Monday, April 14, 2008

Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario: centre of the PR universe?

One of the questions I’m often asked by students considering the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program at Loyalist College is, “Where exactly is Belleville?”

Once I explain we’re located on the shore of Lake Ontario, an equal distance between Ottawa and Toronto, I point out that our classroom is filled with a variety of university and college graduates from right across the country (and, in some cases, around the world).

This year, for instance, our class of 30 outstanding Loyalist PR students hail from the University of Toronto, the University of Manitoba, the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University, the University of Prince Edward Island, Queens University, the University of Western Ontario, Memorial University (Newfoundland), Loyalist College and Fanshawe College.

What’s more, our students find internships all across Canada with some of the nation’s leading PR firms, corporations, non-profit agencies and media outlets. We compete against the country’s very best, and are highly successful in our placement process.

As I write this blog, this year’s Loyalist PR students are completing internships with a variety of employers in cities like Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, London, St. John’s (Newfoundland), Mississauga, Ajax, as well as Belleville and the surrounding area.

Throughout the year, our students also enjoy guest visits from some of the brightest and the best PR professionals in Canada. During the past two semesters, for instance, we welcomed PR and communications professionals into our classroom from a broad range of organizations, including:

• Hill & Knowlton (Toronto)
• Argyle Communications (Toronto)
• World Wildlife Fund (Toronto)
• World Vision (Mississauga)
• Ontario Hockey League
• Hala Events & Communications (Toronto)
• Canada News Wire (Toronto)
• News Canada (Toronto)
• MarketWire (Toronto)
• Cake Beauty (Toronto)
• Mitsubishi Canada (Mississauga)
• Marshall Fenn (Toronto)
• MacDonald & Company (Toronto)
• Diana Robinson & Associations (Guelph)
• Office of Premier Gordon Campbell (Victoria, BC)

and many more.

Finally, Loyalist PR students enjoy field trips to cities such as Ottawa and Toronto, and regularly participate in CPRS Toronto chapter events.

In short, studying PR in Belleville offers the best of both worlds: all the advantages of a high-quality, one-year, post-graduate education while living in an affordable and safe community on one of the most beautiful college campuses in Ontario.

What’s not to love?

For more information about Loyalist College or enrolling in the Post-Graduate Public Relations, contact Professor Kerry Ramsay, Post-Graduate Public Relations Program Co-ordinator at kramsay@loyalistc.on.ca or call 1-888-LOYALIST, ext. 2127.

You can also enroll directly at the Ontario Colleges web site.

1 comment:

Marina Apperley said...

Registering into the PR program last fall was the best decision I have ever made. It provided me with a fantastic education, memories that will last a life time and a pr "family" that I will always cherish. Thank you Kerry for a great year. :)