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Confederation College’s Jim Madder says local computer programming course in development

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Confederation College President Jim Madder was in Dryden last week for a twice annual visit. Samantha Hawkins

By Samantha Hawkins

Confederation College President, Jim Madder, was in Dryden last week to visit campus and talk to the community.

“Twice a year at least we do community visits and have a chance to meet with people and talk about what the college is doing, and how the community is doing and if we can be better for that community we try as best as possible to do that.” Madder explains.

With the highest employment rate of any college in the province, depending on the program adds Madder, a lot of the college’s success is owed to the fact that they do offer placements for a lot of programs, which not only allow for valuable on-site training, but frequently lead to employment opportunities.

After having developed a two-year mining program in response to the demand in the regions, this year Madder says they are introducing another new program for computer programming.

“We’re going to be delivering a computer program for the first year starting this coming fall in all of our smaller communities, and part of that is that people can work now quite independently as a computer programmer, and so it was a great idea that people came up with.”

Developing a new program from scratch can take two to three years so the introduction of four new programs this January (concurrent disorders, educational support, general arts and sciences and general office administration) plus an upcoming High Risk Driver program, illustrates the hard work and dedication put into the area and education.

“At any one time here (in Dryden) we typically offer about 15 different programs so it has one of our greatest diversity of programs and we have 78 students in those 15 different programs so they often work with each other.”

Working with students within other complimentary programs both on campus and via technology adds a dimension of real-life learning that students may miss in a larger campus and allows them to master the technology needed to advance in our fast-paced society.

So if you’re looking for something to do this winter, get out of the cold and into the classroom, with Confederation College’s new Winter intake programs. For more information on these or any programs, contact the Dryden campus at 223-3035 or visit them on the web at

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