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Monday, January 8, 1996
340 still seeking jobs
The placement rate for co-op students this term stands at 90 per
cent, says Bruce Lumsden, director of
education and career services. That means there are 3,200
students with co-op jobs right now -- and 340 without. "Half of these
students entering the work force for
the first time," Lumsden points out.
He says the 90 per cent placement "is
a similar rate to last winter but
with fewer students (170) eligible for employment." He calls it
"excellent considering the overall job market and economy", but
that's a big "considering". Says Lumsden: "We
are starting to see the effects of public sector
cutbacks at both the provincial and federal levels. We estimate that 400
coop jobs have disappeared over the last three years. At the same time,
however, we have been able to maintain the coop job base to support the
coop enrolments each year in spite of a fluctuating economy.
"The next while will be a challenge for post-secondary education in Ontario
and in Canada."
Plans? "We will continue to search out job leads while at the same
time liaise with
the co-op students on their work term. Anyone having information as to job
opportunities are asked to contact myself or a manager or one of our
coordinators who are located in Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa and
The decision on bus passes: No
Students' council had a lively meeting yesterday and eventually voted
not to go ahead right now with a proposal to turn the WatCard into a Kitchener
Transit bus pass. The motion that was defeated would have called a
student referendum next month on imposing a transit fee to allow the
card to provide unlimited rides on local buses.
It became clear that the proposal on hand from Kitchener Transit
wasn't worked out in enough detail.
"Council asked some very important and testing questions," Trish Mumby
comments this morning from the Federation of
Students office. "They didn't feel that students would
have enough information . . . council was also very concerned that
KT hadn't consulted the university administration, such as the WatCard
people. . . . One councillor from engineering wondered if KT had done
an environmental assessment of the area and how increased bus use
would affect it."
Mumby notes that students' council did vote "to continue work" between
Kitchener Transit and a student committee. "Council indicated they were
open to the concept and would not be surprised to see it go to
referendum next year."
Notes from the parking office
"We are back at it," says parking manager Elaine Koolstra, meaning the
conversion of UW's parking lots to a new card and record system. "We
will be handing out notices at parking lots N and R" -- those are the
ones by the Columbia Street entrance to campus. Registration will begin
this Thursday, January 11, and run through the 18th. Users of lots N
and R should fill out the form they'll be handed (you can get one at
the parking office if you somehow miss the handout) and bring it, along
with the existing parking card, to the parking office in the General
Services Complex, which is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday.
"We still have some student parking available," Koolstra also says,
"in lots A and W, at $74.40 for the winter term. There are also
spots available at the Villages and Columbia Lake Townhouses, if
you are a resident there, for $56 a term."
What's happening today
- It's the first day on which applications for the
retirement program will be accepted. Applications arriving
any time this week (handed in at the human resources office, in
person) will be grouped with those received on the first official
day of the program, January 15.
- It's the day to sign up for competitive and recreational league
activity in the
recreation program. Sign-up for instructional programs begins
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