The Municipality of South Dundas is collaborating with area businesses, organizations, and higher education institutions in the battle to keep Seaway District High School in the community. With the threat of a closure due to the Upper Canada District School Board’s Pupil Accommodation Review process, the Municipality has taken steps towards assisting with the introduction of a Specialist High Skills Major program in Information and Communications Technology at the school. The Municipality has received Letters of Support from Carleton University, St. Lawrence College, Eastern Ontario Training Board, Ross Video and Big River Technologies Inc for this program.
“The UCDSB wants to ensure they have the right schools in the right places, and we want to show them that Seaway District High School is one of those schools,” said Rob Hunter, Economic Development Officer for the Municipality of South Dundas. “Seaway is in a unique position to offer this course because of the community organizations that are willing to support it and make it a success, inevitably drawing more students to the school,” said Hunter.
The course will provide students with a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills. It will give them a head start on their future by providing them with crucial on-the-job training with actual employers while aligning the skills of students with the future needs of the community.
The Municipality of South Dundas has been focused on communicating the potential of Seaway District High School since the announcement of a possible closure. “We’ve viewed the potential closing as an opportunity to show the Board just what Seaway can be. We are confident the school has a vibrant and bright future.”