Conestoga news

May 7, 2018 8:06 AM

Conestoga hosts ZOOM Career Day for youth

On May 2, Conestoga hosted a ZOOM Career Day at the Doon campus. The event is held by the Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region (BEP) and welcomed 250 students in grades 11 and 12 to acquire more information about possible career paths and workplace opportunities. 

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A high school student participates in a hands-on carpentry workshop during ZOOM Career Day at Conestoga. The event was open to students in grades 11 and 12 to introduce them to possible career paths and opportunities.

Sherri Tryon, manager, Workforce Development & Conestoga Career Centre, said Conestoga has partnered and supported the career day for close to 10 years. Established in 2002, BEP is a charitable organization that links education, industry and community partners with the goal of providing youth valuable career exploration opportunities.

A carpentry workshop facilitated by Conestoga faculty was one of 13 available for students to participate in. Faculty member Judi Westcott welcomed students and provided them with an overview of the Carpentry and Renovation Technician diploma program and the Construction Techniques certificate program -- both offered at Conestoga’s Waterloo. She also shared information about the potential career opportunities available after graduation. Westcott and other carpentry faculty then provided a safety briefing before leading the students in a hands-on wall framing exercise.

During the full-day conference, students also listened to a keynote presentation on understanding their digital footprint and had an opportunity to visit representatives from Lutherwood, Cambridge Career Connections, the Volunteer Action Centre, the Small Business Centre and the Conestoga Career Centre.

The Conestoga Career Centres provide a broad range of resources and services to help clients become successful in attaining their career and employment goals. Resources are available at no cost to the public and include: career advising, job search support, academic advisement, internationally trained immigrant advisement, linkages to employers and more.

Visit Conestoga’s website for additional information.