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ICTC and Seneca co-host Reach Ahead event for Toronto youth

ICTC and Seneca co-host Reach Ahead event to promote ICT learning to high school students in the Toronto Region

For Immediate Release - February 27, 2014 - The Information and Communications Technology Council(ICTC) and Seneca College are pleased to announce they will be co-hosting the Seneca-ICTC Reach Ahead Day event for high school students in the greater Toronto area on Friday, February 28th, 2014.

The all-day event looks to explore ICT learning and career awareness through workshops and seminars provided by Seneca’s School of Information and Communications Technology, located on the Newnham Campus. Over 100 students will be participating from various schools across the GTA including students from both the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto District Catholic School Board (TDCSB).

Students from grades 9-12 will be lead through innovative workshops that were specially designed to explore information and communications technologies (ICT) as viable career options. All activities are participatory, and include sessions on programming, electronics, robotics, networking, and communications.

“The demand for well-trained, engaged graduates from practical technology-based programs is steadily growing. A perceived skills shortage in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector is of real concern to current industry,” states Roderick Turner, curriculum coordinator of Seneca’s ICT programs at Newnham campus. “Preparing [youth] to enter these ICT fields requires careful selection of subjects through high school so that these post-secondary choices are available.”

The event hopes to increase youth participation in ICT related courses and programs at both the secondary and post-secondary school levels.

“It is our intent that by hosting these Reach Ahead Day events we are growing the next generation of ICT leaders in Canada and increasing our participation the global economy for years to come,” concludes Tracy Biernacki-Dusza, national program manager at ICTC.

For more information or media inquiries please contact:

Emily Jamieson, BAH BJ
Digital Communications and Youth Initiatives Specialist
Information and Communications Technology Council
Tel: 613-237-8551 ext. 122 (youth website)

Roderick D. Turner, BSc MSc PhD
Professor and Curriculum Coordinator
School of Information and Communications Technology
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Tel 416-491-5050 ext. 22411

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About Seneca:

Seneca offers more than an education. With campuses throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca’s size and diversity give students the advantage of partnerships with industry leaders, the latest in hands-on computer technology, a variety of class sizes, and full-time, part-time and continuing education options. Education should be flexible and accessible, so Seneca also employs various methods of teaching – from in-class lectures and online learning to co-op and field placements – in programs related to applied arts, business, financial services and technology.

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About ICTC:

ICTC is a centre of expertise in digital economy research, labour market intelligence, policy development, program management and delivery. Through our strong network of industry, academia and government, we enable the progress of Canada’s future economies by empowering industries to maintain a competitive advantage in a global market through a highly-skilled and innovative workforce.

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