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Get the 411 on the 911 at Centennial expo


Centennial College is hosting the second annual Uniform Services Career Expo on April 4 and 5, bringing together the armed forces, police, fire and other agencies to inform the public about career opportunities in emergency services.

With heightened awareness of public safety and security, the '911 Career Expo' is expected to draw a sizeable audience. Agencies are bringing specialized equipment -- such as a bomb disposal robot --which will be set up in the parking lot of Centennial's conference centre.

With a large retirement cohort expected in the coming years, more than 10,000 jobs are available from the exhibiting agencies. Some of the participating organizations include the Canadian Forces, Toronto Fire Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Customs, and Toronto and York Regional police services.

Booths will be set up tradeshow-style with representatives on hand to answer career-related questions.

The expo is taking place at the Centennial College Student Residence and Conference Centre, 940 Progress Ave. (just east of Markham Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Admission and parking are free.

For more information about the 911 Career Expo, call 416-438-2216, ext. 6305, or visit the Web site: www.centennialcollege.ca/applied/police/careers/.

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Choose from hundreds of courses outlined in Lambton College's Spring 2003 Continuing Education and Computer Training Centre brochure, arriving at your home on April 4 in Lambton Leisure or April 5 in The Observer.

Explore yoga, kayaking, rock climbing, holistic birth, or scrapbooking. Delve into mediation and negotiation, sign language or management development. Choose from courses and workshops to suit every taste in the Continuing Education lineup.

Whether you own your own business or have a job that relies on computers, Lambton College's Computer Training Centre has a tremendous range of specialized computer courses to help you become more effective on your home computer or in the workplace.

Part-time courses in Excel, vendor certification in Microsoft Office Specialist, with numerous certifications, Publisher 2000, or Linux From the Ground Up will provide you with the skills to keep pace in today's workplace.

Registration is available online at www.lambton.on.ca/coned. Continuing education registration gets under way April 7. Most classes begin the week of May 5. Registration for computer training is ongoing.

For more information, call 519-541-2403 or 519-541-2437.

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Each year, a local competition sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers takes place at the University of Waterloo to showcase excellence and innovation in electronic design and research at the undergraduate level.

The event is called Student Papers Night, and features presentation and judging of the three best student papers from the participating institutions. This year's participants were from Conestoga College, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo, and nine papers were judged in all.

For the third consecutive year, an entry from Conestoga College has taken first-place honours -- a cash prize of $750. Another Conestoga team took the $200 third prize. A team from the University of Guelph finished second.

Dan Galway, James Gilbrook and Mike Jakowlew of Conestoga's Computer Engineering Technology program developed the winning project, titled Digital Media Juke Box.

The paper explored creation of a stand-alone digital media MP3 player able to download, store and output music. The design integrates a hard drive, LCD touch-screen display, Ethernet interface and MP3 decoding software to provide analog audio output.

The team of Sean Carpenter and Bojan Korousic from Conestoga's electronics engineering technology -- telecommunications systems program developed the third-place winning entry. Their project is called EZ-Cash. It is a wireless payment solution for use in purchasing products or services via a cellphone.

The user employs a technology called Short Messaging Service to send a message from the cell phone to a vending machine. Within a few seconds, the item ordered is released by the vending machine and the user's account is charged accordingly, eliminating the need for cash or credit card.

Competing students were judged on their technical presentations and the complexities of their projects by a panel of IEEE members. Each student team went through a 15-minute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session with the panel. Emphasis was on technical detail combined with the effectiveness of the presentation.


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