Northern College Recognizes Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core Graduates

Northern College News and Events

Friday, January 6, 2017

TIMMINS, ON: Northern College held a ceremony for the recent graduating class from the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program today at 9 a.m. at the Timmins Campus. Six students completed the 12-week training program, offered in partnership with Glencore’s Kidd Operations, through the Northern School of Hard Rock Mining.

The Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program, delivered by Northern College at the Kidd Operations 2400 training level in Timmins, provides high skills training and hands-on experience in a live production mine for people in the region. The skills acquired through this modular training program will provide the participants with increased employment opportunities in the mining sector.

“This excellent program offered through our collaborative partnership with Glencore’s Kidd Operations provides students with the specific skills and knowledge required to enter and succeed in the mining industry,” said Christine Heavens, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services of Northern College. “Our students benefit tremendously from the hands-on training provided in a real working environment.”

Pictured (Left to right): Front row: Robert Bluebird, Jennifer Boyce, Devin Frisson – Back row: Luc Godin, Riley Ferguson, Joshua McCann

Successful graduates are now equipped to work effectively and safely in the mining sector as a Hard Rock Miner. Topics covered in the modular training program include staging, rock bolting, scaling, lock and tagging, blasting, mucking, and drilling.

Representatives from Glencore’s Kidd Operations attended the ceremony, including Steve Badenhorst, General Manager, Jim Belanger, Manager Human Resources, Alan Chow, Senior Training and Security Supervisor, Dan Roy, Training Advisor, and Real Frappier, Underground Trainer.

For more information about the program, or to enroll in the next intake, contact Northern Training Division, by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 2174 or by email at


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