Georgian College

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Coordinates: 44°24′44.29″N 79°39′40.08″W / 44.4123028°N 79.6611333°W / 44.4123028; -79.6611333

Georgian College
Georgian College Logo
Established 1967
Type Public
Religious affiliation non-denominational
President MaryLynn West-Moynes
Students 11,000 full-time 28,000 Continuing Education registrants
Undergraduates available
Postgraduates University Partnership Centre
Location Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Campus urban
Colours blue and green          
Athletics Grizzlies
Mascot Grizzly Growler
Affiliations CCAA, ACCC, AUCC, CBIE

Georgian College is a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, Canada. It has 11,000 full-time and 28,000 part-time students across 7 campuses, the largest being in Barrie. Georgian is one of the fastest growing colleges in Ontario.[citation needed]


The college was established during the formation of Ontario’s college system in 1967. Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology were established on May 21, 1965 when the Ontario system of public colleges was created.


Georgian College offers academic upgrading, apprenticeship training, certificate, diploma, graduate certificate, college degree and university programs in such areas as business and computer studies, transportation studies, engineering technology, design and visual arts, health sciences and human services, hospitality and tourism.

Georgian offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business (Automotive Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (Golf Management)
  • Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) [1]

Its University Partnership Centre is one-of-a-kind in Ontario with university undergraduate and graduate degrees, college degrees and graduate certificate programs and partnerships with select universities. The college has developed approximately 500 articulation and transfer agreements with 47 institutions around the world.

Scholarships & bursaries[edit]

More than 900 awards and scholarships are disbursed to students annually with a combined value of over $700,000. The college joined Project Hero, a scholarship program cofounded by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members.[2]

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal postsecondary participation. Georgian College scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Casino Rama Aboriginal Tourism Award; Casino Rama Tourism Graduate Award; Monague Native Crafts Ltd. Award; Crossworks Manufacturing Native Education Award; Randy Anderson Memorial Award; New VR Award; Janet Stinson Memorial Award; Native Education – Community and Social Development Graduate Award [3]



Georgian College's main campus is located on a 140-acre (57 ha) site on the northeast edge of Barrie.

The Barrie Campus is home to the University Partnership Centre (UPC), which offers numerous bachelor’s and master’s degrees from select universities. The centre has been partnering with universities since 1997 and as of 2011, serves over 2,400 students.

The Barrie Campus is also home to the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness. Opened in 2011, this $65-million, 165,000-square-foot (15,300 m2) facility will allow Georgian to double its current 1,500 health program students to 3,000 and allow students to pursue health and wellness related certificates, diplomas and degrees, including advanced degree programs. It is home to a variety of health care teaching clinics open to the public, as well as leading-edge laboratories, and technology-enhanced classrooms.

Other Georgian Centres of Excellence: Automotive Business School of Canada, Canadian Aviation Institute, Centre for Applied Research and Innovation, Centre for Automotive Parts Expertise, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Georgian College Skilled Trades Centre, Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Justice and Public Safety Institute, and the Ontario Recreational Boating Centre of Excellence.

The Barrie Campus is the only campus that offers a full on-campus residence. The 8-floor residence houses approximately 525 students, which includes 16 live-in residence life staff (15 Resident Attendants and a Manager of Residence Life). There are also two dual bedroom rooms for students with disabilities. During the summer this residence becomes Summer Suites[4] which is a hotel, although a few students remain in the building for summer education.


The Orillia Campus was established in 1969. On-site facilities include a 150-seat theatre, racquetball court, gym and weight room. Approximately 1,800 students pursue studies at the campus.

The programs at the Orillia Campus are primarily in the health sciences and human services field. Other programs include Police Foundations, Law and Security Administration, Child and Youth worker, plus several post-graduate programs.

Owen Sound[edit]

Georgian College campus in Owen Sound as seen from main road

The Owen Sound Campus has 1,100 full-time and 4,600 part-time students.

The most notable feature of the campus is the renovated Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre. The 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) training centre recently underwent an $8.5-million renovation, which makes it the most technologically advanced marine training centre in the country. The GLIMTC will be used to certify professionals already in the marine industry and to train students in the Marine Engineering Technology and Marine Technology-Navigation programs. Graduates from this program have an average annual starting salary of more than $60,000.[5]


The Robbert Hartog Midland Campus is a regional campus of Georgian College, providing education and training opportunities to North Simcoe. It has 710 full-time students with a focus on electrical, mechanical, welding, and plumbing programs.[6]


The Muskoka Campus was established in 1977 and is located in Bracebridge, 100 km (62 mi) north of Barrie. It has 250 full-time and 690 part-time students in program areas such as health care, skilled trades, and business.[7]

South Georgian Bay[edit]

The John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus was established in Collingwood in 1985. It has 250 full-time students and 450 part-time with program areas such as business, administration, and skilled trades.[8]


The Orangeville campus was established in 1988. It has 160 full-time students, nearly 1000 part-time students, and full-time program in nursing & health.[9]

Automotive Business School of Canada[edit]

Georgian College is also home to the Automotive Business School of Canada, the only one of its kind in the country. The school offers diploma courses in Automotive Marketing and Automotive Marketing (Bilingual). In addition to these programs, the school also offers a bachelor degree in Automotive Management. Students hold North America's largest outdoor Auto Show every year with a show date now in June.

Canadian Aviation Institute[edit]

Georgian's three-year Aviation Management Diploma Program is designed to give students knowledge and hands-on experience in Aviation and Management as well as providing students co-operative work experience in the Aviation industry. Students are given the opportunity to pass the examination to receive their Restricted Aeronautical Radio Operation License. Management courses are designed to give students an understanding of management practices and procedures in order to be prepared for future promotional opportunities.

Georgian graduates are employed by NAV CANADA, Lester B. Pearson Airport and the Ministry of Natural Resources and other aviation related companies. Graduates of the Aviation Management Program have landed careers in: Airline Management, Airport Management, Airport Planning, and Flight Dispatch. Government Aviation agencies[citation needed]


A student-run club dedicated to the enrichment of student life; promoting, and creating, a safe and all inclusive environment for the LGBTTIQQ2SA [clarification needed] community at Georgian College. Pride @ Georgian acts as a vehicle for changing awareness through education.

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