Conestoga news

March 22, 2005 1:05 PM

Free Program in Guelph Offers Employment, Education Skills

As midwestern Ontario's most comprehensive post-secondary educational institution, Conestoga College has among its goals the provision of practical educational opportunities that give individuals the skills and confidence to enter or re-enter the job market, or to prepare for further, specialized career education.

In April, the Conestoga campus in Guelph will offer a free preparatory skills program called Employment/Training Readiness (E/TR). The eight-week daytime program begins on Monday, April 18. Free, no-obligation information sessions will be held at the campus at 460 Speedvale Ave. W. on Tuesday, March 29 and Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m.

Participants in E/TR work individually and in groups to focus on assessing and enhancing skills in a number of areas: mathematics, communications, goal setting, educational/job plan development, problem solving strategies applicable to family, self, work and leisure situations, computer basics and even a period of work shadow experience in actual employment settings.

Completion of the program can lead directly to a job search or to possible further education and training.

The program is open to applicants who are age 19 or older and who successfully complete a program suitability interview, but the enrolment capacity is limited.

Interested persons may contact the Conestoga College Information Centre for details. Call 519-763-9525, ext. 3656.

CONTACT: Frances Painter (Guelph campus), 519-824-9390, ext. 172,