Conestoga news

February 26, 2007 2:01 PM

Choosing College: Applicants Invited to Explore Conestoga

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.

From Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4, nearly 4,000 applicants for fall admission are expected to visit Conestoga College. They can find answers to their questions, see the college environment and meet faculty first-hand, and determine if indeed Conestoga will be their first choice for post-secondary education.

The event is called Explore Conestoga.

These visitors -- who have already applied for admission -- and their families are the guests of Conestoga. Explore Conestoga will give them the opportunity to attend sessions in the specific academic areas in which they have the greatest interest, as well as provide general information about college life and the services available to students at Conestoga.

Depending on these areas of interest and the schedule of program-specific sessions, applicants may be at Conestoga on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The workshop schedule has been arranged so that individual sessions will not be crowded, in order to provide the best atmosphere for questions-and-answers, and discussions with faculty and staff.

Sessions are scheduled on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Doon campus in Kitchener, while sessions at the campuses in Guelph and Waterloo (for academic programs offered at those campuses) are on Sunday only.

The Friday and Saturday daytime sessions at Doon deal mainly with academic programs in health sciences, community services, and media and liberal studies. The emphasis on Sunday morning is on business programs, while Sunday afternoon activities focus on engineering and information technology. Guelph activities are on Sunday morning (10:30 a.m.-12 noon) and feature an open house for visitors to tour trades and technology areas, including apprenticeship facilities, in addition to the full-time diploma programs offered. Waterloo sessions take place on Sunday afternoon (1:30-3:30 p.m.) and likewise include trades/technology/apprenticeship open house activities.

CONTACT: Jan Stroh, 519-748-5220, ext. 3279,; Brenda Gilmore (Guelph campus),; Tanja Gancevich (Waterloo campus),