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March 17, 2008 1:24 PM

Applicants, Public Invited to Explore Conestoga

When it comes to higher education, college is a smart choice. College offers reasonable tuition, hands-on skills, project-based learning, instruction from professional practitioners, small class sizes and excellent employment prospects.

Increasingly, the value and productive purpose of college-based education is coming to the fore, as governments and business leaders realize the strong link between economic development, sustained global competitiveness and prosperity, and a well-educated population that has a full range of practical skills.

Conestoga is increasingly seen as being an excellent first choice for post-secondary education. Enrolment has risen dramatically the last two years and is expected to rise again for 2008-2009.

Conestoga is inviting applicants for fall admission as well as the general public to visit three of its campuses. The event is called Explore Conestoga.

Explore Conestoga takes place on Saturday, March 29 at the Waterloo and Guelph campuses, and on Saturday, April 5 at the Doon campus in Kitchener.

At Guelph, the event hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Emphasis will be on the trades, apprenticeship and technology programs featured at the campus - motive power trades, welding technology, industrial mechanics, millwright and others. Program information sessions and tours begin hourly from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m.

At Waterloo, Explore Conestoga runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with the focus on two campus specialties - construction-related trades and the hospitality/culinary/tourism sector. Program and career information sessions start at 11 a.m., 12 noon and 1 p.m. for the construction-related trades, and at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 for hospitality/culinary/tourism.

The Doon event on April 5 also runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors have the opportunity to meet faculty and current students, see student projects, and visit labs and shops. Program information tours will start hourly from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m., and general campus tours will begin each hour on the half-hour, from 10:30 through 1:30. In addition, the event will feature information booths outlining the many student service areas at Conestoga. On hand will be Conestoga admissions officers and representatives of the Ontario College Application Services (OCAS), to explain application/admission procedures and to facilitate the process for any visitors who may wish to apply.

CONTACT: Paul Osborne, 519-748-5220, ext. 3419, posborne@conestogac.on.ca; Brenda Gilmore (Guelph campus), bgilmore@conestogac.on.ca; Tanja Gancevich (Waterloo campus), tanjag@conestogac.on.ca

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