Conestoga news

October 31, 2001 1:04 PM

TV Network Chooses Conestoga

The Women’s Television Network (WTN) has chosen Conestoga College to be one of only six Canadian colleges entitled to award a 2001-2002 Women’s TechNical Internship program post to an outstanding graduating female student.

The internship, administered by the WTN Foundation Inc., pays 50 per cent of the salary of the intern’s first
job for six months. According to the Foundation, the value of the internship award can amount to $6,000 or
more. The purpose of the award is to encourage women to pursue careers in the technical aspects of the broadcasting and multimedia industries, and to increase the number of women in this career area. Examples of technical posts include ENG (electronic news gathering) camera operators, videotape editors, Web page designers, lighting technicians, audio technicians, graphics animators and character generator operators.

Conestoga’s Broadcasting - Radio and Television program has a long record of success, producing for more than 30 years radio and television professionals for both the technical and performance aspects of the industry. According to program co-ordinator Michael Thurnell, the program is distinctive in the college sector, because Conestoga’s broadcasting enrolment is more than 50 per cent female. He also emphasizes the longstanding tradition of the program in encouraging students to gain practical, part-time work experience in the industry during their period of study.

In the near future, representatives of the program will be empanelling a jury to review and evaluate entries
for this internship, and to select a winner.

The other five colleges selected to participate in the Women’s TechNical Internship program are: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Calgary), New Brunswick Community College (Miramichi campus), CEGEP de Jonquière, Algonquin College (Ottawa/Nepean), and the Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound (Burnaby, BC).

CONTACT: Michael Thurnell, 519-748-5220, ext. 3223 < >