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St. Lawrence College "Connects" with Elementary and Secondary Students

2012-05-02

BROCKVILLE, CORNWALL, KINGSTON - More than 850 students from Grades 7, 8, 10 & 11 will participate in Connections, a program designed to bring elementary and secondary students and staff into the College, expose them to the programs that are currently available and give them a chance throughout a day-long event to experiment and learn about post-secondary education and career paths through hands-on activities.

"The Connections events are a great mechanism to open the eyes of our students, both in Grades 7 & 8 and Grades 10 & 11, to the possibilities and programs available at St. Lawrence College," said Pat Garrod, School-College-Work Initiative (SCWI) Coordinator at St. Lawrence College. "It is our hope that by awakening their imagination and showing them the variety of career pathways that exist with a college education, they will be encouraged to complete their secondary education and consider college as a post-secondary destination."

The program, supported through the Ministry of Education’s School-College-Work Initiative (SCWI), has been developed by PASS (Partnering to Achieve Student Success), the regional planning team made up of eastern Ontario’s three colleges and nine local school boards.

Event synopsis:

Grades 10 & 11 Connections

Thursday, May 3 - The Kingston campus will host 270 students representing 4 area school boards, Algonquin Lakeshore District School Board, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, Limestone District School Board and the Upper Canada District School Board. Students will be participating in one of 18 different programs for the day including business, fitness, health sciences, biotechnology, hairstyling, culinary arts, carpentry, digital arts for musicians, child and youth work, police work, engineering, graphic design, behavioural science, nursing, and more.

Grades 7 & 8 Connections

Friday, May 4 – Kingston campus
Wednesday, May 9 – Brockville and Cornwall campuses

Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston campuses will host 600 Grade 7 & 8 students from Algonquin Lakeshore District School Board, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, Limestone District School Board and Upper Canada District School Board. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of programs at each campus.

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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.

Denise Corcoran
Communications Officer
Marketing & Communications
St. Lawrence College
Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261
dcorcoran@sl.on.ca