|EMSB CAREER FAIR EXPANDS|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 7, 2003- More than 3,000 students are expected to attend the English Montreal School Board’s (EMSB) fourth annual Career Fair at St. Pius X High School (9955 Papineau) in Ahuntsic on Tuesday, October 28, Wednesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 30. This year’s theme is "Focus on Tomorrow" and the event, which has been extended an extra day, is being sponsored by RBC Royal Bank (www.royalbank.com) and Service de Peinture Eric Incorporé (www.peinture-eric.com).
The Student Services and Adult Education and Vocational Services Departments of the EMSB coordinate this program, Chairman John Szuber, the assistant director at the Shadd Business Centre notes that the main objective of the Career Fair is to provide Secondary V and senior adult education students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them. The third day will be devoted to Secondary IV students, providing them with an opportunity to start charting their respective futures two years in advance of graduation. "We feel very fortunate to be in an expansion mode," says Mr. Szuber. "The earlier we get these young people looking towards their post-secondary options, the better."
A new feature to this year’s Career Fair will involve the two corporate sponsors taking an active role. RBC Royal Bank and Peinture Eric will both meet with students over the course of the three days and discuss summer employment opportunities. RBC Royal Bank, in fact, will provide details on a wide array of careers that can be pursued inc the financial services sector.
Each participating Secondary V high school and adult education student will take part in a general session of 30 minutes in the St. Pius X auditorium, during which time presentations will include information with respect to CEGEP and vocational educational programs, as well as admission requirements. There will also be testimonials from EMSB vocational education students who are presently finishing their programs. The dynamic Hugh Adams, guidance counsellor at Lester B. Pearson High School, will serve as the moderator on stage. Students will then have the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres, CEGEPS, universities, the Canadian Armed Forces and Youth Employment Services. Secondary IV students will only be exposed to the latter part of the program, since this is only an introduction for them.
Larry Smith, the president and publisher of The Montreal Gazette, will serve as a special keynote speaker on the opening day of the Career Fair.
"On the eve of their graduation from high school students have many questions about their future," says Tina Stoupakis, vice-chair of the Career Fair and the guidance counsellor at Vincent Massey Collegiate. "We believe this type of program will give them a better idea of what options are available so that they can make well informed choices regarding their vocational plan."
Michael J. Cohen