ncTakeOff launches at college

Rachel Crane, project manager of ncTakeOff,  speaking at the launch

Rachel Crane, project manager of ncTakeOff, speaking at the launch

Niagara College launched a new initiative that will expand entrepreneurship activities across all of its programs; while increasing student access to experts, mentors, events, and opportunities on campus and in the community
Wednesday marked the official launch of ncTakeOff, led jointly by the college’s business, hospitality, environment, media, trades and technology divisions.
In a release, the college said ncTakeOff will leverage synergies with its research and innovation division, and collaborate with existing resource centres for entrepreneurs in Niagara.
“The spirit of entrepreneurship that exists at Niagara College and across the Niagara region will become stronger than ever with our new entrepreneurship hub that will benefit both students and local businesses. ncTakeOff reflects our college’s commitment to providing unique learning environments directly linked to our regional economy, driven by entrepreneurial thinking,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson.
Shane Malcolm, president of Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council, said in today’s transitioning economy, entrepreneurship is increasingly becoming a path to success for many young people.
“ncTakeOff is making these valuable resources available to our students which supports this ongoing trend,” said Malcolm.
ncTakeOff is funded by Niagara College and the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program. OCEA is an initiative of the Government of Ontario, under the Youth Jobs Strategy, and is managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
“Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased to be able to deliver this project as a trusted partner of the Government of Ontario,” added Tom Corr, DBA, president and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. “I look forward to putting our years of experience in connecting academia and industry, and our on-going support of young entrepreneurs to good use in making this initiative a tremendous success.”
• Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses.
• 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.
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