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Schools strut their stuff during College Week

Ontario's publicly-funded colleges celebrate the successes of more than a million graduates during College Week, which began Monday and runs until Nov. 9.

Ontario College graduates are health care professionals, designers, builders, technologists, journalists and CEOs -- and involved in hundreds of other kinds of careers. They are on the front lines and behind the scenes, making our world work every day.

Ontario's 21 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology and three Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning annually serve 150,000 full-time students, close to a million part-time students and employ about 30,000 people in 200 communities across the province.

During College Week, colleges are planning a number of events and activities to highlight their graduates' critical contribution to the economic and social life of the province through campus events and/or media activity. Events include:
  • Today: Cambrian College's eDome will be the venue for an energy symposium on Emerging Alternative Energy Technologies. The event, which starts at 1 p.m., will feature guest speakers and will showcase exhibits from alternative energy sources. Call 705-566-8101or visit the website,
  • Centennial College School of Business -- information session. Centennial's Business programs deliver the comprehensive theory, and the practical experience that employers demand. Learn about admissions requirements, faculty expertise, financial aid, program curriculum, paid co-op options, and career opportunities for graduates. Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Residence & Conference Centre in Scarborough. Call 416-289-5325 or send e-mail to
  • Nov. 6: Cambrian College, the Rainbow District School Board, and the Sudbury Catholic District School Board in partnership with College Boreal and Laurentian University, will present Transitions, an information night for students in grades 8 to 12 and their parents. The event, which will be held in the Sheridan Auditorium at Sudbury Secondary School, starts at 7 p.m. Call 705-566-8101 or visit the website,
  • Nov. 7: Canadore will host the official unveiling of its new residence design on at 10:30 a.m. at the new residence site, located at 15 College Dr., at Gormanville Road. The facility will offer 146 students a place to call home in September 2004. For more information, call Beverly Watkins at 705-474-7600 ext. 5336. --------

    Lambton College's 2002 graduating class, from the diploma nursing program, reached another impressive milestone.

    Ninety eight per cent of students passed the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination, written in June 2002. In addition, the students met or exceeded the provincial and national averages in the Examination Performance Profile.

    "It's another confirmation of the quality of our faculty, our nursing programs and the students themselves," said Judy Morris, Vice President, Academic at Lambton College.

    Successful completion of the national examination is one of the key requirements for eligibility of registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario, the governing body for registered nurses (RNs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) in Ontario.

    "The strength of their scores is also indicative of the kind of support our students receive in the clinical portion of the program from the nurses within Lambton County," Morris said.

    Lambton College's three-year diploma Nursing program has been replaced by a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, in collaboration with University of Windsor. The final class from the phased out Nursing program will graduate in 2004.

    The College of Nurses of Ontario require that all nurses entering the profession in 2005 to have completed a university baccalaureate-nursing program. It also requires all registered practical nurses to have completed a two-year diploma program.

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