Media Releases

St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) is working collaboratively with Confederation College to meet the growing demand for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Northwestern Ontario.

PSWs help people with the tasks of daily living, such as home management, personal care, family responsibilities, social and recreational activities.  As unregulated healthcare providers, PSWs work under the supervision of Registered Nurses or Registered Practical Nurses in hospital, community and long-term care home settings.

Confederation College is proud to announce that Chief Georjann Morriseau, graduate of the Aboriginal Law and Advocacy program (2009), has won a provincial Premier's Award.

This prestigious award recgonizes the tremendous contributions Ontario's college graduates make to the success of the province and beyond.  The awards gala in which Chief Morriseau was announced as a winner took place on Monday, November 24, 2014 in Toronto.  This year, there were a total of 114 nominees across six categories from Ontario's 24 colleges.

Chief Morriseau was selected as one of two award recipients in the Recent Graduate category.

First-year students in the Business Marketing program at Confederation College will be hosting Enterprise Challenge Market Days next week.  Each day, starting Monday, students will be selling products that they have created by upcycling or repurposing unused materials.   

Proceeds from the week-long sale will be donated to Confederation College’s Emergency St

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

Students from across the city had the opportunity to experience college life and customize their experience based on their programs of interest.  With tours in each of the six schools at Confederation College, students were able to engage in important one-on-one conversations with Program Coordinators and participate in tours of the related areas on campus. 

Confederation College opened the doors to its Centre for Policy in Aboriginal Learning (CPAL) for the first time today.  Community members had the opportunity to meet the CPAL team and learn about CPAL’s mandate, objectives, current initiatives and future directions (see CPAL's backgrounder...).

The first and only college-based Aboriginal education policy and research centre within Canada, the Centre for Policy in Aboriginal Learning provides leadership, advocacy and strategic advisement to Confederation College, community partners, public institutions and government agencies engaged in advancing Aboriginal learning. 

Two Confederation College Thunderhawks Cross Country Runners have qualified to compete at the CCAA (Canadian Colleges Athletic Association) National Cross Country Running Championships this weekend in Calgary, Alberta. 

Gavin Shields and Greg Kilroy each placed in the top 15 overall, of over 120 competitors, at the OCAA (Ontario Colleges Athletic A

FORT FRANCES, ON, October 23, 2014 - Confederation College has partnered with Conestoga College to offer Riverside Health Care the Perinatal Nursing Program for Registered Nurses - Perinatal North.

The Perinatal Nursing (RN) Program is an Ontario College Graduate Certificate program that is designed to embrace and support the knowledge,

September 19, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – Confederation College will be honouring four alumni for their remarkable achievements by presenting each of them with a President’s Award Chief Georjann Morriseau's award was acknowledged at the 19th Annual Community Partners’ Evening on Thursday, September 25, 2014, while Lori Hygaard, Robert Kucheran and Trent Opaloch will receive their awards at a later date.

September 17, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – The Student Union of Confederation College Inc. (SUCCI) hosted its first ever Sustainability Fair today in the Student Lounge of the Thunder Bay Campus. Part of Sustainability Month, the fair was designed to highlight sustainability practices on campus and teach students about the importance of thinking and acting sustainably. 

September 8, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – Confederation College officially opened the Ontario Power Generation BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre (OPG-BLRC) today as part of BioEconomy Week.  Partners, supporters and community members were on hand for the opening and had the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the centre. 

The OPG-BLRC offers opportunities for demonstration, training and applied research related to biomass energy, including fuel quality, emission and combustion efficiency. 

Students from English Language Courses at Confederation College Learn with Volunteer Seniors from the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre

August 21, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – Friday, August 15th saw an exciting end to a unique summer for those learning the English language at Confederation College.  23 international students from across the College’s English language courses, had the opportunity to celebrate the completion of their hard work with a special trip to Silver Islet and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. 

They shared this experience with five senior volunteers from the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre who were part of a new initiative that took the students’ language learning to a new level. 

August 14, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – 27 participants of the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program (FNNRYEP) graduated today at the program’s 15th annual closing ceremonies, which took place in the Spirit Garden at Prince Arthur’s Landing. 

Participants, aged 16-19, earned their graduation certificates after completing six weeks of work and training, designed to expose them to natural resources career paths and help prepare them for post-secondary education in the field.

Enhancing College Enrolment Across Northern Ontario

Ontario Government Supporting Regional Partnership, Creating Jobs

Ontario is helping Northern Ontario's six community colleges market the North as a place to study and find work, thanks to a $3-million Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) investment in Study North, a three-year marketing and recruitment initiative.

Youth Excellence and Continued Education Supported Through “Pimesaywii Apitamahkatwin First Nation Youth Aviation Camp”

July 31, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – 24 students and six chaperones from the First Nation communities of Muskrat Dam, Bearskin Lake, Sandy Lake, Webequie, Fort Severn, Big Trout Lake and Kasabonika were welcomed to the City of Thunder Bay on July 27th for their week long aviation adventure. Designed for First Nations youth between the ages of 13 and 16, this year marks the eighth Pimesaywii Apitamahkatwin First Nation Youth Aviation Camp to take place.  Throughout the course of the week, students have been participating in a multitude of activities from learning about the history of aviation to the anticipated highlight of taking the students to the skies on a sightseeing flight.

July 30, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – Stewardship Youth Rangers were on-site today at Confederation College as part of their three day campus visit to participate in environmental and natural resource sciences workshops.  A total of 30 rangers are learning about natural resource management – benefiting from both theory and hands-on knowledge – and are exploring education and career options in this field.

Career Samplers Program Introduces a Young Engineers, Technologists and Inventors Camp for Youth

July 24, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – Students in grades 6-12 have been participating in week-long Career Samplers offered by Confederation College throughout the month of July.  New to the Career Samplers program, Confederation College is hosting Thunder Bay’s first ever ‘Maker Camp’ called Young Engineers, Technologists and Inventors Camp.

Participants have been working on a series of projects this week that introduce them to the various engineering and technology career paths available to them, plus help promote innovative thinking. 

July 23, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – 30 participants of the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program (FNNRYEP) will be learning about sustainable energy sources as part of their Natural Resources Science Camp training on-site at Confederation College this week. 

A partnership between Outland Camps and Confederation College, FNNRYEP has provided employment and learning opportunities for First Nations youth since 2000.  Since its inception, the program has successfully trained over 325 participants, launching numerous careers in the Natural Resource sector.

July 11, 2014, THUNDER BAY, ON – A partnership between the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Lakehead Public Schools and Confederation College is giving high school students the opportunity to pick up a college credit while also recovering a high school credit. 

THUNDER BAY, ON, June 27, 2014 – Today, Confederation College hosted the official naming ceremony of the BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre (BLRC) at Confederation College.  The centre will now be known as the Ontario Power Generation BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre

OPG has committed to an investment of $500,000 over the course of five years to top up the fundraising to complete the centre. 

June 26, 2014, Thunder Bay, ON - Approximately 18 representatives from language schools in three different provinces are visiting Thunder Bay to learn more about Lakehead University and Confederation College.

The representatives – in Thunder Bay June 26 and 27 – are travelling from Victoria, Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto and Ottawa.

MARATHON, ON, June 24, 2014 – 8 students from the Confederation College Northshore (Marathon), Greenstone (Geraldton) and Wawa Campuses, crossed the stage today at the 2014 Convocation Ceremony, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs.

DRYDEN, ON, June 18, 2014 – 29 students from the Confederation College Dryden Campus crossed the stage today at the 2014 Convocation Ceremony, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs.

This group joins the over 1350 students who are graduating from Confederation College this year from across northwestern Ontario.

THUNDER BAY, ON, June 16, 2014 – Tyler Brown returned Sunday from the Skills Canada National Competition sporting a bronze medal around his neck.  The competition, which took place last week in Toronto, brings together approximately 500 young people from all regions of Canada to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas.

Brown’s medal means he placed third in the Aircraft Maintenance division.  He earned his spot at the competition in early May 2014 when he placed first in the same division at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition that took place in Kitchener/Waterloo.  He is the first student in his program to bring home a provincial gold and also the first to place at the national competition.

PIKANGIKUM, ON, June 17, 2014 – Five students from the two-year Forest Ecosystem Management Technician (FEMT) program at Confederation College crossed the stage today at the 2014 Convocation Ceremony, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs.  The students are part of the Sioux Lookout Campus but were able to study in their home community of Pikangikum First Nation. 

The convocation ceremony recognized that this is the first graduation for a two-year post-secondary program in a First Nation community. 

SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON, June 16, 2014 – Seven students from the Confederation College Sioux Lookout Campus crossed the stage today at the 2014 Convocation Ceremony, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs.

This group joins the over 1350 students who are graduating from Confederation College this year from across northwestern Ontario.

KENORA, ON , June 11, 2014 – 36 students from the Confederation College Lake of the Woods – Kenora Campus and 2 students from the Confederation College Red Lake Campus, crossed the stage today at the 2014 Convocation Ceremony, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs.

This group joins the over 1350 students who are graduating from Confederation

FORT FRANCES, ON , June 10, 2014 – 23 students from the Confederation College Rainy River District Campus - Fort Frances, crossed the stage today at the 2014 Convocation Ceremony, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs.

This group joins the over 1350 students who are graduating from Confederation College this year from across northwestern Ont

THUNDER BAY, ON, June 5, 2014 - 60 graduating Practical Nursing students participated in a traditional pinning ceremony today to celebrate their accomplishments. 

The pinning ceremony has been a long-held graduation tradition which signifies a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession.  In the past 11 years over 750 Confederation College Practical Nursing graduates have been pinned.

THUNDER BAY, ON, June 6, 2014 – Over 1350 graduates received certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas today at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium during Confederation College’s 2014 Convocation ceremonies.

Graduates from the School of Health and Community Services were featured in the morning, while the afternoon ceremony included the School of Aviation (ACE), School of Engineering, Technology and Trades and the School of Business, Hospitality and Media Arts.  Of particular note this year is that 2014 celebrated the first graduating class from the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) Program as well as the first graduating class from the Northern College Haileybury School of Mines Mining Engineering Technician Program at Confederation College.

THUNDER BAY, ON, June 3, 2014 – This year, Confederation College will see nine students graduate from the inaugural year of the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program.  Designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities and other learning challenges, the two-year program proudly boasts 100 per cent student retention for its first class.

Confederation College Students Receive Provincial Award for Hosting Technology Conference in Celebration of National Engineering Month 

Students from the School of Engineering, Technology and Trades at Confederation College were recognized today for their efforts in hosting the 4th Annual Technology Conference and Career Fair, which took place on March 28, 2014.  Matthew Coulombe, Shawna Fletcher, Shannon Loukola, Bradley Romeo and David Wilson represent the first student group to receive the award from the Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) for organizing the best college event tied to National Engineering Month (NEM) ...  

Paul Robitaille to Attend IMPACT! Sustainability Conference in Guelph This Weekend     

THUNDER BAY, ON, May 22, 2014 – Confederation College student, Paul Robitaille, is taking the future into his own hands starting this weekend.  Robitaille was chosen from over 730 applicants across Canada to participate as one of only 175 students in IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership.  The first phase of the program is a conference taking place at the University of Guelph from May 23 to 26, 2014.   

Tyler Brown took home an important win at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition that took place at RIM Park in Kitchener/Waterloo last week.  The competition welcomed over 1,900 participants across more than 60 trade contest areas.  Brown placed first in the Aircraft Maintenance division.  Also competing, was fellow student, Alex Pryor

Brown is the first student from the Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program at Confederation College to bring home a gold.  Graduating from the two-year program this year, Brown was excited to compete and even more excited to bring home a medal.

THUNDER BAY, ON, May 20, 2014 – Today celebrated the start of Tiers 2 and 3 in the Ring of Fire Training Alliance (RoFATA) initiative.  Approximately 60 learners from nine Matawa First Nations communities gathered for the first day of the 12-week Tier 3 programming offered within five pre-trades programs.

THUNDER BAY, ON, May 13, 2014 – On May 13th, over 300 Confederation College faculty and staff participated in professional development focused on supporting and advancing Aboriginal learning.  Hosted by the Negahneewin Education Circle of the college, the two-day conference was launched with keynote speaker, Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle of the University of Toronto, who discussed Aboriginal Education in Canada.

THUNDER BAY, ON, May 5, 2014 –Confederation College staff and students of Motive Power Techniques – Heavy Equipment program gathered today to accept a generous donation of a Toromont Scoop Tram from Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine.  The donation will enhance the practical training students receive for servicing equipment in the mining industry.

Valued at $60,000, the Scoop Tram represents the first piece of mining equipment students will be able to work with on campus.  Now retired, this fully operational piece of equipment is used to load materials underground on mining sites. 

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.

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 ...