The Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, commonly known as Humber College, was founded in 1967. Humber is a publicly funded college in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Humber has three main campuses, Humber North campus, Lakeshore campus, and Humber Orangeville campus.
Humber College offers the following degrees:
Humber also provides academic advisors and resources, such as a career finder. Most of Humber's programs contain a practical experimental component to them, such as an internship, Co-op, or field placement.
Beyond this, Humber College also provides Bridging (or Bridge Training) Programs for internationally trained professionals in the fields of engineering and information technology. These Bridging Programs include:
Humber serves 25,000 full-time and 57,000 part-time learners.
Humber was established in 1967 under its founding President, Gordon Wragg. The first new section of Humber College opened on Monday September 11, 1967 at James S. Bell Elementary School, a public school on Lake Shore Boulevard West. The Lakeshore Campus began with the addition of the manpower retraining programs on Queen Elizabeth Way in Etobicoke. In November 1968, North Campus was officially opened by Mayor E. A. Horton of Etobicoke and Mayor Jack Moulton of York. In the early 1970s, student enrollment was rapidly increasing which led Humber to expand its business and technology programs at both the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Humber College had the largest group of business students in the province. Three year co-op programs were developed in the early 1970s in a range of technology and business programs.  Humber became Canada's largest college with over 27,000 full-time and 50,000 part-time learners.
By the early 1980s Humber was developing new programs to respond to business and industry demands by focusing on flexibility in class schedules, including a weekend College. Its skill-based training courses included self-paced programming and, along with Holland College in Prince Edward Island, became one of the National Centers for industry driven DACUM curriculum. Humber introduced flexible manufacturing and was a pioneer in introducing computer applications in technology programs. Lakeshore Campus, at its new permanent location on the lakeshore, was the first college to introduce a solar technology program to respond to the needs of that growing industry of the time. Humber had a large international outreach program, working in over 20 countries. With the assistance of ADB, the Government of Canada (CIDA), it developed the largest international program of all of the Canadian colleges by 1987, introducing the concept of responsive tertiary education to countries throughout Africa and Asia.
In 1983 the campus was used for filming of the first Police Academy film, which was released the following year.
After the mid-1980s, the college concentrated more on arts and applied arts programs and refocused its energy on internal processes rather than program innovation and on local rather than national or international activities. It is an Ontario Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Humber College had a Queensway Campus at 56 Queen Elizabeth Boulevard, Toronto.
Located in northwest Toronto (formerly Etobicoke), the Humber North Campus has approximately 20,000 full-time and 57,000 part-time students, 1,000 of them living in residence. The campus includes University of Guelph-Humber, with a collaborative university-college partnership between the University of Guelph and Humber College.
Located behind Humber College's North Campus, the Humber Arboretum consists of botanical gardens and natural areas surrounding the Humber River. This unique site is home to the Carolinian bioregion, the most diverse ecosystem in Canada, and boasts over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The Humber Arboretum covers approximately 250 acres (101 ha) of the West Humber River Valley between Highway 27 and the 427, and is easily accessed from Humber College Blvd.
The Arboretum is one of the resources of Humber College. It provides faculty and students with an outdoor classroom and living laboratory at their disposal for research, innovation, hands-on projects, and applied work experience. The Arboretum is also linked with programs and services college-wide.
The Humber Arboretum was originally started by Humber College horticulture students in 1977. Its purpose is to facilitate research and education, establish and maintain plant collections, promote conservation and restoration practices, and provide a visitor experience.
The Centre for Urban Ecology, located in the Humber Arboretum, provides educational programming focused on urban ecology. It also serves as a venue for meetings, conferences, weddings, and special events.
Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, at Kipling and Lake Shore Blvd. W, Humber's Lakeshore campus located in New Toronto has approximately 7,200 full-time students, with 400 living in residence. The Lakeshore Campus sits on the large grounds of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and Lakeshore Teachers College, in the west-end New Toronto neighbourhood of Toronto (formerly Etobicoke). When leased by Humber College, the college vowed to keep the historical site in good condition and enhance its park-like setting as an asset to the Southern Etobicoke community. The campus now consists of a number of cottage buildings and the more modern and now renovated Lakeshore Teachers College facilities that were extensively re-worked in the early 1980s. The L-Building was opened in 2011 at the Lakeshore Campus, as an addition to the cottages located around it. In May 2013 artist Harley Valentine's sculpture Persephone, after the mythic Greek queen of the underworld, was installed in the front plaza of the L-Building. There are ongoing rumours that the B building is haunted by three ghosts.
The Business School at Humber offers more areas of study and specialized choices than any other business school in Ontario, including a wide range of diploma, degree and postgraduate programs for the future business professional in areas such as international business, healthcare management, accounting, fashion management, finance, human resources and marketing.
Humber's Orangeville campus is at the Alder Street Recreation Complex, Orangeville, Ontario. It offers six fully functional and wireless classrooms, a student commons/computer lab, as well as an on-site fitness centre with swimming pool, two hockey rinks, a library, a food court and a restaurant.
The Orangeville Campus currently offers programming in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Police Foundations, and Social Service Worker (SSW). New programs for 2014 included Fitness and Health Promotion and Tourism Management. Additional full-time programming were to be added in 2015 and beyond.
In 1968 Humber formally joined the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA). Humber started with just four varsity programs and endured the growing pains of a young athletic program. Since then the department has blossomed into one of the most dominant, not only in Ontario but in the nation. Humber has grown from four to twenty varsity teams, competing in every sport that the OCAA offers. The Hawks now have a men's and women's team in basketball, volleyball, outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, rugby, baseball/fastball, golf, badminton, cross country and curling.
Humber also contains one of the college system's campus recreation programs. Campus Rec, as it is widely known, offers intramural and extramural teams as well as a number of off-campus events. Intramurals are on-campus leagues where students of various skill levels compete in sports ranging from soccer to ice hockey. Extramurals are competitive club teams formed at each college that compete against each other in a tournament league format. Campus Rec has recently introduced off-campus events where students can participate in leisurely excursions. These include mountain biking, skiing, curling, horseback riding, rock climbing, beach volleyball and the Time for War fitness course.
The fitness programs at Humber's North and Lakeshore Campuses offer students, faculty and community members a number of ways to stay fit and lead an active and healthy lifestyle. After a major renovation in 2010 the North Campus fitness area has become one of the area's finest. The facility has an aerobic studio, weight and cardio rooms, saunas, ping pong tables, showers, lockers and washrooms. Certified personal trainers are available to build programs, give guidance throughout workouts and help build nutritional guides. There are over 16 different classes offered ranging from extremely strenuous to light stretching depending on personal fitness level.
Ignite, previously known as the Humber Students' Federation club (HSF), is a sanctioned group of active and enthusiastic students who want to engage and share their passion or hobby with the students of Humber and Guelph-Humber. Clubs must be social, cultural or interest-based. Some of the clubs that were sanctioned for the 2013-2014 school year included Beyond the Rainbow, Dance Company, Liberals Club, Good Deeds Club, Embassy Christian Community, Table Tops Gaming Club, Ministry of Magic Club, and the Vietnamese Students' Association.
The overall purpose of Ignite is to meet new people who share the same interests and to enrich the post-secondary experience of Humber and Guelph-Humber students.
Humber College offers residences for students at the North and Lakeshore Campuses. The North Residence is located by the Humber Arboretum and features three interlinked buildings with both single and suite-style rooms. The Lakeshore Residence is located west of downtown Toronto and offers suite-style rooms. Both residences offer themed floors which include extended quiet floors, single gender floors and Living and Learning Communities.[clarification needed] Additional amenities include study rooms, a community kitchen that can be used for group cooking, exercise room (North only), recreational space and laundry facilities.
Humber's Residence Department also provides students with access to an online database of off-campus rental accommodations near both the Lakeshore and North campuses.
IGNITE, formerly the Humber Students' Federation, is the official student government representing the full-time students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber. The elected students of IGNITE are members of key Humber committees to ensure that students are properly represented during all major discussions and decisions.
IGNITE hosts events and contests throughout the year. The organization also offers services for students including a flexible health and dental plan, bursaries, study spaces, a food bank and student employment.
Part-time jobs may be available on campus in departments and areas such as computer labs, student residence, peer tutoring, athletics, library, campus tours, and academic offices.
Humber Research focuses on collaborative, applied research initiatives that create experiential learning opportunities for Humber students. The Research Office facilitates internally and externally funded projects throughout all schools and programs.
Humber College has recently received funding to build an outdoor learning lab and naturalized play environment at one of its campus child care centres. The living lab will provide students and faculty in programs such as Early Childhood Education, Health and Fitness, and Sustainable Technology, with the opportunity to engage in meaningful studies of children's play and learning in a naturalized environment.
This centre is home to Humber TV, Radio Humber and all newspaper, magazine and web production. Humber is the only GTA College with a CRTC campus instructional license and fully operational radio station, Radio Humber FM 96.9.
The old Lakeshore Lions Arena at 300 Birmingham Street is now home to Humber's Arts and Media Studio, and opened in 2010. The site is part of the Lakeshore Campus site.
In 2005, the school launched a show called Distinguished Artists on TVOntario, produced by students in the School of Creative & Performing Arts. In the 2005–06 school year, Humber added new bachelor's degrees in Contemporary Music, Creative Advertising, and Interior Design. The four-year Creative Advertising program is the only such degree in Canada.
On 25 January 2006, the French ambassador to Canada Daniel Jouanneau visited the North and Lakeshore campuses of Humber College. Jouanneau and school officials suggested the program might eventually be extended to the culinary arts and media-related programs, such as journalism.
On February 2, 2009, Humber College students became the first to contact an astronaut in orbit using an apparatus they built and operated. They made contact with Sandra Magnus at the International Space Station from a lab room at the school's Rexdale campus.
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