Northern College and Northlands College Sign Mining Education Agreement

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HAILEYBURY, ON: Northern College and Saskatchewan’s Northlands College have signed an agreement that allows Northlands to deliver the highly reputable Northern College Haileybury School of Mines (HSM) Mining Engineering Technician program.

Representatives from Northlands College, including President and CEO Toby Greschner and Manager of Mine Training Colleen Durocher, travelled to Northern College Haileybury Campus on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 to sign the agreement. They were joined by Northern College Vice President, Academic and Student Success Peter MacLean and Director of Trades, Technology & Applied Research Victoria Hanson.

Northlands College is the largest regional college in Saskatchewan, serving the majority of the northern half of the province. The college has a long history of providing training for the uranium mining industry. By partnering with Northern College, Northlands hopes to make its mining education programs even stronger.

The new agreement is built upon an established relationship between the two colleges. Northlands has delivered the HSM Mining Engineering Technician program in the past, offering enrolment once every two years. The new agreement, which will be valid for seven years, will see six consecutive intakes of first-year students.

“Northlands is very pleased to be partnering with an institution that has a long and successful reputation as one of the premiere mine training institutions not only in the country but in the world,” said Toby Greschner, President of Northlands College.

“The programs available through the Haileybury School of Mines have set the standard not only for Canada, but for the world,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “We’re pleased to be working with Northlands College to increase access to this world-renowned program. These sorts of partnerships lead to success for entire communities.”

Northern College is also working with Queen’s University in order to establish a pathway for qualified Mining Engineering Technician graduates to obtain a university degree. The proposed program would create a pathway for students in rural and remote areas to obtain a Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering degree online, with field school components at the end of each semester.

The HSM Mining Engineering Technician program will continue to be offered at Northern College’s Haileybury, Kirkland Lake and Timmins campuses, via distance education, as well as at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. The program remains Northern’s largest distance education program with students and graduates located around the world.

signing group

Pictured (Left to Right):

Back Row: Victoria Hanson (Director, Trades, Technology & Applied Research at Northern College), Brian Dobbs (Professor, Mining & Instrumentation at Northern College), Sara Munroe (Director, Technology & Learning Innovation at Northern College) , Colleen Durocher (Manager, Mine Training & Research Centre at Northlands College), Gaetan St-Denis (Professor, Mining & Instrumentation at Northern College), Don Hillier (Professor, Mining & Instrumentation at Northern College)

Front Row: Peter MacLean (Vice President, Academic and Student Success of Northern College), Toby Greschner (President & CEO of Northlands College)


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