Confederation College

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Coordinates: 48°24′10.07″N 89°15′59.98″W / 48.4027972°N 89.2666611°W / 48.4027972; -89.2666611

Confederation College
Confederation College
Established 1967
Endowment 4.7 million
President Jim Madder
Students 21,160
(3,200 full time, 17,960 part time)
Undergraduates available
Postgraduates not available
Location Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban
Sports teams Confederation Thunderhawks
Colors Red and Blue          
Nickname Thunderhawks
Affiliations ACCC, CCAA, CSA, CBIE, CUP, Negahneewin College

Confederation College is a provincially funded college of applied arts and technology located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1967, and has area campuses in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa. The college, with its area campuses, serves an area of approximately 215,000 square kilometres. It is one of two colleges servicing Northwestern Ontario. The press, Opus, is a member of CUP.


Confederation College was founded as a trade school in 1967, during the formation of Ontario’s college system. Air Vice Marshall (ret`d) Douglas Bradshaw was the first president of Confederation College from March 6, 1967 to 1974. His vision of an aviation program in the north was implemented in the College’s Aviation Centre of Excellence. He died on 1/10/1996. In his memory, the Douglas Bradshaw Athletic Achievement Award is presented to a graduating student, having the most improvement in and contribution to athletics and whose quality of spirit and competitive drive contributed to the overall success of the Confederation College Athletic program.[1]


The college offers a full range of programmes and educational services throughout the region, which includes full-time post-secondary programmes, part-time credit and non-credit courses, specialty programmes for business and industry, pre-employment and skills training programmes, apprenticeship programmes and cooperative/workplace training programmes.

Confederation College has 3,200 full-time post-secondary students, 410 apprentices, 550 adult training students and 17,000 part-time & continuing education students.

Thunder Bay campus[edit]

The Thunder Bay campus is home to five campus buildings (Shuniah, Dorion, Neebing, Conmee & McIntyre buildings), with the student residences located in the Sibley Hall Residence. Also present on the Thunder Bay Campus is the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Located at the Thunder Bay International Airport is the college's School of Aviation. The Thunder Bay campus is also home to the Confederation College Student Union offices.

Dryden campus[edit]

The Dryden Campus offers programs in Business, Community Service, Health and Skilled Trades.

Fort Frances campus[edit]

The Confederation College Rainy River District campus located in Fort Frances, Ontario offers a variety of courses to the area of Fort Frances. The campus is located within the Fort Frances Multi-use facility, which also houses Fort Frances High School and the Townshend Theatre.

The Rainy River District campus offers a whole range of full-time and part-time courses ranging from post secondary diploma programs, certificate programs, continuing education courses, and general interest courses.[2]

Geraldton campus[edit]

The Greenstone Campus in Geraldton offers programs in Business, Community Services, College Access, Health and Skilled Trades.

Kenora campus[edit]

The Confederation College Kenora Campus Located in Kenora, Ontario. Offers a wide range of recognized college certificates and diplomas.[3]

Marathon campus[edit]

The Northshore Campus in Marathon offers programs in Business, College Access, Community Services and Health, as well as specialized training in mining and diamond drilling.

Sioux Lookout campus[edit]

The Sioux Lookout Campus offers programs in Business, Health, Community Services and Skilled Trades.


Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology joined Project Hero, a scholarship program cofounded by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members.[4]

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