February 16, 2018

Belleville, Ontario, February 16, 2018 – Loyalist College will host a Skills Ontario Career Exploration Event for Young Women in the College’s Bay of Quinte Skills Centre on Thursday, February 22. The day will be supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship Program at Loyalist.

This initiative will provide girls in grades 8 and 9 with an opportunity to learn about careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Participants will meet, network, and enjoy a meal with female mentors who have chosen a career in the skilled trades and technologies, and who have a passion for their field.

“We are looking forward to welcoming more than 80 students from Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board and Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board to campus where they will learn about skilled trades education and career options,” said Ann Drennan, Sr. Vice-President Academic and Chief Learning Officer at Loyalist College. “They will engage in a hands-on Carpentry activity, tour the College, and participate in two panels with other women who are currently studying or have graduated from skilled trades and technology programs at the College. Nurturing leadership in these industries through mentorship is central to the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship at Loyalist and beyond.”

What:          Skills Ontario Career Exploration Event for Young Women
When:          Thursday, February 22
                    9:50 am – 1:45 pm (lunch included)
Where:         Loyalist College, Belleville Campus
Cost:            $15 per student

For more information about Skills Ontario Career Exploration Events for Young Women, please contact Samantha Fisher at To receive photos of the event, please contact Loyalist College Marketing & Communications.

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About The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship
The Fellowship offers tuition and bursary incentives, as well as academic and professional support, to encourage students to train for and succeed in skilled trades careers. What began as a pilot project in 2013 with just 15 students and apprentices has since grown with support for more than 150 students entering skilled trades programs. During the course of their studies, recipients who maintain a specified minimum average may receive up to $4,000 in bursaries from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and a tuition credit from the College. In addition, the Foundation has provided funding to support outreach activities, including PD events for teachers, to increase awareness of the opportunities in skilled trades. A huge thank you to The W. Garfield Weston Foundation for this outstanding support which makes such a difference to individuals and to our communities.

About Loyalist College

Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 65 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million annually – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913 ext. 2536