Algoma U and Northern College working toward expanding access to Timmins and area

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Algoma University and Northern College Leadership Teams Meet to Explore Expanded Programming

Leaders from Algoma University and Northern College met recently as part of a shared commitment to expanding university access in Timmins and surrounding communities.

Discussions built on earlier conversations with officials from the City of Timmins, Northern College, and the findings of the Northern Policy Institute Report, A University for Timmins: Possibilities and Realities, which examined the question of establishing a university presence in Timmins.

The report’s author, Dr. Ken Coates, participated in the joint-planning meeting to share insight on his research, including a discussion on unique post-secondary models of program delivery for designing a future college-university partnership.

Coates encouraged the group to be creative when planning and integrating innovative approaches, such as micro-credentialing with more traditional modes of program delivery.

As part of their deliberations, the team considered existing collaborations between the two institutions, enrolment trends, and labour market information in an effort to assess and prioritize the feasibility of programs for joint development.

Those in attendance agreed that any program development should directly meet the socio-economic needs of the region, including needs identified by the Anishinaabe communities in the area, and should be driven by labour market needs with a focus on career readiness.

Algoma University has successfully offered Social Work and Community Development degree options on the Timmins campus at Northern College for the past eight years.

The institutions will continue the dialogue in consultation with faculty, industry, community partners, and other stakeholders as part of Algoma University and Northern College’s ongoing commitment to expand access to quality post-secondary education in Northern Ontario and beyond.

About Algoma University

Algoma University was established in 1965 and is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Algoma University is a small, undergraduate, teaching-focused university that places an emphasis on serving the needs of Northern Ontario. Algoma University offers a wide range of degrees spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal populations and other communities. Algoma University also offers satellite programming in Brampton and Timmins. For more information, please visit

About Northern College

Founded in 1967, Northern College offers over 75 full- and part-time post-secondary programs at its campuses in Timmins, Haileybury, Kirkland Lake and Moosonee, and is a leader in distance learning delivery. Northern has a mission to ensure quality, accessible education through innovative programs, services and partnerships for the benefit of our northern communities. A successful collaboration with Algoma University has brought university undergraduate education to the Timmins region for much of the past decade. Northern looks to continuing to play a central role in helping expand the breadth of programming within the next couple of years. To learn more about Northern College, visit