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Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology

However you define your goals, the best learning to get you there extends far beyond the classroom. Georgian’s leadership in co-op, student work experience and entrepreneurship education delivers powerful ways to accelerate your learning, your career and your future. The best centres of learning do far more than transmit knowledge. They’re catalysts for change. Georgian is committed to being an active agent of growth for students – but also for employers, partners and communities. We foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in order to allow students to become job creators as well as job seekers. In addition to our cutting-edge curriculum, Georgian was Ontario’s first co-op education college and is a recognized leader in student work experience. We know today’s employers are looking for a different kind of postsecondary graduate and our one-of-a-kind University Partnership Centre offers our own career-focused degrees with built-in work terms as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees with partner institutions.

Georgian also offers over 125 career-focused programs on seven campuses that are located in some of the most sought-after areas in Central Ontario. These campuses play important roles in their communities, serving as hubs for academic, social, economic and cultural activities. We also have more than 550 articulation agreements with institutions around the world.

Fast Facts

  • 88.3% of Georgian grads get jobs within six months.
  • Over 4,100 students gain valuable work experience in paid co-op placements every year.
  • 15 degree programs through the University Partnership Centre. With over 550 articulation and transfer agreements, see how past coursework and experience can be used towards course exemptions.
  • More than $2.7 million in bursaries and scholarships available every year to financially support your postsecondary education at Georgian.
  • Entrepreneurship centres and changemaker spaces to better serve you. We embed entrepreneurship into all full-time programs and offer a diploma in Business Entrepreneurship.

Our research specialization:

  • Advanced manufacturing [prototyping, testing and automation]
  • Sustainability technologies [energy and wastewater management]
  • Social innovation [social entrepreneurship and community safety]
  • Community health and wellness [nursing and simulation]
  • Business and entrepreneurship [market research]




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Contribute to our Community

Georgian is a catalyst for economic development, bringing innovation, opportunity and strong social and cultural benefits to the communities we serve. We have an estimated annual economic impact of $188 million regionally and $306 million provincially. Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC) helps students, as well as owners of new and established small businesses to succeed by providing support and resources in the form of training, networking, funding and mentorship. One success story is Georgian Detailing, an auto care business started by Georgian alumni Nathan Ayrheart and Andrew Burke. They started their enterprise as a way to make money one summer and HBEC helped them grow their business into a full-time operation. At Georgian’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, students and community partners work hand-in-hand to effect social change in our community through innovative projects and research. The Sadlon Health, Wellness and Sciences Centre is home to eight clinics ranging from massage therapy to dental hygiene, and hosts numerous health care clinics open to the public. Students gain valuable hands-on learning experience in state-of-the-art facilities and the clinics help meet the local demand for health care services. More than 8,000 area residents benefit from the affordable care provided by the clinics.

Foster Student Success

Jon Montgomery

Jon Montgomery’s career is a great example of the many pathways Georgian students and alumni can explore to achieve success. As host of the Amazing Race Canada, CTV’s top regularly scheduled TV program in 2013, Jon has become a beloved Canadian icon. His contagious patriotism and dynamic public presence was noticed by the world in 2010 during a now-famous victory walk through Whistler Village after winning the Olympic gold medal in skeleton racing. The car auctioneer/salesman uses his marketing, public speaking and people skills honed during his time at Georgian’s Automotive Business School of Canada at every turn including while appearing on Oprah, the Juno Awards, as a television host, through his many professional speaking engagements and charitable activities. Since 1985, the Automotive Business School of Canada’s one-of-a-kind programs have launched thousands of careers. Be here, and see what you can do.

Tyler Magri

Tyler Magri likes working with his hands. After doing a co-op in high school, he enrolled at Georgian – where he knew he’d get more training and experience. In his second semester in Georgian’s Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills (co-op) program, an instructor encouraged him to compete against other new vocational talent at Skills Ontario. He qualified for the national championships, where he was selected to represent Canada at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in Brazil. According to Tyler, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In 2015, he was honoured with Georgian’s Co-op Student of the Year Award for his work at Barrie Welding. He now enjoys making injection moulds for big car parts. His goal is to become a licensed general machinist. Georgian’s skilled trades program offer hands-on learning designed to develop the skills needed to excel in the workplace. Be here, and see what you can do.

Amber Fournier

Amber Fournier is a proud alumna of Georgian’s Opticianry program. She is passionate about helping people achieve their best possible vision. In addition to her role as managing optician at Loblaw Optical in Sudbury, she runs a mobile business called Northern Low Vision Care to support seniors who can’t leave their homes. She also offers vision screenings in both official languages for children in local schools. For all her community work, the Ontario Optician’s Association recently honoured Amber with the Optician of the Year Award. Amber is also a busy mom with two kids. In her spare time, she coaches her son’s hockey team. Georgian’s public clinics allow students to gain experience in their field before they graduate. Be here, and see what you can do.

Partner with Business and Community


Each fall, 150 students begin studying electrical engineering at Georgian. Our industry partnerships are what differentiate our programs and as such, we are committed to working with Hydro One (as part of the Hydro One College Consortium since 2007), PowerStream (since 2009) and Toronto Hydro (since 2011). These comprehensive partnerships provide our students an industry relevant safety-oriented learning experience. Recognizing the demand for a robust electricity sector workforce, we asked Hydro One, PowerStream and Toronto Hydro, to support the construction of our Centre for Sustainable Technologies which opened in 2009. It is the foundation for expanding our programs and where students and corporate trainees have access to state‐of‐the‐art technology and resources including electrical, automation and robotic labs, geothermal rooms and testing areas. With this facility, we conduct applied research to support innovation within the industry. Our faculty and students work with our partners to identify and solve industry related problems.


Canadian Forces Base Borden is a pillar in Simcoe County, supporting thousands of trainees each year. Georgian serves a parallel purpose supporting thousands of students annually enabling them to achieve their career aspirations and dreams. Both organizations embrace community relations and have worked closely together for decades. Georgian partners with Base Borden, the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association and the Barrie Construction Association, to host the Base Borden Run raising funds for the Operation Hero scholarship which supports dependents or spouses of serving members of the Canadian Forces who are pursuing an education at Georgian. The run has raised more than $163,000 and additional fundraising for Operation Hero has resulted in a total of $1 million raised to date. Eight family members have benefited from full scholarships and another three received full scholarships in December 2015. Annual Remembrance Day ceremonies also provide an extraordinary learning experience for staff and students.

Support Indigenous Students

The Aboriginal Studies department at Georgian has developed and delivered a wide range of programs and services to ensure Aboriginal student retention and success. We currently deliver three Aboriginal-focused programs including our fully accredited two-year Anishnaabemowin Language Programmer diploma program which is the only one of its kind in Ontario. We have Aboriginal Resource Centres (ARC) located on four campuses (Barrie, Midland, Orillia and Owen Sound) The ARCs offer a culturally supportive environment, access to computers, tutors, peer mentors, staff, faculty and our Visiting Elder program. We provide academic and personal counselling services and have Aboriginal student advisors at each campus to help guide students through their academic journey. A number of culturally focused events are delivered throughout the year including craft nights, lunch and learns, potlucks, guest speakers and our annual pow wow. Students are encouraged to take the lead on planning and delivering these events.

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Date modified: 2016-10-26