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Lambton College

As a post-secondary leader in education, training and research, Lambton College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. In addition to a significant rise in full-time enrolment, the college also provides skills training to hundreds of apprenticeship students and is home to an extensive international student body. With an expanding roster of 90 diploma, certificate and degree programs, Lambton College offers students a diverse range of flexible learning options, including a broad selection of programs that incorporate elements of classroom, mobile, hybrid and accelerated educational alternatives. As a pioneer in Mobile Learning, Lambton College’s exclusive Class+ Experience is changing the landscape of learning with students using their iPad as a tool to access resources like eTexts, software, learning management systems, and apps both inside and outside of the classroom.

Lambton College has a reputation for training skilled and talented graduates for various industries and continuously works to align programs and training with the evolving needs of employers. Located in the heart of Sarnia-Lambton’s booming energy sector, Lambton College’s world-class Centres of Excellence are renowned for their ability to deliver relevant, career-focused education to support growing demands in the areas of Energy & Bio-Industrial Technology, and Fire & Public Safety.

Fast Facts

  • Lambton College recently launched a Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies focusing on Education, Training, and Applied Research, making the college a North American leader in this area.
  • According to Research Infosource Inc. annual list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, Lambton College currently sits 11th overall in the national rankings and fourth among all Ontario research colleges.
  • According to the latest Key Performance Indicator report, Lambton College graduates are securing employment at a rate almost 5 per cent higher than the provincial average of 84 per cent.
  • The Lambton College Firefighter Combat Team is one of the hottest competitors in the sport, claiming world championship titles at the Annual Scott Firefit World Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Lambton College’s Mobile Learning initiative is recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program, a designation awarded on criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, demonstrating Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.

Our research specialization:

  • Bio-Industrial Technology
  • Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
  • Water & Wastewater
  • Energy Conversion & Storage
  • Instrumentation, Process Control & Optimization



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Contribute to our Community

Enactus is an International non-profit organization that promotes sustainability utilizing entrepreneurial ideas. Since launching in 2012, this Lambton College student group has managed to create a farming revolution in Zambia through their innovative One Seed Project. The project has helped transform the rural villages of Kasaka, Gaali, Mwanza, Hufwa and Monze, and consists of a small microloan program that combines resources, modern farming techniques and innovative breakthroughs to significantly boost corn yields Zambian farmers. The result is changing lives, reaching 2000 farmers, creating 49 jobs, starting 10 small businesses, processing 258 micro loans and generating over $3,750,000 in economic impact. The group has also been recognized for their financial literacy program, Strength In Numbers. This financial education program taught at the Women’s Interval Home, Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, Ontario Works and the First Nations of Kettle & Stony Point, served over 135 people in Sarnia-Lambton. In just three years, these projects have earned the Enactus Lambton team seven central Canadian championships, and eight national titles.

Foster Student Success

Bonnie Kearns

At 38, Bonnie Kearns was the eldest graduate from Lambton College’s Nursing program in 1984. She began her career as an emergency department nurse at Sarnia’s Bluewater Health and went on to become one of Canada’s leading disaster response workers. Her work gained her the honour of the Order of the Red Cross, the highest distinction given by the organization after several volunteer deployments overseas. As part of the Red Cross mobile Emergency Response Unit, Kearns was deployed to Haiti during a 2010 cholera outbreak and assisted the Goderich community following the 2011 tornado. She has staffed a first aid station at Ground Zero, spent six months in Afghanistan and responded to the Peterborough floods, Hurricane Katrina and Pakistan earthquake. She later authored her own book, wrote a chapter on Disaster Nursing for the textbook “Community Nursing: A Canadian Perspective” and was featured in Zoomer Magazine Canada’s top 45-over-45.

Crystal Fach

Crystal Fach was a single mother who grew up in poverty, struggled with self-esteem and other socio-economic issues. Six years ago, Fach became involved with the Circles program, a unique anti-poverty initiative. Through the program, she was paired up with mentors, including Lambton College’s retired Dean Wendy Asher. She later enrolled at Lambton College and graduated from the Social Service Worker program. Today, Fach is an advocate, working to inspire women, families, LGBTQ+ youth and other marginalized individuals to create change. She was instrumental in creating Spectrum at Sarnia-Lambton Rebound, a program providing a positive drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth and has worked with the Children’s Aid Society to revise their policies and procedures to better reflect the anti-oppressive framework being implemented into their service delivery. She also works at the Women’s Rural Resource Centre, where she facilitated a poverty-reduction initiative to support women and families escaping domestic violence.

Christopher Omira

Christopher Omira has defied the odds. Growing up in a Kenyan village, he would walk 10 kilometres to school each day, often hungry, believing education was the key to lifting himself and his community out of poverty. After earning a scholarship to Lambton College in 2000, Omira’s extraordinary drive has enriched both his native and adopted country. In Canada, he is an RN, university instructor and Community Health Nurse, providing primary care to remote First Nation reserves. In Africa, he co-founded a non-profit organization and has helped launch a new school, student loan program and a community health clinic.

Partner with Business and Community


A large financial contribution donated to Lambton College on behalf of NOVA Chemicals will help fund a new Health & Research Centre. The $2 million donation, announced by The Lambton College Foundation in November 2015, is the single largest educational investment ever made by the local industrial manufacturer. The money will be used primarily to fund construction of the Lambton College’s proposed Health & Research Centre and includes the corporate naming rights to the future building. NOVA Chemicals has enjoyed a longstanding partnership actively investing in Lambton College’s students and graduates over the past 18 years and recognizes the benefits that the new centre will have in the community. With close to 1000 employees, NOVA Chemicals is one of the region’s largest industrial companies and has a longstanding partnership with Lambton College. Since 2008, the company has supported 224 co-op students from the college and hired 118 graduates.


In September 2008, Lambton County Council approved the implementation of a unique anti-poverty initiative in Sarnia-Lambton called Circles. A Canadian first, the program uses a community approach to support and befriend those who want to leave poverty behind. Lambton College was the first institution in North America to implement the Cirlces program for students and was designated Canada’s National Training Site in March 2012. The program pairs Circle Leaders — a person coming from generational poverty – with community mentors. Many individuals who participate in the Circles programs become Lambton College students earning credit for the learning and work that they have completed through the Getting Ahead program. Lambton College is the only post-secondary institution in Canada who offers a general education course based on the Circles/Getting Ahead model. College staff also receive Circles training, operating as much as a support group for incoming Circles students as an educational institution.

Support Indigenous Students

Lambton College provides accepting places to learn in a culturally sensitive and academically stimulating environment for students with Aboriginal backgrounds, including First Nation, Inuit and Métis. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or a mature student, Lambton College offers quality academic advising, career counselling and employment preparation services. The Aboriginal Cultural/Learning Centre is a friendly, supportive environment for students from Aboriginal backgrounds. It was originally opened in 1992 and a logo was designed for the Centre by Harrison Plain. The Centre’s goal is to ensure a smooth transition to college by providing ongoing support for Aboriginal students who are studying at Lambton College. Students can access a comfortable atmosphere where they can meet other Aboriginal students, study or learn more about academic workshops, success stories, job opportunities, college and community events.

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Date modified: 2018-07-27