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Collège Boréal planning a residence to meet Timmins campus demands as student enrolment growing

By Len Gillis

 Collège Boréal is looking to entice young people from across Northeastern Ontario in a bid to expand the enrolment at the Timmins campus.

 

That’s why more than 130 high school students are spending two days in the city to see what the college

has to offer in the way of career education and training.

 

It’s also one of the reasons why Collège Boréal has plans for creating a residence for out of town students.

 

This is a career camp. We have high school students here from Longlac to New Liskeard and everything

in between. So we have Kapuskasing, Hearst, Cochrane for example, with students from Grades

10, 11 and 12,” said campus director, J.P. Nadon.

 

He added that the students are given the opportunity to look at various courses, from carpentry to culinary,

from heavy equipment work to nursing, from electrical to millwrighting, just to name a few.

 

He said the goal of the exercise is to let students discover the sorts of things they might be interested in as

a career and then see if those courses are what they expect and and if they are ready to make it into a a real life job in the years ahead.

 

Nadon said it’s not always easy for students, especially those who are only 16 or 17 years of age. Many

have no idea what they want to do in life, he said. On the other hand, he said some students are more focused than others.

 

We have dozens of people who know exactly what they want to do,” he added.

 

Another side of the coin is that many employers have a huge demand for qualified people in the industrial

trades and that means employment opportunities are greater.

 

Enrolment is growing. We have grown 20 per cent from 2012 to 2013,” said Nadon.

And for 2014 we anticipate more growth of about 25 per cent. So that’s very encouraging.”

 

Nadon said the Timmins campus on Theriault Boulevard is well equipped to handle extra students.

Nadon also said that the Timmins campus will soon be making an announcement with respect to student

housing.

 

We have partnered with a private individual and he has a facility with a full floor that is designated for

Boréal and by September we should be able to accommodate a minimum of eight students, plus, depending on the demand,” said Nadon.

 

He added that the Timmins campus offers more courses than Boréal sites in other Northern communities,

yet it is not far from home.

 

So it will be a great opportunity for those students to come and stay close to their families and be

able to pursue their education,” said Nadon.


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