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An upcoming open house at Lambton College will provide students with relevant information to make wise career choices in the computer technology industry.

Find out what business people who hire Lambton College graduates and co-op placements are saying about the college's programs. Discover the opportunities for co-operative learning. Hear about the successes of graduates and experiences of current students. And take a tour of the college, during a Computer Careers in Technology open house planned for Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room N105.

"This is an opportunity for anyone considering a career in the computer technology industry to ask questions of a captive group of people who bring a wide variety of perspectives to the table," said Herman Kempe, co-ordinator of information systems. "This is really a rare opportunity to investigate all angles of the picture."

The college's three-year co-op Computer Programmer Analyst, two-year Computer Programmer and one-year Computer Systems Technician programs will be outlined during the evening.

Guests will also receive information on the college's fast-track programs: the 12-month post-graduate Information Technology Professional, the six-month Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), the eight-week Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), and the 12-week Professional Webmaster.

"The industry experts are predicting there will be 100% growth rate in the number of jobs by the year 2010. There won't be enough people coming out of our schools to fill those jobs," Kempe said. "Now is the time to take advantage of the learning opportunities offered at Lambton College."

"The industry changes all the time," said Dave Edwards, facilitator of the Information Technology Professional program. "At Lambton College, we work in consultation with the industry to ensure our students have the most up-to-date information that will make them valuable job candidates."

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Enrolment figures for September 2002 show Conestoga College has 5,613 students in full-time, postsecondary programs, an increase of 11.46% over September 2001.

Conestoga's numbers compare very well with the enrolment increase recorded by the entire Ontario community college system, which stands at 6.8%. "Some of this growth has to do with the first stages of the double cohort, to be sure," Fred Harris, college registrar, said. "A look at enrolment patterns over the last few years, however, clearly points to the perception of applicants that colleges are a viable and worthwhile choice for post- secondary education, and that Conestoga College has established an attractive record of achievement and excellence."

First-year enrolment at Conestoga stands at 3,082, representing an 11.95% increase over last September's numbers. It is the largest incoming class ever at Conestoga. The second-year enrolment of 1,779 is an 11.4% increase, while the third-year enrolment shows a rise of 9.62% at 752.

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