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Timmins college teaming up with Blue Heron Environmental for program development

Program to be geared toward mining, forestry
Northern College’s Training Division is partnering with Blue Heron Environmental to offer courses on the latest in environmental testing and regulation techniques. From left are Serena Maki, Blue Heron Environmental training coordinator; Karen Hamel, Northern College training consultant; Candace Fuhringer, Northern College training consultant; and Linda Bryon, director and senior project manager for Blue Heron Environmental. (Supplied photo)

Northern College in Timmins is partnering up with Blue Heron Environmental to develop training programs in the study of environmental awareness.

The Timmins-based environmental firm will be joining Northern’s Training Division in developing a series of programs designed to aid in the study of mining, construction, forestry and manufacturing environmental testing and monitoring.

“These types of partnerships are instrumental in providing quality environmental education that is readily accessible to everyone,” Karen Hamel, training consultant for Northern Training Division, said in an Oct. 15 news release. “Our courses and programs can be offered at any one of our campuses, at the client’s site or in a remote location.” 

This series of environmentally minded programs will provide certification in a variety of sectors including environmental permitting and inspection, surface and groundwater monitoring, spills preparedness, air and noise monitoring, and streamflow measurement. 

“Blue Heron is very excited to be working with Northern College to provide environmental training,” 

Linda Byron, director of Blue Heron Environmental, said in the release.

“Our experienced environmental staff have been providing training to industry and Indigenous clients for 15 years, and we are pleased to be able to expand our services with this new partnership agreement.” 

Through this partnership with Blue Heron, Northern Training Division is able to further diversify the type of training offered to professionals in the north, ensuring that area workers have access to skills upgrading. 

“Northern College is very pleased to be partnering with Blue Heron Environmental on this training initiative as it further expands the range of training services that the college can provide to the resource sector” said college president Dr. Fred Gibbons.