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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New funding boosts success for rural secondary students
6 March 2006, Belleville, Ontario—Two HPEDSB secondary schools are the recipients of provincial funding intended to meet the needs of students in rural schools. Both North Hastings High School and Prince Edward Collegiate Institute will each receive over $55,000 through the new Lighthouse Funding grant.

“This funding is a tremendous benefit for NHHS and PECI. Students at both schools and the local communities are the beneficiaries. The schools can continue offering programs like Forest Industry Related Skills Training (FIRST) and Trading Up, both of which give students on-the-job work experience and direct contact with local employers. After graduating, these students can pursue related work within their community,” remarks Judy Edgar, Chair of the Board.

At North Hastings High School, $56,000 will be used to enhance the Northern Outdoor Studies and the Forest Industry Related Skills Training programs which offer students practical, project-based experiences with multiple community businesses and the Ministry of Natural Resources.

At Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, the $62,000 will be used to expand a specialized instructional training resource centre to support the new Trading Up construction skills training program.

“Our plan for rural Ontario recognizes that when young people have access to quality education in local schools, our communities benefit,” states Leona Dombrowsky, MPP for Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington. “We are making it easier for rural students to explore future career options and pursue their post-secondary destination of choice.”

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 46 elementary and eight secondary schools serving 18,400 students, employing 1,070 teachers and 705 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354