Employers look for real-world experience when hiring new graduates. That’s why George Brown College enables students to learn by doing. In 2013/14, 80 per cent of our qualifying programs offered field education—we plan to boost that to 100 per cent by 2020.
But that’s not all. There are many other ways George Brown students get real-world work experience in their programs, including learning in environments modelled after real workplaces, by developing skills in our public labs and by participating in applied research projects.
Learn in simulated work environments
George Brown’s focus on hands-on learning is bolstered by our state-of-the-art facilities that allow students to develop their skills in labs that are modelled after real workplaces, including:
- ASL (American Sign Language) lab : this recently-renovated lab allows students to practice sign language interpretation with specially-designed computer hardware and software.
- Centre for Construction & Engineering Technologies : features a number of workplace-modelled labs with industry-standard equipment, from tool and die workshops to a computer networking lab.
- The Simulation Centre: Health Sciences students learn in a recreated hospital setting that includes high-fidelity mannequins as patients.
- The School of Design : was developed to mirror the real-world agency and studio environments our design students will experience in the working world.
Develop skills by doing the job
We provide a number of learning labs that resemble real workplaces so you can practice your skills and interact with real clients in a safe and controlled environment.
- The Chefs’ House restaurant provides a fine-dining experience in the heart of downtown Toronto. Chef School students prepare meals and Hospitality students serve. Culinary Arts students also demonstrate their skills for the public at Chef on the Run and The Café.
- Child care centres let Early Childhood Education students work with children and their families at nine locations across the GTA.
- The Green Building Centre offers construction and engineering students a chance to work with industry partners on sustainable building projects.
- Institute for Entrepreneurship and Community Innovation enables business students to work as consultants for real companies, executing projects in teams.
- The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) lets design students work with faculty and industry partners on meaningful projects—with local to global significance.
- WAVE (Wellness, Applied Research and Visionary Education) clinics offer students the opportunity to provide a wide range of affordable dental, hearing and fitness services to the community.
- The Young Centre for the Performing Arts where Theatre Arts students perform for the public in Toronto’s historic Distillery District.
Work with companies to develop new products and practices
Our Research and Innovation Office coordinates projects for students from across the college to develop, test and market innovative products and ideas alongside industry partners. In 2014, we officially opened our Green Building Centre at the Casa Loma campus—a new hub for students and industry to create and test sustainable construction products and practices.