Confederation and Northern College students will have access to two geographic information systems (GIS) programming offered through Fleming College in Peterborough.
The GIS – Applications Specialist and GIS – Cartographic Specialist programs are full-time, ten-month, post-graduate programs traditionally offered at Fleming’s Frost Campus in Lindsay.
“GIS is used extensively throughout northwestern Ontario in a variety of sectors including natural resources and health care,” said Confederation president Jim Madder in a March 27 release. “This partnership allows students from northwestern Ontario to enroll in this excellent program right here at home and gain new skills that employers are looking for.”
Using web conferencing technology, the students will participate in the program synchronously with their classmates in Lindsay.
“This initiative involves bringing opportunities to students rather than requiring students to relocate. It is part of the future of education and I am proud to work with Confederation to make it happen,” said Fleming College president Tony Tilly.
“The mining exploration and forestry industries, two cornerstones of our local communities, require individuals with specialized GIS training,” said Fred Gibbons, Northern College president. “Fleming has a very strong reputation in this area of study. It was natural for us to build upon our previously established partnership with Fleming to create a pathway for students in northern Ontario to access this best-in-class post-secondary training.”