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New initiative connects high school students to workplace and college options


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, Wednesday, April 22, and in Kingston, Thursday, April 30, 2009. St. Lawrence College has partnered with Job Connect and KEYS in Kingston, Job Zone in Cornwall, and the Eastern Ontario and Thousand Island Training Boards for the event.

"We want to set up students for success at college and in the workplace," said Pat Garrod, School to College to Work Initiatives Coordinator for

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."

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 250 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.