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September 30, 2002 2:34 PM

Golf Tournament Aids Information Technology Education

The scores were in on the day of the event, but the results have now been tabulated -- the seventh annual Conestoga College Golf Classic has raised $47,000 to improve, enhance and expand Information Technology (IT) education at Conestoga.

IT is an expanding area of education, of vital importance to businesses and industries, community service organizations and institutions, governments and public enterprises, as the need for fast, accurate, responsive data and information-transfer systems becomes essential to any type of economic or administrative activity.

A total of 136 golfers, all community and business leaders, took part in the event on August 20 at Heron Point Golf Club in Ancaster. The Golf Classic has two aims -- to recognize each year outstanding community leaders and builders, and to raise funds for the advancement of high-quality skills education at Conestoga College.

This year's honourees are the prime movers behind Waterloo's internationally known Research In Motion Ltd. -- Chairman and Co-CEO Jim Balsillie and President and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. Their company is an innovative leader in the design, manufacturing and sales of wireless solutions for the mobile communications market.

The funds from the Golf Classic will go towards acquiring resources in IT education, particularly in the wireless communications field. A sample of Conestoga's IT programs of study includes Computer Programmer/Analyst, Systems Analyst, Web Design, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Software Engineering Technician and Digital Media.

Since its inception in 1996, the Conestoga College Golf Classic has raised a total of more than $250,000 in support of skills education at the College.

CONTACT: Ron Simmons, 519-748-5220, ext. 3752 rsimmons@conestogac.on.ca

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