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Special Event connects high school students to workplace and college options

2011-04-19

Recognizing that some high school students will go straight into the workforce after graduation, St. Lawrence College, along with local school boards, has organized a one-day event to connect these students to local training boards and job-finding resources. Participants will be able to speak to local employers about upcoming job opportunities, learn what essential skills are required, and learn how to handle an interview and dress for success. Participants will also have a chance to familiarize themselves with the college, and discover the wide variety of programs offered in skilled trades, health sciences, business, computing, justice studies, and more.

The one-day event, Connect and Win – Workplace Information Network, will be held on the Cornwall campus on Wednesday, April 20, and the Kingston campus on Friday, April 29, 2011. St. Lawrence College has partnered with Employment Service and KEYS in Kingston, Job Zone in Cornwall, and the Eastern Ontario and Thousand Island Training Boards for the event.

"We want to help set up students for success at college and in the workplace," said Elysa Brunet, School to College to Work Initiatives Facilitator for the Cornwall campus of St. Lawrence College. "By getting these students in the door to our campuses, hopefully they’ll see the education and training possibilities before
them and go on to attain a college or apprenticeship education that will help them succeed in their future careers," stated Leslie Myles, Connect and WIN Coordinator for the Kingston campus.

Other SCWI programs include the highly successful Connections program, which brings in hundreds of area high school students, as well as students in grades seven and eight, to the college early in May for a day of hands-on experience with programs that interest them. As well Dual Credit programs
continue whereby high school students can earn a college credit while completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This year, more than 500 high school students have earned a college credit or their Level 1 Apprenticeship training at one of St. Lawrence College’s campuses while earning an equivalent high school credit.

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About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

For media information:
Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291