Northern and Confederation Collaborative Program Sees First Graduates

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THUNDER BAY, ON: A unique partnership between Northern and Confederation Colleges has hit a milestone achievement today. The first graduating students from the Northern College Haileybury School of Mines Mining Engineering Technician program at Confederation College have accepted their diplomas.

“This is a year of firsts,” said Jim Madder, President of Confederation College. “Firsts for our students and firsts for some of our programs. We made history today. We are extremely proud of our students for reaching this important milestone. We wish them continued success as they move forward into the next phase of their individual journeys.”

The program, which started last fall, is delivered through a blend of online and classroom instruction designed to support student success. Through the use of technology like video conferencing and Blackboard Collaborate, students at Confederation College and Northern College attend lectures simultaneously.

Intended for graduates of Confederation College’s one-year Mining Techniques program, eligible students are able to enter the second year of Northern’s Haileybury School of Mines Mining Engineering Technician program at Confederation College’s Thunder Bay Campus.

“Creating new pathways for students to access our programming ultimately empowers learners through choice,” said Lynn Berthiaume, Director of Student Services, Institutional Research and Registrar at Northern College. “Thanks to our partnership with Confederation College, these students have been able to complete this world-renowned program in their home community. It’s partnerships like this that lead to success not only for our students, but for industry and entire communities.”

The program stems from a pan-northern memorandum of understanding signed by six northern Ontario colleges in late 2012. The agreement was created in part to ensure that residents in northern Ontario have access to college education in their home communities. Joint delivery of programming minimizes the need for students to relocate for schooling. The colleges also agree to share best practices in education, and to work together in serving the North in respect to each college’s unique mandates and strengths.

The Haileybury School of Mines has been in the business of training mining specialists for over 100 years, setting the standard for mining education throughout the world. Northern College delivers the Haileybury School of Mines Mining Engineering Technician program both on campus and through distance education. Northern College is still accepting applications for this September’s intake.


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