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U.S. And Canadian Middle-school Students Coming Together At Clarkson April 7 At Slic-Orion Conference

Two hundred local sixth-grade students will meet with their peers from Cornwall, Ontario, at “Building Bridges,” the SLIC Network Solutions-Orion Power Educational Conference, next Friday, April 7, at Clarkson University.

The theme “Building Bridges” reflects the newly formed relationship between local middle schools and businesses, and a Canadian middle school.  The conference will feature workshops and team-building exercises. 

The four middle schools participating in the conference are St. Mary’s School in Potsdam, Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Parishville-Hopkinton Central School and Gladstone Public School in Cornwall, Ontario.

Mark Cornett, president of SLIC Network Solutions, will speak on the “Importance of Building Bridges” during the opening ceremony.

“This is just the kind of program that SLIC loves to support, because it furthers SLIC’s goal of encouraging positive economic development in the North Country,” says Cornett.  “This program teaches and helps to develop technological skills in our local youth.  The future of the economic development in the North Country lies in the skills and technological abilities of our workforce.”

Students will participate in a number of educational and entertainment activities throughout the day, culminating in a closing ceremony Friday evening, highlighted by a speech by Jorge Villali, project engineer at Orion Power.

The partnership is facilitated by a team of five graduate students from Clarkson’s School of Business, through its Educational Partnership Program.  This year, the team has conducted team-building activities and career assessments at each of the schools.  They have also completed a Web page that will be hosted by SLIC, and are facilitating an art project with the four middle schools that will be displayed at the conference.

Through the partnership, SLIC Network Solutions, Orion Power and Clarkson University seek to enhance the lives of young people by using technology and creativity as a vehicle to increase cultural awareness, career development, leadership and team building skills.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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