Trades and Transitions

SD73 has numerous career-related opportunities for our students to take advantage of while in their high school years. Many programs earn dual credits for students which mean university or trades (apprenticeship) credit is earned as well as British Columbia Dogwood Diploma credits for the same program.


 DigiPen - Game Development

The DigiPen Program is a project–based curriculum targeted at grade 11 and 12 students who are interested in software design. Over the course of the program, students develop skills in digital art, design, computer programming, mathematics and project management. Students will create approximately five video game projects in addition to several smaller animation and design activities, working both individually and in small groups. Throughout the program, guest speakers from industry will talk with students about opportunities in local companies and post-secondary education. These conversations, combined with field trips that take us around the province, help students gain an appreciation for the scope of opportunities available to them, should they choose to pursue a career in the digital media industry.

Who attends: Grade 11 and 12 students

Date:  Semester 1, September - January

Location: Sa-Hali Secondary School

Fee: $300.00 - Due at the time of application

Application due date:  February 22, 2019

Application:  Full DigiPen Application 2019  (Please print one sided. Do Not double side application)


This one year program is designed to allow students to be taught by a Red Seal instructor. Students are registered as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and will learn and have a firm foundation in the following:

  • Theory of hairdressing fundamentals
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Establishing a professional image
  • Salon ecology (hygiene, bacteriology and sanitation)
  • Advanced hair services (Cutting, hair colouring and permanent waving)
  • Retail sales and marketing
  • Salon management

Who attends:  All district students can apply in grade 10 or 11, program commencing second semester of their grade 11 year

Date: February 2020 to January 2021 (Second semester of school year, 300 work experience hours over the summer and first semester of the following year)

Location: NorKam Senior Secondary

Fee: $1,260.00 (Includes $60.00 non-refundable deposit, all supplies and textbook)

Application due date: Full Application Hairsylist 2020 (Please print one sided. Do Not double side application)


International Baccalaureate Programme

SD73 offers an International Bacalaureate Programme (IB) at NorKam Senior Secondary School.  IB programmes challenge students to excel in their studies and encourage both personal and academic achievement. For more information about the IB program please go to

 NorKam Trades Samplers - Want to try a Trade?

These dual credit programs are designed to offer students a hands-on opportunity in gaining basic understanding construction trades.

The approach supports safe workplace practices, student skill development and encourages design, planning, production and evaluation of various sampler techniques and projects. The samplers provide students with tangible skills and assist their understanding of the trades as a profession. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for trades that are in their everyday lives.

The Samplers are a one semester program (16 credits) offered in the Fall and/or Spring at the Trades and Technology Centre at the NorKam Senior Secondary School Campus.  All students from SD73 are eligible for the program. Students outside of NorKam’s catchment area will return to their home school at the end of the one semester program.

Who attends: All district students in grades 10, 11 and 12

Date: Semester 1 or Semester 2

Location: NorKam Trades Centre

Fee: TRU Registration fee $29.25

Application due date: February 21, 2019

Application: Sampler Application 2019-2020 (Please print one sided. Do Not double side application)


Construction Sampler

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Construction Craft Worker

Industrial Sampler

  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Machinist
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Steamfitter / Pipefitter
  • Instrumentation Mechanic (to be held at TRU)

Mechanical Sampler

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Motorcycle and small engines
  • Welding
TRU Start Courses - A head start on university during grade 12

One first year university course per semester, taken in the evening. Upon completion, can be placed on your high school transcript as a grade 12 elective course, for high school credit.

Courses: various

Dates: contact TRU future students office (250-828-5006 or

Fees: All costs paid by part time student grant - see attached application for more information.

Application:  TRU Start Courses Application Form

 TRU Start (Healthcare Assistant or Early Childhood Educator)

TRU Start Programs; Healthcare Assistant or Early Childhood Educator.  These are full year programs that are taken at TRU.

Who attends: Any district student who meets the criteria listed in the TRU Start application and has the recommendation of his or her school.

Date: Students attend in their grade 12 year.

Location:  Thompson Rivers University

Fee: Tuition is paid by the School District the ancillary fees are the responsibilities of the student. Generally the fees are $180-$200 per course.

Application due date: February 20, 2019

Application: Full Application TRU Start Programs 2019  (Please print one sided. Do Not double side application)

 Youth Train in Trades - TRU Trades Program

The Youth Train In Trades (YTIT) program allows high school students to take technical training that gives them dual credit for high school courses and apprenticeship or industry training programs. This is an innovative partnership between TRU and SD73.  As early as grade 10 students can apply to pursue an apprenticeship career path to obtain the first level of technical training in a particular trade in their grade 12 year.  Each YTIT program is tuition free (Note: Please see the current Youth Train In Trades application for details as some fees apply).

Who attends: Students in their grade 12 year

Facilitator: Trades and Transitions Coordinator

Date: Semesters and start dates vary

Location: Thompson Rivers University or NorKam Trades Centre for the Millwright program

Fee: Ancillary fees range from $1,800 - $2,400 (depends on the length of the program and tools required)

Application due date: February 22, 2019 in your grade 10 or 11 year


Grade 10 Application for school year 2020/2021  (Please print one sided. Do Not double side application)

Grade 11 Application for school year 2019/2020  (Please print one sided. Do Not double side application)

 Youth Work in Trades - Have a job?

Any student currently employed with a ticketed tradesperson is eligible for the Youth Work In Trades Program.  Students may earn up to 16 credits (four senior courses) if they are enrolled in the YWIT Program.

The criteria includes:

  • Working in a paid position
  • Working with a qualified trade's person
  • Enrolled in a school

With 900 hours and a C+ average in grade 12 students also qualify for a $1,000 award from the government.

Who attends: This is an opportunity for students 15 years and older who are working with a ticketed trade’s person.

Date: Begins when the student turns 15 years

Application due date: Ongoing


 Foresty and Environmental Studies Camp - McQueen Lake

The Forestry and Environmental Studies Camp is a three day camp that has been hosted at the McQueen Lake Environmental Education Centre.  The learning takes place in the forest and aquatic ecosystems at the Centre or close proximity.  The students learn about the diversity of various environments and the range of employment opportunities that could become careers or work experiences while taking further education. Students interested in a career in any of the following areas would be advised to attend the camp to learn more about the subject.

  1. Ecology, Silviculture – ecosystems, soil pits, plant and tree identification
  2. Entomology – bark beetles, defoliators and other forest pests
  3. Air Photos and Mapping – reading of maps and air photos, use of stereoscope
  4. Search and Rescue – compassing, search plan and implementation
  5. Range Ecology and Management – Lac du Bois grasslands
  6. Tree Planting – BEC Zones, planting and restoration
  7. Fire Management – hand tools, fire pump operation, skills competition
  8. Aquatics – aquatic ecosystems, use of microscopes
  9. First Nations – edible plants, medicines, culture
  10. Forest Measurements – GPS, tree height, diameter, age and volume

Who attends: Twenty-six grade 11-12 students are selected

Date: Early October

Location: McQueen Lake Environmental Camp

Fee: $75.00

Application due date: June 30, 2019.  Limited 2 Students per school. 
September 3-11, 2019 all remaining spots will open up without a limit.

Application: Forestry Environmental Studies Application 2019

Important Information: Forestry & Environmental Camp Packing List

 Heavy Metal Rocks

The Heavy Metal Rocks Project will provide opportunities for students to explore the wide variety of rewarding career choices as heavy equipment operators in the construction industry. Twenty six grade 11 and 12 students from SD73 will begin with heavy machinery as part of Heavy Metal Rocks, a program designed to provide on-the-job experience to students as they consider career options before returning to class next week.

At the T’Kemlups Indian Band gravel pit, the students begin their program at 7:30am.  During the three days they rotate through different stations, experiencing 13 different types of heavy construction equipment, under the direction of experienced operators who also act as mentors.

More than 50 companies and sponsors, along with a large number of individuals volunteer hours, equipment, and supplies, to make this program a success.

Who attends: All district students in grades 10, 11 and 12 can apply although preference is given to grade 12 students

Date:  March 27-30, 2019

Location: T’Kemlups Indian Band gravel pit

Fee: $175.00

Application due date: January 18, 2019

Special requirements:

  • Students selected will also complete first aid, construction site safety and WHMIS prior to the event
Application: 2019/2020 School Year application to be out approx. November 2019.  Contact Kira Wood at for more information.


Junior Fire Crew Workshop

The students that successfully complete each phase of the selection process will attend the workshop and experience a variety of activities that a fire crew trainee would experience but in a capsulated format. Students will receive instruction and lectures in fire suppression, communication, teamwork, physical training and a variety of other topics. They will be required to work in a team and partake in all of the planned activities

Who attends: All district students in grades  11 and 12 can apply although preference will be given to grade 12 students

Date: April 25 - 27  (8:00am - 5:30pm each day)

Location: Kamloops Wildfire Center      

Fee: $60

Application due date: April 8, 2019

Application: 2020 Fire Crew Workshop applications will open in January 2020.  Contact Kira Wood at for more information.

 RCMP Youth Academy

This program is designed for the participation of 26 high school students aged 16 to 18 years who are interested in police work or law enforcement as a possible future career. The RCMP Youth Academy will be held in Kamloops during spring break. The students who attend the Academy experience a variety of activities that a police cadet would experience, but in an abridged format. This program is designed to place students in an RCMP Training Academy environment similar to depot.  Meals, lodging and the track suit uniform will be supplied.

Who attends: All district students in grades 10, 11 and 12 can apply although preference will be given to grade 12 students

Date: Spring break

Location: Brock Middle School        

Fee: $300 for School District No. 73 students and $500 for out of district applicants

Bussing: None

Special requirements:

  • Selection is made in conjunction with a criminal record check and a fitness test.

Application due date: Mid December 2019

 RCMP Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)


Students can apply to RCMP Youth Advisory Committee in September to attend the December meeting. Selected students spend a day with members of the RCMP and school district staff to discuss issues as they relate to youth in our city and region. Students representing all schools and a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds are included on this Committee.

Who attends: District students from grades 10, 11 and 12

Date: Mid December

Location: Henry Grube Education Centre

Fee: None

Application due date: November 14, 2018

Application:  2019/2020 School Year application to be out approx. September 2019.  Contact Kira Wood at for more information.


 Take our Kids to Work Day

This is a national program where parents take their own sons and daughters to work for the day. The purpose of the day is to show children what “work” looks like and to explore career opportunities.

Who attends: Students in grade 9 whose parents are interested in this opportunity for their child

Date: November 14, 2018

Location: Varies with parents’ work place.

Poster and Concent form.

For more information, please contact:

Rob Wielgoz - Vice Principal of Trades and Transitions at

Kerry Gairdner - District Coordinator of Trades and Transitions at

Rick Kienlein - Director of Secondary Education at

Kira Wood - Administrative Assistant for Trades and Transitions at


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