a practical learning lab for the students in both programs. The lab includes patient beds, medical equipment and a nurses’ station. Program offices are also located on the fifth floor, and classrooms are on the first floor. The site is also home to the college’s Contract Training and Continuing Education Health Sciences programs.

Maid of the Mist Campus, 5881 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls, ON

Maid-of-the-Mist Campus

Located minutes from the heart of the tourism district and within walking distance from the Falls, the Maid of the Mist Campus is the home of the Tourism Industry Development Centre (TIDC), a hub of services dedicated to the Niagara Region’s hospitality and tourism industry. Short Term training opportunities include Bartender, culinary techniques, Wine 101 and full range of hospitality and tourism training, education and skills development courses. Also at this campus is the Job Connect Program Niagara College Jobs and Training - helping young people access employment in hospitality and tourism. The Kerrio Dining room is open to the public Thursdays and Fridays during the school year. Lunch and dinners are prepared by the Level I Cook Apprentice students under the supervision of the Chefs of Niagara Culinary Institute.
Also at the Maid of-the-Mist Campus is a fully equipped modern salon for the Hairstyling programs. In the last few years students have distinguished themselves by capturing medals at the Skills Canada-Ontario competition.

Key Performance Indicators

Banner Unveiling NOTL

According to the results of the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey released in the Spring of 2010, Niagara College had received a sixth consecutive number-one ranking in overall student satisfaction among all Ontario colleges. In all, 85.2 per cent of students from the 2009 academic year indicated that they were satisfied with the education they were receiving at Niagara College according to the results of that year’s KPI survey. The results had marked the ninth year in a row that Niagara College has been at or near the top in student satisfaction.

The Key Performance Indicator survey of released in the Spring of 2011 placed La Cité collégiale as first in student satisfaction for the 2010 academic year.[1]


Niagara College, home of the Niagara Knights, is a member of the Ontario Colleges and Canadian Colleges Athletic Associations (OCAA & CCAA).

Niagara Knights Logo

Niagara Knights LogoVarsity sports include:

Men's and Women's Basketball
Men's and Women's Curling
Men's and Women's Indoor Soccer
Men's and Women's Golf
Men's and Women’s Soccer
Men's and Women's Volleyball

In the Fall of 2010, the Welland Campus will have a brand new athletic centre opening up that will feature two gymnasiums, a fitness centre, multi-purpose rooms and additional locker facilities. The Welland Campus also offers a softball diamond, an outdoor running track (0.6 km), two-rink outdoor hockey facility and a soccer/football field.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake features a gymnasium and fitness room.

The Intramural League programs and activities include ball hockey, basketball, badminton, touch football, basketball, co-ed volleyball, indoor soccer, outdoor ball hockey, soccer and ice hockey.

Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor’s Degrees Developed in consultation with employers, Niagara College’s two Bachelor's Degrees in Applied Business combine the targeted, practical strengths of a college with the theoretical foundations of the four-year bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degrees offered by Niagara College deliver a unique combination for students who like to learn not only with their eyes and ears, but also with their hands.
College degree learners put theory to practice, to develop skill and knowledge specifically targeted to their field of study. Graduating with a college bachelor's degree, they are immediately ready to succeed in their chosen career. Niagara College Bachelor of Applied Business Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Applied Business - International Commerce and Global Development
  • Bachelor of Applied Business - Hospitality Operations Management

University Transfers

University Transfers Niagara College has a number of Joint Programs with the several institutions:

  • Brock University
  • Niagara University, New York State, U.S.A.
  • Sanda University, China
  • University of Santo Tomas, Chile

Niagara College has developed many degree completion agreements with universities and colleges in Canada and around the world. Diploma graduates have many opportunities to complete a degree through Niagara College's Partnering Institutions in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and New Brunswick. International university partners can be found in New York State, Michigan, New Hampshire, Australia, United Arab Emirates and Chile.


Niagara College has a radio station that transmits on an FM frequency at 90.1 MHz, which is located at the Welland Campus on Woodlawn Road in Welland, Ontario. The station is branded as 90.1 FM The Heat, Niagara's New Rock and operates 24 hours, 7 days a week and covers a listening area of approximately 300 square kilometres.


The College has joined Project Hero, a scholarship program cofounded by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier, for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members. [2]

Notable alumni

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External links

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