George Brown College opened its doors in 1968, welcoming just over 2,000 students. In addition to programs in construction, early childhood education, dental services, and the culinary arts – subjects they continue to teach – George Brown once offered programs that might not be quite as relevant today, like signwriting or watchmaking. Believe it or not, they even prepared students for careers at sea through a marine engineering program. Since then, the student population has grown to over 30,000. People come to George Brown from across the Greater Toronto Area, the country and the world to develop the skills and gain the real-world experience needed to succeed in the workplace. Since 2004, under current President Anne Sado’s leadership, George Brown has more than doubled in size, broadened their international partnerships, and increased their commitment to strengthening the cultural, economic, and social fabric of Toronto.
Studying in downtown Toronto, students will live, learn and work in the heart of Canada’s biggest, most diverse economy. George Brown offers more than 160 career-focused certificates, diploma, postgraduate and degree programs – one of the widest ranges of full-time college programs in Canada. Most of their programs have a field education component which gives students a valuable opportunity to work and learn with industry partners who may even one day become their future employer.
Casa Loma Campus is home to the following George Brown College academic centers and schools:
Centre for Construction & Engineering Technologies: Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management; School of Apprenticeship & Skilled Trades; School of Architectural Studies; School of Mechanical Engineering Technologies
Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies: School of Liberal Arts & Sciences; School of Work & College Preparation
Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology: School of Computer Technology; School of Fashion & Jewellery; School of Media & Performing Arts
Why George Brown College – Casa Loma
Campus life: Meet new people, build networks and get involved with: ATHLETICS & RECREATION: Varsity sports, fitness centres and classes, drop-in sports and organized leagues; ENACTUS GEORGE BROWN: A volunteer entrepreneurial group that strives to improve local communities; PEERCONNECT: A student support service that runs activities, events, wellness initiatives and workshops; STUDENT CLUBS: More than 50 clubs based on field of study, personal interests and social movements; STUDENT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (SLA): A student group that provides leadership training and volunteer opportunities; STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE (SAGBC): A student organization – with an elected board of directors – that provides services and runs events
Location: Love the city life? Want to study in downtown Toronto? George Brown College’s location gives students access to top employers for field education and networking opportunities. It also means they’ll get to enjoy other perks of going to school downtown, including being close to great cafes, restaurants, shopping, and Toronto attractions. The three campuses — Casa Loma, St. James and Waterfront — are all easily accessible by public transit and surrounded by bike lanes as part of Toronto’s cycling network.