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Friday, April 11, 2008
Three colleges came together today via video conference to sign an agreement that will provide greater opportunities for students to prepare for careers in the vibrant and growing minerals industry.The presidents of Confederation College (Thunder Bay), Cambrian College (Sudbury), and Northern College (Timmins), signed the college-to-college transfer agreement to create linkages among the three colleges and to promote transferability of mining credits earned at each institution.
According to the three presidents, the agreement is designed to provide maximum educational opportunities for students and to address the minerals industry’s demand for skilled workers.
“With the current levels of mining activity we are enjoying in Ontario, it is essential that we have a qualified workforce to supply the industry with the talent it needs,” said Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines. “This agreement will help to ensure that the mining industry will have access to that workforce now and into the future.”
Through the agreement, graduates of any one of the three colleges will receive full recognition of prior credit from a partner college. Graduates of Confederation College’s new one-year Mining Certificate program starting this September, will be eligible to transfer into the second year of the Mining Engineering Technician programs at Northern and Cambrian. Graduates of the two-year Mining Engineering Technician program at Northern College will be eligible to transfer to the three-year Mining Engineering Technology program at Cambrian College.
“This agreement,” said Cambrian College President Sylvia Barnard “builds on the strengths of the three northern colleges that deliver education for the minerals industry. By collaborating on an education continuum, we are ensuring broader access to a career in this vital industry.”
“The ability to transfer learned skills to another level of education provides students with the opportunity to pursue their personal career choices,” said Confederation College President Patricia Lang. “Confederation College is proud to be a part of a significant initiative providing our collective learners with quality education, including the establishment of our new Mining Techniques program.”
“Colleges in the north know that collaboration is key to helping our communities prosper. Northern College is pleased to share the expertise of the Haileybury School of Mines and looks forward to establishing even more pathways to even more programs offered by our sister colleges,” said Northern College President Michael Hill.
Presidents Hill, Lang, and Barnard agreed that this collaboration was an important one. “We have a responsibility as educators and economic drivers to work together for our students, communities and employers. The development of this educational and career pathway is timely and progressive,” they concurred.
For more information, view the Mining Agreement Backgrounder (PDF).
For further information contact:
(705) 566-8101, extension 7622
Thunder Bay, Ontario
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