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Third-year Seneca College fashion arts student Xiaomei Han will fly to Paris next week to compete in the International Competition for Young Fashion Designers after being named a Canadian finalist earlier this week.

Xiaomei was one of eight designers selected to represent Canada from a field of more than 100 university and college students who competed in the national round of the competition in Montreal.
Xiaomei Han, a third-year Seneca College fashion arts student, stands next to the dress she created that won her the opportunity to compete in the International Competition for Young Fashion Designers in Paris next week. At right is her original sketch of the dress, which she says reflects tradition and modernity.


She will compete in Paris from Dec. 14 to 17 against finalists from more than 20 countries for a grand prize of 3,000 Euros ($4,600 CDN), a round-trip airline ticket and a one-year scholarship to study at the Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

"We are very proud of Xiaomei," says Seneca College president Dr. Rick Miner. "Having a national champion represent Seneca in Paris shows the breadth and strength of our fashion arts program.

This kind of opportunity is a wonderful educational experience and we wish Xiaomei the best of luck."

Xiaomei, a Scarborough resident who recently immigrated to Canada from China,

made a black and white dress designed to reflect the competition's theme of "tradition and modernity."

The International Young Fashion Designers Competition is considered the premier showcase for up-and-coming fashion design students worldwide.

Now in its 21st year, the competition is sponsored by Air France and the French Federation of Couture, Ready to Wear of Couturiers and Fashion Designers. Canada has won first place twice -- with one of those wins going to Seneca's Joanna Yuen in 1997.

Seneca's three-year fashion arts program offers specialty studies in the design and production of menwear, women's wear, knit wear and production control, and includes courses on textiles, the history of fashion and computer-aided design and production.

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A comprehensive selection of special interest, computer, credit and online courses will be outlined in Lambton College's new Winter 2004 Continuing Education and Computer Training Centre Brochure.

Registration gets underway Monday, Dec. 15 at the college and is available online at www.lambton.on.ca/coned. Program information has been posted on the website with an option to have a reminder

e-mail sent on the day registration begins.

Continuing education classes begin the week of Jan. 12. Computer Training Centre courses continue through the winter.

The college offers a full range of language programs in French, Spanish and Italian. A ground school course, offered through Huron Flight Centre, will be of interest to those seeking a commercial or private pilot's license.

Lambton College will host a series of corporate training half and full-day courses. This will be done in partnership with the Industrial Education Co-operative and Development Dimensions International.

The winter lineup also includes a host of computer programs, ranging from one day to one year in length. Students who register in certificate programs will now receive a free copy of the software for personal use along with in-class training.

Lambton College is expanding its online course offerings. This winter, 200 online credit and special interest courses will be available so that students can learn at their own pace, from home or office.

New courses include: medical clerk certificate, dispute resolution, genealogy, along with a variety of gardening courses and new computer courses.

For more information, call 519-541-2403 or 519-541-2431.

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