Ottawa 2017 announced Wednesday a partnership with French-language college La Cité that will see its students take part in planning, development and delivery of Ottawa 2017 programs related to their academic courses.
“We want to engage young Canadians and get them excited about their country’s 150th birthday, while empowering them for the future,” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said in a statement. “Thanks to partnerships like the one with La Cité, Ottawa 2017 will be a year of celebration with lasting benefits for all residents.”
La Cité will also join Algonquin College in helping to create the “Host150” program, a training tool to help prepare tourism workers for the influx of visitors expected in 2017. The online tool will be launched this fall.
The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park is one spot where students will gain experience. Students enrolled in La Cité’s technology, skilled trades and media programs will work on architectural lighting for the building.
“By connecting our students to the workforce through Ottawa 2017, or through other job placement opportunities, we’re strengthening their college experience and providing them with the tools and networks they need to succeed in the community,” La Cité president Lise Bourgeois said in a statement.