Centre for Arts And Technology Programs Address Concerns over Anticipated Labor Shortages in Canadian High-tech Sector

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As Canada's Baby Boomer generation (ages 40-59) -- the country's largest ever -- phases into retirement, companies anticipate a serious shortage of skilled workers. To help address the impending need for skilled workers, The Centre for Arts and Technology presents immediate opportunities for cutting-edge, high-tech training at three expanding centres in Kelowna, Fredericton and Halifax.

Our centres offer the most sought-after industry specializations: diplomas and certificates in 3D Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Audio Engineering, Event and Talent Management, Graphic and Digital Media Design, 3D Game Animation, Interior Design, Network Security and other emerging careers in the entertainment and IT industries.

As Canada's Baby Boomer generation (ages 40-59) -- the country's largest ever -- phases into retirement, companies anticipate a serious shortage of skilled workers. The Conference Board of Canada identifies the aging population and its workforce impact as one of the top challenges facing Canadian organizations.

The Conference Board anticipates that over 90,000 jobs in the information technology sector will need to be filled in the next three to five years. Blame the dire scenario on socio-demographic factors, the tech bubble's 2002 burst, and a drop in university enrollment in IT programs, according to Dr. Michael Bloom, Conference Board vice-president of organizational effectiveness.

To help address the impending need for skilled workers, The Centre for Arts and Technology presents immediate opportunities for cutting-edge, high-tech training at three expanding centres in Kelowna, Fredericton and Halifax.

Director of Marketing Melanie Biccum states: "Our centres offer the most sought-after industry specializations: diplomas and certificates in 3D Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Audio Engineering, Event and Talent Management, Graphic and Digital Media Design, 3D Game Animation, Interior Design, Network Security and other emerging careers in the entertainment and IT industries."

She recommends those considering these training opportunities to consider these facts:
. Employees in the tech sector currently earn 45% more money than the average Canadian (Statistics Canada)
. Canada is home to the largest game development studio in the world
. Well-educated and trained employees can demand better wages, benefits and working conditions - or easily find a better job

Program participants will enjoy - and greatly benefit from - comprehensive, practical training provided by a talented faculty of experienced industry professionals. All three centres are Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) accredited schools.

To reserve one of the limited spaces for programs beginning in July, review programs at these campus locations:

Kelowna http://www.digitalartschool.com/kelowna

Digital Filmmaking (12-15 month program)
Digital Photography (12 month program)

Halifax http://www.digitalartschool.com/halifax

Digital Filmmaking (12-15 month program)
Network Security Specialist (18 month program)
Graphic & Digital Media Design (15 -18 month program)

Fredericton http://www.digitalartschool.com/fredericton

Interior Design (21-24 month program)
3D Game Animation (21-24 month program)
Graphic & Digital Media Design (15 -18 month program)

To learn more about the future, visit http://www.digitalartschool.com or contact a campus at:

Kelowna Campus
Landmark Technology Centre
Suite 100 - 1632 Dickson Avenue
Kelowna BC V1Y 7T2
Phone: (250) 860-ARTS (2787)
Toll free: 1-866-860-ARTS (2787)
Fax: (250) 712-1083

Halifax Campus
1577 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova ScotiaB3J 1Z7
Phone: (902) 429-1847
Toll Free: 1-866-429-1847
Fax: (902) 423-5414

Fredericton Campus
130 Carleton St
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 3T4
Phone: (506) 460-1280
Toll free: 1-877-369-1888
Fax: (506) 460-1289

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