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Northern College receives funding for mining research

Northern College’s Innovation Hub expanding its ability to coordinate and support new applied research projects by creating a new technology development position
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NORTHERN COLLEGE
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Northern College is pleased to announce recent Federal Government investment in Mining Research.

Northern College is one of 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country receiving over $73 million in total funding which is part of the Federal Government’s larger Canadian Science Vision program, which aims to invest more than $10 billion in science and research.

200 thousand dollars will be invested in Northern College’s Innovation Hub expanding its ability to coordinate and support new applied research projects by creating a new technology development position.

“I believe that improving the availability, efficacy, and functionality of mining technologies will benefit our catchment area by creating jobs, improving workplace safety, and helping businesses realize efficiencies in their markets,” stated Amy McKillip, Manager, Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northern College. “This, in turn, will help local and regional companies become more sustainable and competitive in the global mining marketplace.”

McKillip maintains that funding initiatives like this help to attract students to schools like Northern, offering them opportunity to further their learning through experiential opportunities to work with the relevant industry. This perspective is one that is shared by the Federal Government.

“Our government is committed to returning science and research to their rightful place. We’re investing in students and small- to medium-sized businesses so they can work together on a diverse range of research projects to boost economic development and create jobs across the country,” stated the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. “With these projects, colleges, cégeps and polytechnics will be making a real difference in the lives of Canadians in their own communities.”

Northern College applauds the Federal Government’s focus on innovation and research at the institutional level, allowing Colleges the opportunity to provide students with a learning environment that better fosters the creativity and imagination that will fuel the next wave of industry progress and innovation.

“What makes college graduates stand out is their unique combination of education and experiential learning, often acquired through participation in applied research projects. Students working with industry partners to solve reral-world problems spark creativity and innovation,” stated Fred Gibbons, President and CEO of Northern College. “This brings added value to the industry partner while building essential workplace skills in our students.”

Given that the mining industry forms such a major component of the economy in our region the creation of this new position will help advance innovation and technology development with the college’s industry partners.

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