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Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology

A Cambrian education is the total package. Based in Sudbury, Ontario, Cambrian College offers practical, hands-on experience in every program, a vibrant campus life, and support services that help ensure success. Students also benefit from expert faculty who are connected to business and industry, and an employer satisfaction rating that puts Cambrian graduates in high demand. In its 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, the College identified a single strategic priority: continuous access to flexible and customizable learning experiences. To achieve this priority, Cambrian is guided by a new vision for the future, captured in three simple, yet motivating words: imagine, inspire, innovate. Cambrian has always put the student experience first. The College first opened its doors in Sudbury, Ontario, in 1967. Nearly 50 years and 50,000 alumni later, it’s the largest college in northern Ontario, and a leader in postsecondary education. Cambrian has campuses in Sudbury, Little Current, and Espanola, where more than 4,000 students are enrolled in more than 80 full-time programs. Cambrian also serves part-time students and offers additional opportunities to learn in the classroom and online through Continuing Education and corporate training. A global destination for education, Cambrian is host and home to international students from dozens of countries such as China, India, Bangladesh, Spain, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Cambrian’s Canadian students also find opportunities to study abroad through co-op and placement experiences in Europe, China, and the United States.

At Cambrian, the student experience is closely tied to employer and industry expectations. College programs, courses and delivery methods are subject to regular review and renewal. Representatives from business and industry act as program advisors to help ensure that students gain experience with approaches, processes, techniques, and technology in order to prepare them for future careers. Critical thinking, teamwork, and personal skills are also honed through every program. Nearly every career requires up-to-date postsecondary training or recent certification, and community colleges like Cambrian serve as both a gateway and a “finishing school.” Now more than ever, many students, parents, and employers also see benefits in combining both college and university studies. Cambrian has hundreds of agreements with universities in Canada and around the world that enable students to bolster their education and career opportunities for less cost and in a shorter period of time. The agreements are just another example of the flexibility that Cambrian presents to students who expect a personalized learning experience.

Fast Facts

  • Cambrian College’s Strategic Plan is focused on one strategic priority: continuous access to flexible and customizable learning experiences. The College’s strategic vision is captured in three words: imagine, inspire, innovate. Learn More

  • Cambrian College scored above-average in the 2016-17 Key Performance Indicator survey. Scores demonstrate high levels of student satisfaction in knowledge and skills, learning experiences, and graduate satisfaction. Learn More

  • Eighty-two percent of Cambrian College graduates find employment within six months of graduation – another strong showing that is consistent with provincial results. Learn More

  • Since 2005, Cambrian students earned 41 provincial and 10 national medals in Skills competitions. This demonstrates the highcalibre teaching and learning experience offered across a variety of programs. Learn More

  • Through its Foundation, the College distributes more than $600,000 each year in student scholarships and bursaries, reducing and even eliminating financial barriers to postsecondary education. Learn More

Our research specialization:

  • Mining innovation
  • Environmental Monitoring and Remediation
  • Health Sciences
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Psycho-Educational Assessments for Post-Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities




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Contribute to our Community

Cambrian College is a renowned destination for quality education, training, and research. An engine for economic development in northern Ontario, Cambrian partners with business, industry and the community to set strategies and maintain programs and services that support the educational needs of our students and the workforce requirements of their future employers. The College also leads and supports initiatives that encourage innovation and economic development through educational collaborations, including the Study North initiative, and through industry-driven partnerships and applied research projects.

Cambrian’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan includes a single strategic priority: to provide continuous access to flexible and customizable learning experiences. The College makes postsecondary education more accessible in many ways. Through the Cambrian College Foundation, the College distributes more than $600,000 annually in student scholarships and bursaries, reducing and even eliminating financial barriers to postsecondary education.

Cambrian’s growing alumni family includes 55,000+ graduates. Our alumni contribute to the social and economic fabric of their respective communities, and many of them give back to their alma mater by participating in College initiatives as employers, professors, industry representatives, mentors, and through traditional philanthropic and volunteer initiatives.

Foster Student Success

Yves Dalcourt

Yves Dalcourt, a graduate of Cambrian’s Business – Marketing program, is President of Miele Canada, which is the world leader in the field of premium domestic appliances including cooking, baking and steam-cooking appliances, refrigeration products coffee makers, dishwashers and laundry and floor care products. Dalcourt is responsible for leading all of the strategic growth and development for the Canadian market. The company motto is “Immer Besser” (forever better) and Yves promotes innovation and continuous improvement across all aspects of the business. With the motto “Immer Besser” (forever better), Yves promotes innovation and continuous improvement across all aspects of the business.

Andrew Knapp

Andrew Knapp, a graduate of Cambrian’s Graphic Design program, is a renowned designer, photographer, and a founder of Sudbury’s “Up Here” music and arts festival. Knapp is on tour promoting his third Find Momo book, which is based on his adorable and world-famous border collie, Momo. Knapp and Momo are exploring the United States from Kansas to Colorado, enjoying the open road in his famous yellow Volkswagen van.

Paul Ricker

Paul Ricker entered Cambrian’s Mining Engineering Technology program after earning a bachelor of engineering in communications technology and a college certificate in computer security. He wanted to feed his desire to combine his smarts with active and dynamic challenges. “What interested me about mining is that it’s hands-on; you can see it and put your hands on it – you can go underground. You’re not necessarily stuck in an office for eight hours a day, looking at a screen.” Ricker landed a full-time job with an engineering firm after graduating in 2014. Less than a year later, Ricker obtained a new position in Manitoba as a mine survey technician and then became a mine planner. In 2017, he returned to Ontario to work as a Mine Design Technologist with Barrick Gold in Hemlo.

Partner with Business and Community


Cambrian College benefits from a strong partnership with the Infrastructure, Health & Safety Association (IHSA). Thanks to this partnership, Cambrian produces exceptional graduates through its co-op diploma and apprenticeship programs, including Powerline Technician, Electrical Engineering Technology, Power Engineering Technology, and Industrial Mechanic-Millwright Technician. In 2006, Cambrian was first in Ontario to launch a Powerline Technician co-op diploma apprenticeship training program. In 2016-17, Powerline students participated in more than 60 co-op opportunities with 35 employers. In 2014, Cambrian partnered with the IHSA and Gezhtoojig Employment & Training, a regional First Nations employment and training agency, to deliver a Line Crew Ground Support (LCGS) training program. By the end of 2017, more than 100 young people will have completed the program, which has an exceptionally high job placement rate; approximately 80 percent of these Indigenous graduates find work in the electricity industry. A number of LCGS graduates have become Powerline Technician apprentices.


Cambrian College and the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, as represented by Chief Edward Steve Miller and Council, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2016 that serves as a framework for strengthening the College’s and the First Nation’s working relationship working relationship; addressing the educational needs of the First Nation; and promoting Indigenous culture at the College. The partnership’s goal is to improve the quality of life of community members in and around the unceded Anishnaabe territory through the delivery of postsecondary education and training that supports the creation of a productive, inclusive and self-sufficient community. Learn More

Support Indigenous Students

Approximately 900 students at Cambrian self-identify as Indigenous. Cambrian has made tremendous strides in the past year as a

result of empowering its staff and students to implement its 2015-2019 Strategic Plan objectives aimed at enhancing services,

programs, processes, facilities, supports, and knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people. Staff and faculty are

continuously engaged in deepening their cultural understanding to enhance the student experience and to reduce barriers to

Indigenous access to education. Significant new partnerships are re-shaping the future of the College, its students, graduates,

and employees. On campus, Indigenous students benefit from cultural, academic, personal and financial advising, delivered

through the Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services, to support their success at Cambrian.

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Date modified: 2017-07-31