Northern College is working to make emergency relief funds available to full-time post-secondary students on its Timmins, Haileybury, Moosonee and Kirkland Lake campuses starting in May.
These funds will be drawn from the College’s share of the $ 25 million post-secondary education grant announced by the province at the end of last week and increased by Northern’s own contributions to ensure that the amount students receive is enough to make a difference for them.
“We are particularly well equipped and ready to help our learners, our communities and our region manage during times of uncertainty and hardship like this,” said Dr. Fred Gibbons, President and CEO of Northern Middle School. “While we are forced to isolate ourselves and to exercise safe physical distances from each other in the face of this epidemic, we must bear in mind that when we are driven by cooperation, compassion and mutual aid, we are much more likely to endure collectively the challenges we face right now. “
Employers with Shortages Calling the College for Workers, Employment Options Emploi will continue to connect community employers in northern communities with northern students and graduates in specific areas to help meet the growing demand for workers, especially those in social services and health care. and essential community support service areas.
Northern College also actively contributes to the ongoing fight against COVID-19 by working closely with government and community partners to provide resources, housing and supplies to front-line workers where possible.
To the north, the College is converting part of its Moosonee campus into a field hospital in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority to ensure that non-COVID-19 patients have a safe place to stay. heal on the James Bay coast. . This is in addition to hosting 40 vulnerable people in partnership with Living Space on its Timmins campus recently.
“We are pleased to contribute to this ongoing effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Fred Gibbons, President and CEO of Northern College. “Northern College is committed to providing services to these coastal communities and we are pleased to have this opportunity to open the facilities necessary to help ensure the health and well-being of our coastal partners while we are all united in this situation. extraordinary situation. “
The College has also drawn up an inventory of supplies to be redistributed to health care providers that the Ministry of Health will be responsible for paying for the redistribution to meet critical needs. These supplies came primarily from the College’s health care and veterinary technology programs. Another load of supplies was supplied locally to the Porcupine Health Unit earlier this month.
In its new pole of innovation, the College is studying how to help in the effort to provide additional supplies to protect healthcare workers as they fight COVID-19, offering its fleet of 3D printers and others innovative technologies to develop and manufacture essential medical products, protective supplies such as the helmet to ensure the protection of the facial mask used mainly in the field of health care.
“We have the equipment and we are exploring how we can best help in these times,” said Dr. Audrey Penner, vice-president, academic achievement and student at Northern. “We know that our health workers are facing a shortage of critical protective equipment that enables them to fight this virus as safely as possible. Pivoting our main activity of educating learners who are now learning at a distance and re-tooling our innovative research in technology towards the development of PPE (personal protective equipment) will help find solutions to better support this growing demand. “
Northern College will also continue to provide the necessary services remotely to those who need them, ensuring that the resources available to them are used to the best advantage for as many people as possible.
Northern College takes its role as a community partner and contributor seriously, and is proud and pleased to help support the community and its learners at a time of great uncertainty.