Earth Resources Technician Co-op student Mitchell Maracle isnâ€™t afraid of getting his hands dirty, which is why the second-year student is excited to participate in the Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop this May.
Each year, 26 of the top geoscience students from post-secondary institutions across Canada are nominated to attend this intense two-week workshop in Sudbury, Ont. This workshop, which is hosted by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, aims to develop future leaders of the mineral exploration and development industry.
â€śThe Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop is a highly competitive application process targeted towards university students, so Mitchellâ€™s acceptance is a big deal,â€ť said Joanna Hodge, Earth Resources Technician Co-op program coordinator. â€śI am very proud of Mitchell for his well-deserved acceptance and I know he will make Fleming College proud when he goes to Sudbury this May.â€ť
Mitchell is looking forward to the networking opportunity, as well as learning more about the mineral exploration field.
â€śI did my program co-op in the Yukon, helping to find economically viable mineral deposits, and I want to learn more about the industry,â€ť said Mitchell, referring to his co-op placement at Big River Mineral Exploration. At his co-op placement, Mitchell sampled soil, staked claims, worked as a drill hand and at the sluice box, and panned for gold, among other responsibilities.
â€śI like this career because I like history, and this is the earthâ€™s history, but you can find work in it. I also like that itâ€™s science, so itâ€™s great!â€ť said the Fleming student.
Mitchell decided to take Flemingâ€™s Earth Resources Technician Co-op program after earning his degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University and travelling Australia. When he returned to Canada for a friendâ€™s wedding, Mitchell decided he wanted to gain more hands-on skills and train towards a career.
â€śWhen I came back to Canada, I decided I should get my career going and the ERT program was right up my alley. Iâ€™m glad I chose it, itâ€™s been perfect,â€ť said Mitchell. â€śI like how hands-on and informative the program is, and I like that the class sizes are smallerâ€”I know all of the professors and students, and the professors care if youâ€™re struggling with anything.â€ť
After he graduates from Fleming College, Mitchell plans to continue his studies at Acadia University, using Flemingâ€™s education pathway to earn his Bachelor of Science in Geology with two additional years of study after Fleming.
â€śI enjoy learning and feel itâ€™d be better to
specialize in the field,â€ť explains Mitchell. â€śIâ€™m passionate about earth
sciences and I want to learn more!â€ť