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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Northern College holds a gaming contest in the hopes of attracting more students to a new computer programme

Key takeaways:

  • Northern College’s Timmins Campus is hosting a Super Smash Bros. tournament to engage with the community unusually.

The Timmins Campus of Northern College is doing something unusual to interact with the community: it’s sponsoring a Super Smash Bros. tournament with a local gaming organization called ‘Gold Hearted Fighters.’

“It’s a whole new world,” Amanda MacLeod, a Northern College marketing, communications, and external relations coordinator, said. “We’re seeking to expand and go out into the community more and be a part of the areas that we are.”

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These are persons, according to MacLeod, who they wish to notify about the College’s new dual credential program in computer science.

According to one of the program’s coordinators and lecturers, graduates will earn more than a Northern College diploma and an Algoma University degree.

“You’re also getting several different micro-credentials as well, and so what micro-credentials are, they’re digital badges,” Eric Lapajne explained. “Depending on the courses you complete here, you get a digital badge that you can display on social media or share with your employer to show here’s the proof, right.”

Northern College hosts gaming tournament and hopes to attract future  students with a new computer program

A gaming tournament competitor and Northern College computer technician student said there are certain to be others like him who desire a good education without relocating.

“Just looking at different colleges, most of them weren’t as well-regarded or equally well-regarded as the program here, and the journey here was forty minutes, and the drive to other schools was several hours, so it made a lot more sense for me to come here,” Dustin Brousseau said.

In just 3 years of full-time study, students can earn the new computer engineering technician diploma and a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Source: CTV News

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