TIMMINS, ON: From March 3 to March 7, 2014, Northern College will be hosting over 50 students and chaperones from the James Bay communities of Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Moose Factory and Moosonee. The event will give students a preview of the unique programs, services and campus life that the Northern College experience offers.
The five-day itinerary includes a one-day visit to each of Northern’s Haileybury, Kirkland Lake and Timmins campuses. At each campus, the visiting students will be given a tour and an introduction to programs and services. The students will also spend time with Northern College’s campus Elders, and attend traditional ceremonies.
The Timmins Native Friendship Centre will provide the students with dinner and an evening of activities and the visiting students will have free time to explore the communities and learn more about the area.
“This is a wonderful initiative that gives these high-school students a chance to see what we have to offer,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to have these students visit our campuses and see first-hand the quality and variety of educational options we provide. We hope their stay will inspire them pursue post-secondary education, and that Northern will be their college of choice.”
This will be the second consecutive year that Northern College has invited grade 12 students from the James Bay coast for a personal overview of its programs and services. Last year, 28 students and chaperones from the communities of Fort Albany and Kashechewan attended the event. Northern College has created this annual showcase as part of its commitment to increasing access to educational opportunities for Aboriginal peoples.
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