In March, I traveled north to Air Ronge, Saskatchewan where I had the opportunity to tour the Northlands College Mine School.
Programs offered at Northlands College enable students in Northern Saskatchewan to acquire skills that are in demand in the province and around the globe. Whether you are looking for courses in nursing, mining technology, social services or trades, Northlands College can be your next step towards building a rewarding career.
Northlands College offers programming at three campus centres located in Buffalo Narrows, La Ronge/Air Ronge and Creighton.
The Northlands College Mine School Program is the only program in Canada that offers in-class instruction, giving students the hands-on training they need to prepare for employment in the mining industry — the number one employer in the north. Programs offered at this campus include: Mining Engineering Technician, Civil Technician, and Water Conservation and Managment.
My favourite part of the tour was the simulator —where students get that 'hands-on experience' by manipulating various mining equipment before they actually enter a mine.
"This is the only educational institution in the country that has this kind of simulator to portray underground mining. The goal is to train students with these tools in the classroom that are as good or even better than what they would have in the field. The school is making sure to provide what is best for the students before they enter their field work in mining." - Toby Greschner, President and CEO of Northlands College.
I tried the simulators myself, and I can say after giving it a go, I felt comfortable enough to try it again!
Special thanks to Toby Greschner and to Jamie Chester, Coordinator of Marketing/Public Relations, who gave me a better understanding of what an education at Northlands College can lead to.
Thanks for reading!