Vale and Cambrian College announced today that Vale has contributed $500,000 to the College to fund outreach, recruitment, and educational initiatives aimed at supporting Aboriginal students in their exploration of and transition into postsecondary programs.
“Cambrian’s Aboriginal outreach programming will enable the College to reach a greater number of potential students in their home communities and bring interested participants to Cambrian to experience college life. This project will increase access to postsecondary education in a manner never before accomplished,” said John Pollesel, Vice-President, Production Services and Support, Canada/UK Operations and General Manager, Ontario Operations for Vale.
“This initiative supports Cambrian’s continued leadership in Aboriginal education in the North,” said Sylvia Barnard, President of Cambrian College. “There are so many opportunities for Aboriginal people to benefit from the jobs waiting to be filled in the growing mining industry across the North. Cambrian’s outreach programs will create pathways to postsecondary education that will assist Aboriginal learners to meet the mining industry’s labour force demands now and in the future.”
“Vale (formerly Inco) and Cambrian boast a partnership of more than 42 years,” continued Barnard. “It is a partnership that has been beneficial to both Vale and its employees and to Cambrian and its students. We thank the company for their continued support over the years, and we especially thank them today for their outstanding generosity and support of an initiative that will benefit so many across Northern Ontario.”
Vale recently made a gift of $2 million to fund a mobile trades training trailer, developed by Cambrian as a way to take classroom education to those who find it difficult to come to classrooms in Sudbury. The trailer is, in essence, a high-tech skilled trades laboratory on wheels that anchors in outlying communities for several months at a time to provide a valuable learning experience for those who live in these areas. It was recently deployed in Kirkland Lake where it was used to train apprentices from the Matachewan Aboriginal Access to Training for Mining Jobs Strategy (MAATS).
Vale is the second largest diversified metals and mining company in the world, the world’s largest producer of iron ore, and the world’s second largest producer of nickel. Vale also produces manganese, ferroalloys, thermal and coking coal, bauxite, alumina, aluminum, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, potash and kaolin. Vale is the largest private sector company in Latin America with a market capitalization of around US$150 billion and more than 500,000 shareholders on all continents.
About Cambrian College
For 42 years, Cambrian College has been providing business and industry with workplace-ready employees...has been contributing significantly to the economic success of our community. In those 42 years, Cambrian has grown from 184 students in 7 programs to over 14,000 students, 4,500 of whom study full-time in 80 programs and 9,500 of whom access one or more of the College’s 900 part-time continuing education programs, courses, seminars, customized training packages, and distance education opportunities. Cambrian has provided global workplaces with over 45,000 graduates who enjoy an overall employer satisfaction rate of 91 percent.
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Manager Corporate Affairs
Vale, Ontario Operations
Associate Vice President, College Advancement