Lakehead Receives Funding to Employ Young Graduates

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2009 Thunder Bay campus Career Focus Program participants (left to right) Dushan Zuber, Ian McIntosh, Nicholas Chamut, Rebecca Kaija, Anna Wease

(Thunder Bay, Ontario September 17, 2009) Lakehead University will receive a total of $161,816 to employ 11 young, new graduates this fall through Service Canada's Career Focus Program.

Providing youth with full-time employment for up to 26 weeks, the goal of the Career Focus Program is to offer meaningful work, experience, and training related to the graduate's field of study. Through the Career Focus Program, young northerners seeking to launch and build their careers in Northern Ontario and Orillia will have access to work placements and internships. Employers will be able to invest in training a highly skilled young workforce, and prepare them for future employment and success at both locations.

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2009 Orillia campus Career Focus Program participants (left to right) William Urbanski, Jessica Mackle, Emma Fedderson

As part of this program, the Thunder Bay Campus will receive $87,118 in subsidies to employ 6 graduates in a variety of departments including Student Affairs, Continuing Education and Distributed Learning, Technology Services Centre, and Financial Services. The remaining $74,698 will be used by Lakehead's Orillia Campus to subsidize 5 graduates in their Technology Services Centre, and Student Services department. The administration of the Career Focus Program will be handled by Career and Co-operative Education Services in co-operation with Financial Services at the Thunder Bay campus.

Dushan Zuber, Career Focus Program participant, says, "This program is a great opportunity for young graduates to gain hands-on experience in the working world. Getting started in your career can be scary, but this program guides and supports the participants in the right direction while allowing them to learn and develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities that are useful for future employment. It is difficult to find employment in today's tight economy so in order to compete, experience is very important. Education paired with experience is a formula for success."

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2009 Orillia campus Career Focus Program participants working for the Orillia campus in Thunder Bay (left to right) Jennifer Patola, Abdiaziz Dayr

Career Focus is a federally funded program targeted to young post-secondary education graduates and is designed to meet the needs of a knowledge-based economy. The Career Focus program objectives are to:

  • increase the supply of highly qualified people
  • facilitate the transition of highly skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market
  • promote the benefits of advanced studies and
  • demonstrate federal leadership by investing in the skills required to meet the needs of the knowledge economy

For more information about the Lakehead U and Service Canada partnership initiative, please visit To learn more about the Service Canada Career Focus Program, please visit


About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,900 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

Last updated September 17, 2009

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