Six Northern Ontario colleges receive $3.6M from province to expand program access

For years the region’s colleges have been in competition to attract students. But now, with rising costs and slowing enrollment, they’re realizing they need to work together to serve Northern Ontario. The province is contributing $3.6 million over three years to the six colleges to enhance collaborative partnerships and improve access to education opportunities across the region. The six schools, which are Confederation College, College Boreal, Cambrian College, Canadore College, Northern College and Sault College, are also investing a total of $1.2 million over the three years into the partnership. Confederation College president Jim Madder said the collaboration allows each of the six schools to ensure the sustainability of some of their course offerings. “We have some third-year programs we don’t have a huge number of students in that we don’t want to lose,” Madder said following the funding announcement, which was held on Friday at Confederation College.

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