The Earth Resources Technician Co-op
Dec 1st 9:50am
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  • Speaker: Dr Joanna Hodge

Fleming College’s Earth Resources Technician Co-op (ERT) program provides pathways to a broad range of geoscience careers. Unique amongst Ontario College geology programs, the ERT program offers mineral exploration, environmental and engineering geology, producing well- rounded graduates who are in high demand. Our two-year program with mandatory 6-month co-op qualifies graduates as geological technicians, but also offers interested students pathways to university through 2+2 articulation agreements that lead to Bachelor of Science degrees and professional registration. College programs are an under-utilized entry point into geoscience for students, and a commonly under-estimated source of well-qualified and resourceful technicians for industry. Come explore Fleming College’s “hidden gem”


Bio - Dr. Joanna Hodge, P.Geo Professor of Geology and ERT Program Coordinator School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fleming College

Dr. Joanna Hodge is a professor of geology and coordinator of the Earth Resources Technician Co-op program at Fleming College. She has a PhD in geology from the University of Western Australia where she studied the hydrothermal evolution of fluids in gold deposits hosted in crustal-scale fault systems. She is a registered professional geoscientist in both Ontario and British Columbia, and teaches courses in introductory geology, surficial landforms and processes, mineral exploration sampling protocols, environmental geochemistry, and stability of earth and structures within the Earth Resources Technician Co-op Program. Joanna also introduces Resources Drilling, and Blasting students to geology in their Rock Studies course, and teaches Ecology and Environment in SENRS’ Common First Semester.
Prior to taking up her role at Fleming College, Joanna spent 15 years working in gold, nickel, copper-gold and uranium exploration and resource development in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, and has a broad range of experience in all aspects of field-based exploration.
Joanna is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion in her program. She organized the inaugural Women in Rocks event hosted in the newly renovated Geocentre at Frost Campus in 2018, is a member of the Academic Accessibility committee at Fleming College and works on incorporating Universal Design into all aspects of the program. She is a member of the International Association of Geoscience Diversity and is currently developing a fully accessible field trip to Northern Ontario.