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Northern Colleges Work Together to Expand Access to Programs

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Northern Colleges Work Together to Expand Access to Programs

Ontario is supporting the six northern colleges to design and deliver shared programs. Working together, colleges will be able to share resources. This collaboration will also allow students to earn their credentials by taking courses delivered by other partner institutions. This will help expand student access to in-demand programs and ensure the long-term financial stability of the colleges. The collaboration will include areas such as IT, program scheduling, curriculum generation and registration functions.


“Collège Boréal is happy to work with other colleges in Northern Ontario to explore various options in order to increase access to postsecondary education in their territory. Sharing expertise and best practices will, without a doubt, benefit students for years to come.”

Pierre Riopel

President of Collège Boréal

“Expanding access to high-quality programs and training opportunities will support student success and economic development across the region. At Cambrian, we are pleased to strengthen the unique collaboration that we have with our sister northern colleges. This partnership creates customizable learning opportunities for students and provides them with skills that match the needs of business and industry.”

Bill Best

President of Cambrian College

“Our six northern colleges serve vast geographical areas and must respond to regional education and training needs. We have some very unique challenges in comparison to the rest of the province, but they are common among us. The program collaboration allows us to draw upon our own areas of expertise and pool resources in order to improve access to a quality college education for northerners and their families.”

George Burton

President and CEO of Canadore College

“The Northern Colleges Collaborative Programming Project is a significant development for northern Ontario, because it creates more options for students looking to study in their home communities. By colleges sharing in the delivery of specified programming, we are making what would otherwise be low-enrolment programs more sustainable throughout the north while simultaneously reducing overall costs. It’s truly a win-win for everyone involved.”

Fred Gibbons

President of Northern College

“Sault College has established ongoing collaborative relationships to explore new opportunities and innovative partnerships to address unique labour market and educational needs in the North. Northern Ontario Colleges share similar socio-geo-economic characteristics and the Northern Colleges Collaborative Programming Project aims to enhance the scope of learning opportunities and supports to residents and communities of this region. The student-focused initiative will help contribute to the development of the North and improve the student experience, while realizing the objectives of a new vision for postsecondary education. Sault College is proud to partner with our fellow northern colleges in this way.”

Dr. Ron Common

President of Sault College

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