It may be summer, but Sudbury college a busy place

Tanya Aldred (left) and Sidratu Lafleur (right) are two students in the Personal Support Worker program at Cambrian College this summer. Supplied photo

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Sidratu Lafleur likes the peace and quiet.

Lafleur, who is originally from The Bahamas, is one of about 1,400 students now attending Cambrian College. It may be the height of summer, but the hallways and classrooms are bustling with activity at the college.

In fact, the 1,400 students now enrolled helped set a new enrolment record for Cambrian’s spring semester, the school said in a release.

“When I was doing my research for this program, Cambrian was the first college I found which offered it,” said Lafleur, who is in the second semester of the personal support worker program. “I like being on campus in the spring and summer. It’s quieter and you have easier access to the facilities and faculty.”

Prof. John Allen (right) with second-year student Alex Yeomans of Sudbury at the powerline technician training yard on the main campus of Cambrian College. The program runs year-round. Supplied photo

Tanya Aldred, who is also in the second semester of the personal support worker program, said the summer programs are convenient.

“I began my program in January, and by being here this summer, I can finish quicker and don’t have to wait for the September semester, which is one of the reasons I chose this program,” said Aldred, who is from Greater Sudbury.

About 650 domestic students and 750 international students from 22 countries are enrolled in programs from the schools of Business, Community Services, Creative Arts, Engineering, General Studies, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Law and Justice, and Skilled Trades.

Of those students, about 370 are enrolled in their first semester, in eight different programs.

“We are a truly a 12-month operation now,” said Cambrian College president Bill Best. “Our programs are in demand, and we have moved to a year-round academic calendar to ensure students can pursue their college education, no matter what time of year it is.

“Our faculty and support staff have been amazing at embracing our 12-month model and they are working very hard to ensure our students succeed and are ready for a job market that is looking for skilled workers.”

One of those faculty members is John Allen, a professor in Cambrian’s Powerline Technician program.

“Because our program is based outdoors, It’s nicer weather to teach in, that’s for sure,” said Allen, who also teaches during the winter semester. “It’s a more laid back atmosphere in the summer and easier to get classroom space, and I have more one-on-one time with my students.”

Alex Yeomans of Sudbury, who is a second-year student in the Powerline Technician program, said there other reasons for going to class at this time of year.

“Another advantage to going through the summer is it makes it easier for me to get a co-op placement; I’m not competing with as many students in the semester,” Yeomans said.

For more information about programs at Cambrian College, visit There is still time to apply for classes starting in September.

About Cambrian
Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current.

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