Niagara College’s ‘Building Futures Campaign’ Surpasses $16.5-million Goal

From Niagara College

(Niagara At Large is posting this April 17 media release from Niagara College in Niagara, Ontario for our readers’ information)

The Niagara College Foundation announced today that it has successfully
completed its Building Futures Campaign, exceeding the original
$16.5-million target by more than $1-million.

Applied Health Institute under construction at Niagara College's Welland, Ontario campus. Photo courtesy of Niagara College

Launched in 2008, the campaign has raised $17.7-million for new
facilities, equipment and learning resources, and scholarships and
bursaries. With matching funds from the provincial government’s former
Ontario Trust for Student Support program, the campaign’s total impact
on student learning and success is $21-million.

Niagara College students pledged $10 million to the campaign – a
commitment that will be shared by thousands of students over 15 years.
The student pledge supported the construction of the Athletics Centre
and Student Centre at the Welland Campus.

The Building Futures campaign received outstanding support from Niagara
College staff, who contributed $270,000 to the campaign – almost
tripling the campaign’s goal of $100,000 in staff contributions.

“We’re overwhelmed by the outstanding support we’ve received from
our students, staff and faculty, and community donors,” said Acting
President Steve Hudson. “The money raised through the Building Futures
Campaign not only supports the largest capital expansion in our
College’s history, but will also contribute to the ongoing success
of our students, through scholarships and bursaries, and the purchase of
learning equipment and learning resources.”

The facilities portion of the Building Futures Campaign supported the
construction of six new buildings at the Welland Campus, as well as the
construction of the Wine Visitor + Education Centre (opened in 2009),
the Niagara College Teaching Brewery (opened in spring 2011) and
expanded culinary facilities (opened in fall 2011) at the
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

At Welland, the master plan project included the construction of an
Athletic Centre, Student Centre, Learning Commons, Academic Wing,
Applied Health Institute and an expansion of the Rankin Technology
Centre, all of which were opened in spring 2011. Including the student
pledge, the Building Futures Campaign raised $13.2 million for the
construction portion of the master plan.

The campus redevelopment was designed to increase capacity in programs
that serve key industries in Niagara, healthcare, skilled trades,
technology, winery and viticulture and hospitality and tourism, while
providing much-needed improvements to aging facilities.
The remaining $4.5-million is funding the purchase of new equipment and
learning resources ($1.2-million) and scholarships and bursaries

“Those who supported the Building Futures Campaign have invested in
Niagara College, our students and the future prosperity of the Niagara
region,” said Sean Kennedy, CEO of the Niagara College Foundation and
NC’s Acting Vice President Academic. “The new buildings and
equipment enhance our ability to produce the highly-skilled workers who
drive our economy. The scholarship and bursary portion of the campaign
will provide educational opportunities to students who may otherwise be
unable to pursue and achieve their goals.”

The Building Futures Campaign was led by Co-Chairs Anna Olson, a
celebrated chef, author and television host, and Mark Basciano, owner
and president of the Mountainview Group of Companies – the largest
homebuilder in Niagara. The campaign drew support from students, staff,
and the broader community, including individuals, businesses and

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and
advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and
Niagara Falls. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences,
advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety,
supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer,
horticulture and esthetics. For more information, visit

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