Northern College Common Core Grads Ready to Rock

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TIMMINS, ON: Another round of Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core students from Northern College is ready to rock.

In May of 2011, Northern College teamed up with Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines in an effort to create a training initiative to meet the needs of the community and the on-going demand for highly-skilled miners. Since its inception, the program has graduated 14 students and most have secured employment with Goldcorp.

These graduates leave Northern equipped with a firm understanding of the reality of working underground, current safety training certification, and experience operating mining equipment.

“This program is a perfect example of how industry and educational institutions can work hand-in-hand to address community-based issues and enhance a region’s capacity. The collaborative efforts between Goldcorp and Northern have been effective and the outcome is a tangible example of how we at Northern College live out our vision of success for all through learning and partnerships,” says Bob Mack, Vice-President of Community, Business Development and Employment Services at Northern College.

Northern College, through its Haileybury School of Mines and the college’s industry focused Apprenticeship, Community and Corporate Training division, has a long and successful history of educating and training graduates for the mining sector by creating flexible educational opportunities for learners and customized training for employers, business and industry.

The 12-week Common Core program is a mandatory program for all underground miners in Ontario with courses such as drilling, mucking, blasting, scaling, rock-bolting, slushing, tramming, timbering, and ventilation. The next intake for the Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program is set for October, 2012.


Media Contact:
Karen Hamel
Apprenticeship, Community and Corporate Training Assistant
Northern College
(705) 235-3211 ext. 2270