New college partnership will offer mining program
A new partnership between Confederation College and Northern College will allow students studying at Confederation College in Thunder Bay to extend their education in mining.
The agreement between the two colleges allows Confederation College to deliver the esteemed Northern College Haileybury School of Mines (HSM) programming at its Thunder Bay campus.
Graduates of Confederation’s Mining Techniques certificate program will now be able to directly enter the HSM Mining Engineering Technician diploma program at Confederation College.
Fred Gibbons, president of Northern College, believes that the training will help to drive the economy.
“As exploration activities surge in northwestern Ontario, mining is quickly becoming a dominant economic driver,” said Gibbons.
“In order to meet the future workforce requirements of the rapidly growing mining sector, Northern and Confederation explored the possibility of making the HSM Mining Engineering Technician diploma program available in the region.”
The newly created partnership will meet the needs of students and the community by offering local access to mining education, Gibbons said.
“The idea has become a reality and because of this partnership, we are able to offer local access to mining education at the Ontario College Engineering Technician level,” said Gibbons.
“By providing advanced, accessible and flexible learning options, both colleges are better able to meet the needs of our students, local employers and the communities we serve.”
Mining Industry Human Resources Council reports indicate that over the next 10 years, the mining industry in northwestern Ontario will need over 6,700 workers.
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