Francophone Youth in Barrie to benefit from Entrepreneurial Workshops

Francophone Youth in Barrie to benefit from Entrepreneurial Workshops

Barrie, November 27, 2013 – As a result of partnerships with the Conseil scolaire du district catholique Centre-Sud and the Conseil scolaire Viamonde, Collège Boréal is integrating an entrepreneurship component to traditional disciplines offered by three French-language secondary schools in Simcoe County. Collège Boréal is proud to announce that it will be offering four different workshops to more than 250 grade 10 and 11 students.

These workshops will help participants develop an entrepreneurial approach and provide an ideal environment for the development of general skills such as initiative, creativity and autonomy. “Through these workshops, youth will come to understand that the owner of an enterprise should not be the only one vested with the entrepreneurial spirit. Indeed, they should come to appreciate that it is actually a state of mind which allows any person to distinguish him or herself, either as the owner, a manager or an employee within a company,” according to Frédéric Boulanger, Regional Manager of Collège Boréal in Barrie.

This project, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, allows Collège Boréal in Barrie to consolidate its leadership position in the area of entrepreneurship in Simcoe County. It should also be noted that since 2011, 24 young participants have benefited from a Summer Enterprise Program.

“Collège Boréal in Barrie is grateful for the extraordinary collaboration it receives from French-language secondary schools in the region. Thanks to this cooperation, a number of innovative projects have been created, throughout the entire Central-Southwest,” added Boulanger. This has allowed Collège Boréal in Barrie to drive community economic development in the region. Indeed, Collège Boréal has become a partner of choice for various ministries, school boards and the community of Simcoe County. The Barrie campus is now located at 136 Bayfield Street.

About Collège Boréal

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary institution dedicated to the development and growth of Northern and Central-Southwestern Ontario populations through its network of 36 access centers, including 7 campuses, located in 27 communities. For the 12th time in 13 years, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation rate and, for the 9th time in 12 years, the highest graduate satisfaction rate of Ontario’s 24 colleges.


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