|VOCATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK TO MARK LAUNCH OF NEW ENGLISH WEBSITE TO PROMOTE PROGRAMS IN MONTREAL|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 14. 2004— The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB), with the support of the Direction régionale de Montréal of the Ministry of Education, will kick off Vocational Education Week on Mon. Nov. 1 (10 a.m.) with the launch of a new English website (www.clickvoc.qc.ca) designed to promote secondary level vocational training on the island of Montreal. It will fittingly take place at the printing presses of The Montreal Gazette Newspaper (7001 St. Jacques Street) in N.D.G. This massive facility employs a wide array of professionals in technical fields.
Alan Allnutt, the recently appointed publisher of The Gazette, will address the gathering.
This user-friendly site, which has been very successful since its French debut a year ago, features an attractive home page with caricatures of six individuals. Readers are invited to click on each person and select the one whose slogan best represents their own career objectives.
The site provides comprehensive details on every vocational program available on the island of Montreal. In the "Explore the careers that interest you" category there is an alphabetical listing of occupations and a series of statements such as "I enjoy repairing, building, maintaining and manufacturing," followed by choices such as cabinetmaking and welding. In "programs of study," everything is broken down into 21 easy to find sectors from Administration, Commerce and Computer Technology to Beauty Care. Important program admission information is available while special events of interest to students are highlighted. Students will find the details about where they can get help very useful. This includes guidance, academic and career counseling, financial assistance and government resources. A complete list of the different educational institutions offering vocational programs is available and there is also a helpful selection of frequently asked questions. A quiz containing 60 questions helps people develop personal profiles.
This website promotes the fact that these qualified graduates use their skills and talents to serve people in all fields of activity.
At the launch on Nov. 1, Heather Grace of Jobboom will provide an overview of the site while there will also be testimonials by Mary Ann Veluz, a graduate in Printing from the EMSB’s Rosemount Technology Centre, who previously did an internship at The Gazette and Eric Schumacher, from the Pearson Adult and Career Centre Butchery program. Other speakers will include Rosario Ortona and Viviane Croubalian from the EMSB and the LBPSB respectively. Wendy Desmarteaux, vice-president of operations for The Gazette, will welcome everyone on hand to tour the printing press facility.
Michael J. Cohen