George Brown College Foundation

Augmented Education

The George Brown College Foundation, established in 1984, is a separately incorporated registered charity that serves as the primary fundraising vehicle for George Brown College. The Foundation is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors who support the College’s mandate of increasing access to education by raising money to support student success through scholarships, bursaries and awards. Together with the college, we work to advance George Brown’s commitment to excellence in teaching, applied learning and innovation, as well as its commitment to access, diversity and mutual respect. Together with our donors, we work to ensure that no student is denied a post-secondary education at George Brown College because of financial constraints.

Is an addiction and/or mental health history holding you back from a successful career? Then Augmented Education may be the right fit for you! This supported, employment-focused program is offered free of charge and helps individuals with complex mental health challenges and/or addiction histories prepare for, find and maintain employment in either the food service or construction industry.

Augmented Education provides two program streams: the Construction Craft Worker Foundations Program and the Culinary Skills (Preparatory Training) Program. Our programs offer: job focused education and training; industry recognized certification; academic supports and accommodations throughout the program; post-program employment support.

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"The generous support of the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation is an integral part of the success of the Augmented Education Program at George Brown College. This innovative, tuition-free program helps persons with a history of mental health or addiction issues overcome barriers to education and training, and helps them prepare for, find and maintain employment. In particular, AMDF’s support of the Construction Craft Worker stream ensures these students receive the training, equipment, certifications and mentorship needed by each individual in order to succeed in their new careers. The George Brown College Foundation is grateful for the thought-leadership and support AMDF has shown regarding the Augmented Education Program."

Dr. Cindy Gouveia