Great Shed Auction Supports North Island College Trades Students

Students from NIC’s first Trades Sampler program are auctioning off their class projects to support future trades students.

Three impressive custom-built sheds are identical, each featuring a window, workbench, double doors, a wired light socket and electrical outlet. They are available to the public now until June 15, via an online auction.

“This is a great chance to get a storage or work shed for your yard, and support local students,” said Cheryl O’Connell, NIC’s dean of trades and technical programing.

The Trades Sampler is a partnership between NIC and School District 72 and is sponsored by BC’s Industry Training Authority. It provides Grade 11 and 12 students an opportunity to spend a semester exploring trades programming as they consider their career options.

“It’s a chance for students to gain invaluable exposure to theory and hands-on training in a variety of trades including carpentry, electrical, auto service tech, heavy mechanical, plumbing and welding before they graduate,” said O’Connell, who thanked Diana Camerin, Timberline Secondary and SD72 career facilitator, for the pilot program’s success.  

Funds from the auction will support future trades students through NIC Foundation scholarships and bursaries.

For shed measurements, or to place a bid, visit

Original article from North Island College