Trades and Transitions Programs at Historic High Levels

Posted On Tuesday October 06, 2020

Enrolment levels for some Trades and Transitions(TNT) programs are at historic highs this fall, and more students seem keen to experience hands-on learning, according to District Vice-Principal Rob Wielgoz. In a presentation to the Board of Education regular meeting on Oct. 5, Weilgoz said 105 students are registered in the Youth Work in Trades (YWIT) program, up from the previous high of 89. Participation in the Hairstyling and Trades Sampler programs is also higher than ever. 

“We are hearing from families, and there appears to be a hunger for experiential learning, almost as a response to the pandemic,” said Wielgoz. “These are encouraging numbers because interest had declined in March and April, also due to the pandemic.”

Wielgoz said interest in TNT rebounded quickly, and by mid-May a number of programs were wait-listed.

Health and safety measures that were first piloted with the Millwright program have now been put in place to protect students and staff in all TNT programming. This includes measures like clear vinyl sheeting to protect people from each other in shop settings and strict physical distancing practices.

“In addition, all our students carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with them, and they are being trained to wipe down every piece of equipment, every time they use it,” said Wielgoz.

Wielgoz showed the Board a video created by a hairstyling student, Kara Floyd, who wanted to explain how the program is changing her life. Kar

Parents wondering how they can help their children prepare and apply for TNT programs are invited to attend an interactive online session, Parents as Education and Career Coaches. This interactive

Parents as Education and Career Coaches

An interactive session designed to support parents in guiding their student in making informed decisions about their education and career choices after high school. The session is being offered through the Ministry of Education’s Education Planner BC, on Oct. 21, 2020, from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM.

The session will provide an overview of resources and pathways to careers, supports available at post-secondary institutions, and information about scholarships and financial aid. Parents are being asked to register for this free event, before 3:00 PM on Oct. 21.

Register here for the session, Parents as Education and Career Coaches

 

Trades and Transitions Programs and Events

The following TNT programs and events are available for students in the district:

Trades

  • Trades Sampler
    • Applications available in November for Sept. 2021
  • Trades Certification
    • Applications available in November for Sept. 2021
  • Trades Experience – Youth Work in Trades
  • Hairstyling
    • Applications available in November for Feb. 2022

 Transitions

  • Digital Arts and Technology Academy
    • Applications available in November for Sept. 2021
  • International Baccalaureate Program
    • Applications available in November for Sept. 2021
  • Early Childhood Education
    • Applications available in November for Sept. 2021
  • Health Care Assistant Education
    • Applications available in November for Sept. 2021
  • Police and Justice Studies
    • Applications available in November for Sept. 2021
  • TRU Start Courses
    • Applications due before May 1, 2020

 Events

  • Oct. 15, 2020 - Forestry and Environmental Camp
  • Early December, 2020 - Girls Exploring Trades and Technology
  • Spring Break 2021 - RCMP Youth Academy
  • TBA - RCMP Youth Advisory Committee
  • TBA - Heavy Metal Rocks
  • TBA - Junior Fire Crew
  • Nov. 4, 2020 - Take Our Kids to Work Day

 

 

 

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