TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - A new online contest that tests Ontario
high school students' knowledge of college will lead to one school
winning a great party this spring.
The contest, Win the Ultimate Party, launched today and quizzes students about the importance of a college
education. The high school with the highest percentage of its student
body successfully completing the quiz will win a year-end party
complete with three DJs (hip hop, house and techno, and electronica),
music, food, games and door prizes.
"Students will be eager to take this test," said Linda Franklin,
president and CEO of Colleges Ontario, which is running the contest.
"The ultimate party is a great prize for the winners."
Colleges Ontario is the advocacy organization for the province's 24
public colleges. The contest is part of the college sector's long-term
marketing efforts to encourage parents and students to learn more about
college and the careers available to college graduates.
Since 2008, the colleges have been running provincewide advertising
campaigns and contests that encourage students to pursue the higher
learning that best fits their interests and career goals. Often, that
will be one of the more than 600 programs offered at Ontario's 24
The Win the Ultimate Party contest quizzes students on everything from
the types of programs available at colleges to the number of graduates
produced each year. It includes clues to help students do well on the
test and learn more about higher education. The contest runs until
It's similar to an online contest the colleges ran last year that
awarded a concert by Down With Webster to the winning school's spring
prom. That contest, which attracted more than 30,000 unique visits to
the contest website, was won by Malvern Collegiate in Toronto.
Growing numbers of parents and students are recognizing the important
role colleges play in helping people pursue their career goals. Even in
this difficult economy, 83 per cent of college graduates find work
within six months of graduation, and more than 90 per cent of employers
are satisfied with the graduates they hired.
Ontario's colleges have experienced their highest-ever enrolment this
year, and the number of university graduates applying to college has
increased more than 40 per cent since 2007.
"Parents and students recognize the value of combining theoretical
learning and hands-on training through a college education," Franklin
said. "This contest will help more students to learn about the wide
range of options available to them after high school."
SOURCE Colleges Ontario
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