Northern College Board of Governors Approves Annual Report

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TIMMINS, ON: Northern College’s Board of Governors supported the approval of the College’s Annual Report, which provided a synopsis of the various business plan initiatives undertaken over the past year.

“The Board of Governors would like to congratulate the entire team of Northern College employees for their dedication, hard work and contributions to another very successful year,” said Alan Spacek, Board Chair. “We would also like to sincerely thank our students for choosing Northern College and trusting us to deliver the education and training that will move them along their path to success. Over the course of the year, we embraced many initiatives that have created new options and opportunities for our learners.”

The 2017-2018 Business Plan was guided by the four pillars of the College’s strategic plan. Under the Accessibility Pillar, with a direction to maximize educational access, engagement and choice for all learners in our communities, Northern continued to make significant strides in harnessing information technology with innovative delivery methods to reduce geography, distance and time barriers, thereby enhance learning and making college programs generally more accessible throughout the region.

Under the Signature Programs Pillar, Northern College continued to build its reputation as a world-class provider of selected programs that take advantage of the strengths of each campus while being responsive to the education, training and employer workforce needs of our northern communities.

Initiatives arising from the Northern Experience Pillar saw Northern College continue to help learners achieve their potential by providing unique academic, social and real-world experiences. Northern championed an environment that nurtures continuous improvement and ongoing quality management.

In serving the needs of the Indigenous population through the College’s fourth strategic pillar, Indigenous Perspectives, Northern College continued to engage in meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations and supported the development and success of Indigenous learners by incorporating Indigenous knowledge and worldviews in its programming.

In aspiring to become the college of choice for Indigenous People, Northern implemented strategies from the Northern Policy Institute (NPI) report to raise cultural awareness and sensitivity training to our community at large, created a targeted awareness campaign for Indigenous Education Authorities, and defined Indigenous programming needs.

“Notwithstanding some very remarkable accomplishments during the past year, the forecasted decline in post-secondary direct enrolment in Ontario, those students coming to college directly from high school, continues to drive Northern College to recruit additional students from new markets outside our traditional geographic catchment area with the goal of increasing overall enrolment,” said college President and CEO, Dr. Fred Gibbons. “This year, we developed a resource plan to support the continued growth of International student recruitment that saw a record number of international students register for studies at Northern College.”

The complete 2017-2018 Annual Report and financial statements are available on the Northern College website at

Northern College has four campuses located in Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Haileybury and Moosonee, while also operating six Access Centres along the James Bay Coast and Highway 11 North corridor.


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