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St. Lawrence College ‘Connects’ with Elementary and Secondary Students

2015-05-04, 1:35 PM

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to “scrub in” for surgery, build bridges, cook up a culinary masterpiece, or check out firefighting? Or maybe you’re more interested in business, musical theatre, or police foundations?

On Wednesday May 6thth, a one-day experiential event called “Connections 7/8” will be held at St. Lawrence College’s Kingston, Brockville and Cornwall Campuses.  This day will give 600 Grade 7 & 8 students the opportunity to try out some of these activities!

On Thursday May 7th, 300 Grade 10 & 11 students will be participating in one of 18 different programs offered at the Kingston Campus. “Connections 10/11” is designed to bring our secondary students and staff into the college, expose them to programs that are currently available, and give them an opportunity to experiment and learn through hands-on activities. 

“The Connections events are a great mechanism to open the eyes of students in Grade 7 & 8 and Grade 10 & 11 to the programs that are available at St. Lawrence College.  It is our hope that by exposing them to the college and showing them all the different career pathways that exist through a college education, they will be encouraged to complete their secondary education and consider college as a post-secondary destination,” said Anne Nahorny, School College Work Initiatives (SCWI) coordinator at St. Lawrence College.

This program is supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities through SCWI and will involve students from 4 area school boards - Algonquin Lakeshore District School Board, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, Limestone District School Board and Upper Canada District School Board. 

Event synopsis:

Grades7/8 Connections:

Wednesday May 6th – Kingston, Brockville and Cornwall Campuses will host 600 Grades 7 & 8 students from ALCDSB, CDSBEO, LDSB, and UCDSB. Students will be exposed to and involved with hands-on activities in a wide variety of programs at each campus. 

Grade 10/11 Connections:

Thursday May 7th - The Kingston Campus will host 300 students representing 4 area school boards, ALCDSB, CDSBEO, LDSB, and UCDSB. Students will be participating in one of 18 different programs for the day including Video Editing, Robotics, Engineering, Graphic Design, Solar Power, Justice Studies, Social Services, Music and Digital Media, Behaviour Science, Nursing, Animal Surgery, Computer Programming, Hairstylist/Esthetician, Cooking, Fitness, Carpentry, Masonry.

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About St. Lawrence College
With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 7,000 full-time students, and more than 70,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually.

For media information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451