The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
On Oct. 14, Justice Minister and Niagara Falls MP Rob Nicholson came to Niagara College, once again bearing gifts. Nicholson was on hand to deliver the promise of $2.2 million in federal funding to create up to 200 six-month student internships.
Nicholson visited the Welland campus alongside Acting President Steve Hudson and Vice-President Academic Sean Kennedy to announce the contribution to the college on behalf of the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario (FedDev).
FedDev’s Graduate Enterprise Internship initiative, according to a statement released by the agency, aims to help recent graduates gain real-world experience by helping to cover some of the wage costs employers incur by taking on paid interns.
“Our government is committed to creating and supporting economic growth in southern Ontario,” said Nicholson. “If an employer takes on an intern and that intern works well for them, there’s a huge likelihood that they will then employ that individual.”
The college plans to offer internships with structured mentoring opportunities in 12 programs including Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film; Game Development; Graphic Design; Photonics Engineering; and Ecosystem Restoration.
“Thank you so much to Mr. Nicholson. This investment on behalf of the government of Canada is truly amazing news for not only the college, but for the region and in particular our students,” said Kennedy.
“This federal investment will provide benefits for both our graduates and local employers,” said Hudson. “The program is, I think, a very successful program that ties together our businesses, our students, our graduates and our economic prosperity.”
According to its website, FedDev Ontario was created as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to support businesses and communities in southern Ontario. Now in the third year of its five-year mandate, the agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a “Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy.”
Earlier in the day, Nicholson was in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake to announce Niagara has been named a Canadian Cultural Centre for 2012, partly to celebrate the bi-centennial of the War of 1812.