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ACCC 2013 Program Excellence Award Toasts Canada’s Only Teaching Brewery at Niagara College

Penticton, BC, June 3, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) today recognized Ontario’s Niagara College with its 2013 Gold Program Excellence Award. 

“The Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management diploma program embodies our conference theme of Ideas Uncorked,” said ACCC President and CEO James Knight. “This innovative program is a hallmark of success in academic programming that has caught the imagination of educational institutions around the world.”

Niagara College worked with the Ontario Craft Brewers Association to develop the two-year program within the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The program combines applied learning in the field with a two acre hop yard, crafting beer in Canada’s only teaching brewery, sales and marketing, working with breweries and budding entrepreneurs in research, and recipe development. Niagara is creating a pan-Canadian program with Olds College in Alberta, which is replicating the program for a launch later this year.

The Silver Award for Program Excellence was presented to Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in Ontario, for its Bachelor of Applied Arts in Music Theatre Performance. The combination of technical skills and unique style has Sheridan graduates lighting up stages across North America.

Centennial College, this year’s Gold Internationalization Excellence Award recipient, also received the Bronze Program Excellence Award for its Global Citizenship & Equity Learning Experiences. The program provides students with opportunities to develop leadership skills and to create positive social change in our interconnected world.

ACCC’s Awards of Excellence recognize and promote excellence in Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics. The awards showcase extraordinary contributions of individuals and programs to their institutions’ success and highlight the role colleges play in social, economic and cultural development.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics, serving 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses in 1,000 urban, rural and remote communities.


For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director, Communications and Information Services
ACCC, Public Affairs
613-746-2222 ext. 3123