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Northern colleges reach out to displaced Everest College students

The loss of Everest College is bad news for students—but it might be a boon to other colleges in the north.

The loss of Everest College is bad news for students—but it might be a boon to other colleges in the north.

The private career college announced it went bankrupt last week, and shut down 14 campuses, including one in Sudbury.

Sonia Del Missier  is Vice-president, Academic at Cambrian College. She said the school has been fielding calls from some of those orphaned students, and work is in progress to assess those students and make plans.

The quality of education is comparable at both public and private institutions, she noted.

“There are advantages and disadvantages of both and they all have an equal role to play that students have all the options available to them,” Del Missier said.

It is still early, but the college could integrate some of those students into existing programs, she added.       

“The other option that could be available would be to mount a special section for that cohort, depending on the size. In looking over the programs, certainly there is a good opportunity to provide assistance.”

Courses like massage therapy aren't offered at Cambrian, but they are offered at Northern College.

College spokesperson Jim Banks said the school has had calls from Sudbury, Ottawa and Barrie, but many students are discouraged by the distance.

Northern College has campuses in Kirkland Lake, Haileybury and Timmins.

The Ontario government and other private career colleges have reached out to help students. 3:20

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