Cambrian College


A leading Canadian institution of applied arts and technology, Cambrian College offers a comprehensive curriculum to more than 4,200 full-time and 9,000 part-time students.

Based in Greater Sudbury, Cambrian is recognized for its broad spectrum of educational programming that provides students with the knowledge and skills to join the workforce. Among English-speaking colleges in Ontario, Cambrian offers the smallest average class sizes and the highest number of full-time faculty, providing a more accessible, student-focused approach toward education.

Students flock to Cambrian’s Mining Engineering program, which is among the College’s most distinctive program offerings, because it is one of few nationally-certified Mining programs in Canada. Sylvia Barnard, President of Cambrian College, told The Canadian Business Journal, “The mining sector, while very broad globally, is made up of just a few players, and we have very strong relationships and credibility with many international mining companies.”

Another hallmark of Cambrian College is its health sciences programming. The College is well known for its traditional healthcare programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Cambrian is regarded as a destination for students with a desire to learn about healthcare diagnostics, studying areas such as medical radiation technology, magnetic resonance imaging, and medical laboratory technology.

Cambrian offers more than 80 full-time programs, including distinctive program options that are not widely available at other post-secondary institutions across the province. These diverse programs match industry needs, and that is a major reason why students continue to make Cambrian College their post-secondary school of choice.

Meeting Mature Learners’ Needs

Cambrian College recognizes the changing needs of its students and has responded with flexible learning options to meet demands. Flex Learning offers a blend of in-class and online learning options. It’s a dynamic that allows Cambrian College to offer a pathway to a more accessible education. Some diploma programs and graduate certificates are available completely online. In some cases, students choose a mix of delivery methods, making post-secondary education more accessible and affordable.

Adult learners, including Second Career students who have tapped into an Ontario government initiative that supports programming and tuition funding for adult learners seeking workforce re-training, make up a significant portion of Cambrian College’s student population. In fact, 60 per cent of Cambrian College students are 21 years or older, and the average student is 27 years old.

“Mature learners represent a large segment of our student population, and it is part of the reason why we have introduced a new online delivery method for a number of our programs,” Barnard commented. Increasingly, mature students who are retraining or upgrading their skills and certifications “want to access their education virtually after their kids are in bed.”

The Cambrian Choice

Cambrian College offers an attractive setting for a post-secondary education. Students enjoy the smaller city atmosphere of Greater Sudbury that has all the amenities and student life of a major urban centre, but also the quality of life and recreational access of a small town. Greater Sudbury offers a variety of natural and urban lifestyle opportunities where students feel free, safe, and comfortable.

Further recruiting students to Cambrian offers a vital connection with industry. With many of its programs linked to industry through co-ops, placements, apprenticeships or internships, Cambrian College offers a multi-faceted learning environment that engages students through classroom study and practical first-hand experiences.

Training in the skilled trades in particular is in high demand, and Cambrian College is responding to this industry need. Additionally, Cambrian College has launched new programs aimed at industry-forward ‘green collar’ careers – geared toward environmental sustainability. On campus, the new Xstrata Nickel Sustainable Energy Centre houses Cambrian College’s School of Renewable Energy and Environmental Studies and its signature programs in Energy Systems Technology and Environmental Monitoring and Remediation.

The Sustainable Energy Centre is also home to research laboratories where students and faculty partner with small- and medium-sized enterprises to conduct cutting-edge applied research projects involving green energy, and beyond. “All of our research is done in partnership with industry,” Barnard explained.

“Sustainable energy and environmental studies are pivotal for Cambrian as we move forward. These are areas of growth in Canada, with our traditional natural resource base. Now, we’re looking at how we can harness technology in different ways, applying it to reduce energy consumption and lead to the development of greener industries.”

Opening its doors in 1967, Cambrian College now looks back on its 45-year history and its evolution over the years. Through it all, Cambrian College has continued to offer post-secondary educational programming that is responsive to student and industry needs.

Barnard concluded, “We’ve built pathways for each of our programs so that students have that next step.”