Northern and Fleming Colleges Partner to Offer GIS Programs in Timmins

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TIMMINS, ON: An innovative partnership between Northern College and Fleming College will allow students in Timmins to access Fleming’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs in their own community. The collaboration aims to minimize geographic barriers and enhance access for students seeking post-graduate education in this in-demand field.

The GIS – Applications Specialist and GIS – Cartographic Specialist programs are full-time, ten-month, graduate certificate programs traditionally offered at Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Frost Campus in Lindsay. Starting this September, these programs will be available at Northern College Timmins Campus. The Fleming College GIS – Applications Specialist and Fleming College GIS – Cartographic Specialist programs at Timmins will be delivered by Fleming faculty via on-site distance learning.

“The mining exploration and forestry industries, two cornerstones of our local communities, require individuals with specialized GIS training,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “Fleming has a very strong reputation in this area of study. It was natural for us to build upon our previously established partnership with Fleming to create a pathway for students in northern Ontario to access this best-in-class post-secondary training.”

Using leading-edge web conferencing technology, students at Northern and Fleming will participate in these programs synchronously. Students studying at Northern will attend classes with their peers at Fleming’s Frost Campus, receiving instruction from Fleming faculty.

“This initiative involves bringing opportunities to students rather than requiring students to relocate. It is part of the future of education and I am proud to work with Northern to make it happen,” said Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College.

Within the agreement:
• Students apply through OCAS to Fleming with tuition and fees paid to Fleming.
• Northern will provide teaching space, including labs and equipment.
• Both institutions will provide information technology support to ensure delivery of distance courses.
• Students will participate in a one-week field camp in southern Ontario that brings students from all sites together with their faculty.
• Students will have access to Northern’s student support services and will be members of the Northern College Student Association.
• Students will be able to use campus facilities, will be issued Northern student identification cards, and will have access to student health plans.
• Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will earn a Fleming College graduate certificate.

The Fleming-Northern partnership is part of a larger articulation agreement in which Fleming’s GIS programs will also be offered at Confederation College’s Thunder Bay campus.

About Northern College
Northern College offers over 75 full and part-time post-secondary programs through its Schools of Business and Office Administration, Community Services, Engineering Technology and Trades, Health Sciences and Emergency Services, Veterinary Sciences and Welding Engineering Technology. Northern has campuses in Haileybury, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee and Timmins. Northern College is best known for its five signature programs, Electrical Engineering Technician, Haileybury School of Mines Mining Engineering Technician, Practical Nursing, Veterinary Technician, and Welding Engineering Technology.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Community Development and Health, Continuing Education, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Science, Justice and Business, and Skilled Trades and Technology. Fleming College has more than 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 65,000 alumni.


Media Contacts:

Crystal Bresson
Northern College
Manager, Marketing and Communications
705.235.3211 ext. 2253

Laura Copeland
Fleming College
Communications Officer
705.749.5530 ext. 1370