Post-secondary options for locals expanding

Published: November 23, 2016


Confederation College continues to expand its programming options in the area to fit local students needs.

President Jim Madder was in Red Lake last week talking to industry stakeholders and praised a joint credit program initiated with the Red Lake District High School that has two students enrolled in mining courses and one in wellness for the winter term.

Madder met with representatives from social, employment and health services as well as natural resources and mining sectors on Nov. 16 in an effort he says to assess programming demands.

“When people think about us they may think about 10 or 12 programs… but if they were interested in a program and it is not on our list we have the capability to deliver up to 28 programs,” said Madder in an interview prior to the lunch hour session.

Currently there are five post-secondary students in Red Lake that add to the 400 enrolled overall at smaller campuses. Madder says it’s those campuses that deliver on the institution’s commitment to foster Access and Success.

“Access is about geography. It is about where people are in terms of their literacy and numeracy and giving people as much choice as we can in terms of programming. Often people are home bound. They have other responsibilities, they have kids to take care of and jobs in one location that they can’t pick up and move somewhere else…as much as we can we deliver programs to people through the small campus and although they can take the programs from their own homes, people want to get out of their homes.”

Confederation College established its Red Lake Campus in 2011. Madder described enrollment at the local campus as “irregular” pointing to programs like practical nursing and support worker program that started out strong but have seen a decrease. He expects enrollment to increase with the launch of the one-year mining program, which is partnered with Northern College in Hailbury, ON.

“You can start two years here and what a great community to walk down that road of mining,” he added.

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