High School Students Studying at NWCC

Terrace, BC, February 17, 2014--Coast Mountains School District 82 students in grade 10 are studying skilled trades at Northwest Community College (NWCC). Students spend a semester experiencing hands-on trades opportunities in the Intro to Trades 10 program, while continuing their academic studies.

Every weekday a bus arrives at NWCC’s Terrace campus with 40 high school students. Split into groups, they study Automotive Mechanics, Plumbing, Welding, Carpentry and Electrical with an NWCC Trades Instructor while also completing required grade 10 credits with a master secondary school teacher.

“Students soon realize the program instructors have a common goal, and that is to make the college experience a positive one,” says David Stranger, NWCC Trades Instructor. “We are all here to help them be successful in their chosen career path.”

A positive college experience encourages students to enrol in NWCC’s dual-credit ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training) program during grade 11 or 12. It can also help after graduation when returning to post-secondary studies, as they are equipped with essential skills and attitudes to work in skilled trades

Students receive meaningful exposure to trades and can make informed decisions regarding their secondary school program and career choices.

“We always look for programs and courses to engage students and give them opportunities for a successful future,” says Art Erasmus, Chair of the Board of Education, Coast Mountain School District. “The program also teaches students where and how to start a career in trades after graduation.”


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