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Representatives from TD Bank Group were on hand today to present the Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre of Confederation College with $100,000 to support a unique biomass heating research study. The funding will provide a much needed boost for the first phase of the project. 

At the April Board Meeting, held on Tuesday, April 8, in Savant Lake, Trustees approved a new capital project for Red Lake District High School (RLDHS).


The joint project between the KPDSB and Confederation College will capitalize on underutilized space in RLDHS to house Confederation College’s programs in the Red Lake area. An area of the school will be renovated to include a separate entrance and classroom spaces for the college’s operations. Both RLDHS and Confederation College will have opportunities to share learning spaces with one another.

Today, the Let’s Talk Science outreach program at Confederation College was proud to host the 5th Annual Aboriginal Science Fair. Aboriginal students in grades 8 to 12 from across the region were on-site to showcase projects, solutions and innovations with direct Aboriginal content.

The Student Union of Confederation College Inc. (SUCCI) hosted its Annual Recreation & Athletics Awards Banquet on April 8, 2014.  The banquet recognized the accomplishments of local and regional athletes, coaches and recreation participants ... 

The Engineering Technology Student Club hosted the 4th Annual Technology Conference and Career Fair today at Confederation College.  The theme of this student-led initiative, “Make a World of Difference”, celebrated National Engineering Month by enabling students to network with their peers and professionals in the technology industry.       &n

Peterborough, ON - (March 27, 2014) – An innovative partnership between Confederation College and Fleming College will allow students in Thunder Bay to access Fleming’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs in their own community ...

Makers and Innovators in northwestern Ontario, will be manufacturing products more efficiently and timely due to a collaborative project called Mi-Zone. The lead partners of this initiative, the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, Kam Valley Industries and Confederation College are pleased to connect sophisticated equipment and technology with the talents and resources located in northwestern Ontario. MI-Zone is more than the equipment located in the space at the College, it includes other collaborative resources, equipment and talent. Businesses such as Rudnicki Industrial, Optum Engineering and Dingwells North America are part of this collaborative effort. The College also has a wide range of complimentary resources to help support makers and innovators ...

When you fly over northwestern Ontario where there is almost as much water as land, having to ditch in a lake or river is a very real possibility. That’s why students in Confederation College’s Aviation Flight Management program will be taking “dunker” training this weekend at the Lakehead University C.J.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) process for the location of our summer float plane training operations is complete, and Confederation College is pleased to announce that River Air in Kenora will be the host site for at least the next 5 years.

The City of Kenora made the announcement in Kenora on March 18th and Paul de Oude, Chair, School of Aviation and Jerry Selby, Associate Dean, School of Aviation, were there to take part in the celebration ...

Launched in the fall of 2012, the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program at Confederation College was designed to offer students with special needs an opportunity to develop vocational abilities in a number of career related, supervised field placement experiences. 

Since its launch in 2012, it was soon realized that the program had quickly outgrown the original classroom space. Through the generous support of the community, a significant investment was made and a new dedicated classroom was created in 2013 to house the program. The new, vibrant, open concept space features specialized technology and software, and quiet study spaces designed to meet the needs of students ...

The Confederation College Dryden Campus is happy to report that 27 out of their 50 full-time post-secondary students have achieved first class standing in the fall 2013 semester.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of all of our students at the Dryden Campus,” says Angelina Anderson, Director of the Dryden Campus.

Confederation College held its annual Inter-professional Education (IPE) Day on March 5th, which allowed approximately 400 students from its School of Health and Community Services cluster to learn more about allied professions. 

“Patient care is improved when health professionals work together in a collaborative team environment,” said Bryanna Scott, Academic Manager of the School of Health and Community Services.  “Teaching students how to work together as a team helps them create those bonds early. IPE Day is an important part of that teaching experience” ... 

On Wednesday evening, 255 Confederation College students received 318 awards totalling $120,450.00  at the annual Awards Recognition Reception.

Confederation College students were recognized for their academic achievement and community involvement.

Partnership between key health educators will pool resources, improve student learning opportunities, and ultimately lead to better patient care

Thunder Bay (January 24, 2014) – A major new partnership between key health care educators in the region aims to pool resources and increase training capacity – as well as student access – to training simulations for medical learners of all disciplines throughout northwestern Ontario, ultimately leading to better patient care...

Confederation College joins Hydro One’s College Consortium.   

THUNDER BAY, January 22, 2014  – Today, Hydro One announced funding for new outreach and pre-trade programs with Confederation College that will be designed to provide training to students interested in applying to a trade in the electrical utility sector. The $750,000 investment will focus on youth and First Nations and Métis communities, and in conjunction with Northern College, the program will help build local trades capacity across Northern Ontario...

Through donations, product sales and department competitions, the students and staff at Confederation College have raised $58,827 in support of the United Way and “Stock the Bank”, an internal campaign in support of the emergency student food bank at the college.

The United Way provides financial support to 29 local agencies making it possible for them to offer 64 diverse human service

Confederation College celebrated and recognized the accomplishments of 150 students from its Academic Upgrading program today with a formal ceremony.

Confederation College’s facilities, labs, shops and classrooms were filled with 430 local grade 11 and 12 high school students today as part of the College Open House.

Students from across the city had the opportunity to experience college life and have important one-on-one conversations with the coordinators of their programs of interest ...

Confederation College is proud to announce that Ramesh Ferris, Social Service Worker program graduate (2001), won a provincial Premier’s Award at a ceremony in Toronto on November 18, 2013. 

This prestigious award for graduates of Ontario's Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology honours the important social and economic contribution that college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world. In total, there were 119 nominees in six categories from Ontario’s 24 colleges for this year’s awards. 

Ramesh was selected as the award recipient in the Community Service category. 

Ramesh is one of the most influential polio activists in the world, committed to eradicating the disease by 2018 ...

Over 160 alumni members from the Confederation College’s Aviation Flight Management program gathered in Thunder Bay from November 8 - 10 for a reunion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the program.

Alumni members from across Canada were in for the event, including Canadian Air Forces pilot Captain Andrew Eckhardt (2007) who flew in on a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet.

Construction Techniques students from Confederation College are helping EcoSuperior Environmental Programs transform an old house into a resource centre for green building. The students are taking part in demolition work to make way for green features such as additional insulation and water efficiency upgrades...

Pictured: Christine Nielsen (back row, centre), CEO of CSMLS, shared the benefits of the College’s MLA program accreditation with the 2013-14 students. 

The Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) program at Confederation College has received a two-year accreditation from the Canadian Medical Association.    

A two-year accreditation acknowledges that the program has met national educational standards and ...

Reporters and members of the public seeking to find local college experts on everything from tree identification to microbiology and dental care can find a full range of sources thanks to an online tool produced by Ontario’s 24 public colleges. 

The College Book of Experts – – provides users with the names of faculty experts from across Ontario, including Confederation College...

Last fall, many stakeholders across the region and in Thunder Bay provided input to update the College’s 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.

Jim Madder, Confederation College President, will be visiting Dryden and Red Lake to share the College’s Board approved Strategic Plan with the communities.

Confederation College is launching a new speaker series for its students, faculty, staff and members of the public.

In just nine weeks, Confederation College’s Ryan Hall was transformed from a 30+ year old cafeteria and dining hall into a premier servery, dining and socializing space.

Confederation College and Lakehead Public Schools helped local high school students picture their future at a fun and exciting event on October 15th.

Students of Confederation College’s pre-service firefighter education and training program will be teaching elementary school students about fire safety as part of Fire Prevention Week.

Photo (l-r):  Professor Gordon Van Fleet, President Jim Madder, Janet Arinobu, Manager of Quality Assurance, Regional Workforce Development, and Don Bernosky, Vice President, Regional Workforce Development sign a new agreement for the Management and Delivery of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre Mobile Training Unit Program

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Lakehead University and Confederation College will be hosting an information session on the community based collaborative Bachelor of Science Nursing Program offered in the region this fall.

Interested persons can attend via videoconference on:

DATE:              Tuesday, October 8, 2013   &n

Three Confederation College Alumni to be Honoured

Three very special people are being recognized by Confederation College this year with first-ever President’s Awards for alumni members.

Canadian standup comedian James Cunningham has performed across Canada and the United States, as well as in many other parts of the world.

In keeping with this theme, Confederation College is at the “go” stage of the new academic school year, welcoming new and returning students from Thunder Bay and region, Ontario, Canada and several international countries.

The quiet at the college campus was suddenly changed to commotion over the Labour Day weekend ...

A luncheon was held in Rumours Dining Room at Confederation College to present three students with the Noront Resources Mikawaa Scholarship.

Marlene Shewaybick from Webequie First Nation, Holly Mendowegan from Aroland First Nation and Glen Wabasse from Webequie First Nation were each presented with scholarships. These students will be continuing their education at Confederation College this fall with Holly and Marlene registering in the Forest Ecosystem Management program and Glen registering in the Business Fundamentals program...

The Ring of Fire Aboriginal Training Alliance (RoFATA) is pleased to announce that it is receiving over $5.9-million from the Government of Canada’s Skills and Partnership Fund to provide training for employment in the mining sector for the people of Matawa First Nations.

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    Nine specialized training and six pre-trade courses are being made available to Matawa First Nations members, with many delivered in their First Nation communities and others locally in Thunder Bay...

    Northern College - Confederation College

    TIMMINS, ON: Northern College and Confederation College in Thunder Bay are collaborating to broaden educational opportunities and facilitate workforce development in northwestern Ontario.

    A new twist to summer school has boosted high school student attendance this summer. In order to revitalize interest in summer school, the Thunder Bay District Catholic School Board partnered with Confederation College to provide the students an opportunity to pick up a college credit in addition to recovering their high school credit.

    Titled Summer C.L.A.S.S.

    The Lake of the Woods Campus of Confederation College hosted a successful fundraising golf tournament with proceeds over $6,000.

    The tournament began with a shot gun start at 1:00 p.m. with 16 teams participating. A putting tournament was also held. The golfing was followed by dinner, awards and auctions.

    14 students from the Confederation College Greenstone campus in Geraldton, crossed the stage today at the 2013 Convocation Ceremony, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs.

    The students graduated from Native Child & Family Services, Business – Accounting, Business - Human Resources, Office Administration – General and Pre-Health Sciences programs.

    10 students from the Northshore and Wawa Campuses crossed the stage today in Marathon at the 2013 Convocation Ceremony, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs.

    The students graduated from Business - Accounting, Business - Human Resources, Office Administration - General, Early Childhood Education, and Personal Support Worker programs.

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