CNA students receive mining industry financial support

Students in mining-related programs get nearly $100K in scholarships

12/12/2023 2:03:13 PM

CNA student Max Crocker (Heavy Duty Equipment Technician/Truck and Transport Mechanic) accepts his award from Chris Moss, Campus Director in Placentia.

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) student Kadine Darby-Robinson accepts her award from Karen Pottle-Fewer, Campus Director in Labrador West.
STEPHENVILLE, NL – Students in College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) mining-related programs have received nearly $100,000 in financial support through the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR).
MiHR provided its Financial Scholarship Support Program Award to 33 CNA students through its Mining Sector Skills and Solution Strategy for the Clean Economy (M4S) project. The program aims to increase enrolment in mining-related post-secondary programs, with the one-time scholarship providing each student the full cost of tuition and eligible fees for the fall 2023 semester as well as 75 per cent of eligible costs for the winter 2024 semester.

“These scholarships give students peace of mind and enable them to focus on preparing for careers in Newfoundland and Labrador’s growing mining industry,” said Brent Howell, CNA’s Dean of Natural Resources and Industrial Trades. He thanked MiHR for its generous financial support, noting it will “help ensure CNA graduates have the qualifications they need to take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities opening up in the province’s mining sector.”
Students in Happy Valley-Goose Bay accept their awards. Pictured are, from left: Crystal Snelgrove, Electrical instructor; William Dalton, Electrical recipient; Nino Guim, Electrical recipient; Petar Krndija, Campus Director; Ryan Gaulton, HDET recipient; Mike Best, HDET instructor.
Scholarship recipients include students of six mining-related CNA programs: Mining Engineering Technician, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician/Truck and Transport Mechanic, Construction/Industrial Electrician, and Chemical Process Engineering Technology (Co-op).

“The federal government’s funding of M4S through Employment and Social Development Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program (SWSP) demonstrates the importance of mining to the Government of Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy and recognition that the sector is facing a people crisis,” said MiHR’s Executive Director Ryan Montpellier. “The Financial Scholarship Support Program shows students they are supported in mining programs and that they can help Canada be the world leader in safe, sustainable mining.”

MiHR is an independent, non-profit organization that leads collaboration between mining and exploration companies, organized labour, contractors, educational institutions, industry associations, and Indigenous groups with the aim to identify opportunities and address labour challenges facing the industry.

For more information about CNA’s mining-related programs, please visit College of the North Atlantic's Program Guide.

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College of the North Atlantic
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Gallery of Winners

Leah Tobin

Construction/Industrial Electrician - Labrador West

Amanda Short

Construction/Industrial Electrician - Carbonear

Abbigail Hulan

Construction/Industrial Electrican - St. Anthony

Max Crocker

HDET/Truck and Transport Mechanic - Placentia

Alyssa Cornick

Heavy Equipment Operator - Bay St. George

Emma Mae

Mining Engineering Technology - Corner Brook

Joshua Childs

Heavy Equipment Operator - Bay St. George

Lilly Keefe

Mining Engineering Technology - Corner Brook

Christian Kennedy

Heavy Equipment Operator - Placentia

Jaydon Hollingshead

Construction/Industrial Electrican - St. Anthony

Ryan Gaulton

HDET/Truck and Transport Mechanic - HVGB

Kadine Darby-Robinson

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) - Labrador West

Bradley John Myrick

Mining Engineering Technology - Corner Brook

Chelsea Tibbo

HDET/Truck and Transport Mechanic - Bay St. George

Katelyn Hedders

Mining Engineering Technology - Corner Brook

Nickolas Billard

HDET/Truck and Transport Mechanic - Bay St. George

Kassie Cormier

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) - Labrador West

William Dalton & Nino Guim

Construction/Industrial Electrician - HVGB

Dale Kelly

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) - Placentia

Chloe Coates

Construction/Industrial Electrican - St. Anthony

Bronson Reid

Heavy Equipment Operator - Bay St. George

Hailey Blake

Mining Engineering Technology - Corner Brook

Joshua Grace

HDET/Truck and Transport Mechanic - Bay St. George

Tyler Gough

Construction/Industrial Electrican - Carbonear