Northern College Holds Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core Graduation

Northern College News and Events

Date Posted: October 14, 2016

TIMMINS, ON: Northern College was pleased to celebrate with students who graduated from the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program today at 9 a.m. at the Timmins Campus. The 12-week training program, offered in partnership with Glencore’s Kidd Operations and through the Northern School of Hard Rock Mining, was completed by five students.

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


Pictured (Left to right): Karen Blouin, Donald Degagner, Matthew Harper, Andrew Cook, and Derek MacKenzie

“This excellent program offered through our collaborative partnership with Glencore’s Kidd Operations prepares graduates to enter and succeed in the mining industry,” said Christine Heavens, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services of Northern College. “This type of partnership benefits our students, the industry, and the broader community.”

Successful graduates are now prepared with the knowledge and skills to work effectively and safely in the mining industry 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 Alain 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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