College students using down time during faculty strike to learn independently
While college professors prepare to hit picket lines around the province again today, some students are still hitting the books.
All classes remain cancelled at colleges across Ontario, including Cambrian College and Collège Boréal in Sudbury, Sault College in Sault Ste Marie, Northern College in Timmins and Canadore College in North Bay. Campuses remain open.
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Those students in engineering at Cambrian, like second year power engineering student Mike Muzyka, will soon have to write a provincially-mandated exam.
They are preparing for that test without the help of their instructors.
"We're governed under the TSSA [Technical Safety Standards Authority] so we have to pass those exams to get our certificate. So that continues no matter what," Muzyka says.
He calls the atmosphere on campus 'quiet', as students wait to hear if the dispute will end and classes can resume.
However, Muzyka isn't too worried about his upcoming exam.
"We'll put the work in, do what we got to do to get it done."
Muzyka's classmate, Rod Dammeier, is a mature student who says by now he should know how to study on his own.
"To be honest, it's not as big of a deal for me, but if it was your first year in college, I could see a lot of those kids kind of being lost," says Dammeier.