CHAPLEAU, ON - Northern College celebrated with students who graduated from the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 5. Eight students completed the 17-week training program, offered in partnership with Goldcorp- Porcupine Gold Mines’ Borden Project. All graduates from the program are from the Chapleau area.
The modular training program was delivered onsite at the Borden mine site located east of Chapleau, with all curriculum and instructors provided by Northern College. The program provides first-hand experience gained by embedding students into Goldcorp’s operational crews and following production schedules. Acquiring these skills through this program provides the participants with increased employment opportunities in the mining sector.
“Having this excellent program offered in partnership with PGM’s Borden mine prepares graduates to enter and succeed in the mining sector,” said Christine Heavens, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services of Northern College. “These partnerships not only benefit our students, but also the mining sector, and the broader community.”
Successful graduates are now prepared with the knowledge and skills to work effectively and safely in the mining industry as a Hard Rock Miner. Topics covered in the modular training program included staging, rock bolting, scaling, lock and tagging, blasting, mucking, and drilling.
Graduates are currently employed by Dumas Contracting in the actual mine environment and being mentored to attain higher skill sets. Dumas is performing mine development operations in preparation for bulk sample extraction work at the Borden mine site.
Representatives from Goldcorp, Dumas and Northern College attended the ceremony.
For more information about the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program, contact Northern Training Division, by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 2174, or by email at email@example.com.