Conestoga news

October 25, 2007 3:18 PM

College Information Fair for Students, Public at Conestoga

Conestoga College will host an Ontario college information fair at the Doon campus in Kitchener on Wednesday, October 31, providing an excellent opportunity for secondary school students and the general public to meet with representatives of 24 colleges and institutes to discuss programs of study, careers, admissions procedures and the valuable role that college education plays in the economic growth and prosperity of the province.

The event features a morning session for students visiting from their secondary schools and an evening session for parents, students and members of the public. The event location at the campus includes both the gymnasium at the Conestoga Recreation Centre and the adjacent wing of the main teaching building at Doon. Both sessions are set up to emulate trade show presentations, featuring staffed information booths and displays.

The public session is a community open house from 5:30-7 p.m. There is no admission charge and parking is free. Visitors can obtain information and ask questions from representatives of the 24 colleges, representatives of individual Conestoga programs and Conestoga student services personnel. Visits to teaching and lab areas will also be available.

The daytime schedule on October 31 is reserved for Grade 11 and 12 students from schools in midwestern Ontario, as well as their teachers and guidance counselors. In all, nearly 2,000 daytime guests are expected from Waterloo Region, and Wellington, Perth and Huron counties.

The program goes from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Student visitors can take campus tours, visit instructional areas, gather information and ask questions directly of Conestoga faculty and students, in addition to learning about the other participating colleges.

The event at Conestoga is an ideal time to learn about the participating institutions, which offer everything from one-year certificates to apprenticeship training to three-year diplomas and four-year degrees, and even postgraduate programs. Ontario’s public colleges and institutes annually serve 150,000 full-time students and close to one million part-time students, and employ approximately 30,000 people in 200 communities across the province. They play a key role in meeting employer needs locally, provincially and nationally, and thereby contribute to productivity, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness.

Examples of the 24 colleges and institutes participating are: Conestoga, Algonquin (Ottawa), Cambrian (Sudbury), Durham (Oshawa), Fanshawe (London), George Brown and Humber (Toronto), Georgian (Barrie), Mohawk (Hamilton), St. Clair (Windsor), St. Lawrence (Kingston), Sheridan (Oakville), an institute of health sciences (Michener) and the specialized colleges of the University of Guelph (Alfred, Kemptville and Ridgetown).

CONTACT: Jan Stroh,; John Sawicki, 519-748-5220, ext. 3336