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Students rap to win a netbook in higher-education video contest


The best rapper at Regiopolis Notre Dame in Kingston will win a netbook laptop computer in a video contest promoting choice in higher education.

The video contest, part of the Ontario college sector’s advertising campaign to promote the options available in higher education, will visit Regiopolis on Tuesday, November 10 between 9:30 am and noon. Students can participate in a rap contest about their education goals and the student with the winning video – according to the votes of his or her fellow students – will win a netbook laptop computer.

 "Students really enjoy this opportunity to express themselves and think about their plans for postsecondary education," said Chris Whitaker, president and CEO, St. Lawrence College. "The contest encourages students to explore all the options and to discover the programs and opportunities available at Ontario’s colleges."

 The video contest is part of the Ontario colleges’ advertising campaign promoting the career options available through a college education. The colleges have been running advertisements that promote the messages "It’s all about M.E." and "C’est M.A. Vie," encouraging students to pursue the higher education options that best suit their interests and strengths.

The $2.5-million advertising campaign, which began earlier this year and continues this fall, includes ads on television, radio and the Internet, along with newspaper and transit shelter ads.

 The contest tour for students is visiting high schools in 18 communities across the province, from Ottawa to Thunder Bay. All participants will receive a T-shirt and pamphlet and the winning videos will be posted on the and leducationcestmonaffaire campaign websites. People can vote for their favourite videos until Dec. 31, 2009.

This is an excellent time for students to be learning about college education and training. Ninety per cent of college graduates who enter the workforce get jobs within six months of graduation and there will be an even greater demand for college graduates in the years ahead as the baby boomers retire.

Colleges prepare people for careers in a wide range of sectors, including advertising, film, health care, information technology, aviation, finance administration, culinary arts, construction technology, tourism, and environmental and natural resources.

"Parents and students need to be aware of the full range of opportunities available through a college education," said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "They need to explore all of the options available in higher education and choose the program that is best for each student."

 Ontario colleges serve about 200 communities throughout the province, delivering a wide range of career-focused education and training programs to more than 200,000 full-time and 300,000 part-time students

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