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Confederation opens new Marathon college campus

College creates a ‘store-front’ presence on Superior’s north shore
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Confederation College's refurbished Marathon campus (Confederation College Facebook photo)

Thunder Bay’s Confederation College cut the ribbon on its relocated and refurbished Northshore campus in Marathon.

The 3,400-square-foot space on Ontario Street contains classrooms, a computer lab and a student lounge.

“The space has been completely renovated and is very modern,” said Sandra Turner, the college’s director of the Rainy River District and Eastern Campuses, in a June 19 news release.

“Both staff and students have expressed their appreciation for the new space, especially in relation to the new equipment and furniture. It quickly became not only the centre of educational pursuits, but also the home of many student-led events focused on health, wellness and fun. I know it will be the setting for many incredible memories to come for our students, staff and community.”

The move and renovations involved Christian Mechanical, J-Technology Solutions, Jason Young Contracting, Joe Lecours, Two Dogs Contracting, Al Zawadski and Contact North, the college’s longstanding tech partner.

The move physically separates the campus from Marathon High School, but college insists their strong ties remain with the Superior-Greenstone District School Board to involve students in dual-credit programming.

“The move to a ‘store-front’ location has already proven to support our goal of being more visible and accessible for our students, prospective students, partners and community,” said college president Kathleen Lynch in a statement.

The Thunder Bay-based college has other satellite campuses in Kenora, Red Lake, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Fort Frances, Geraldton and Wawa.