East Kootenay Forest Education Highlights
Jim Jenkinson (Forest Educator)
YES 2 IT Trades Event Held in Cranbrook
Ninety Grade 9 students from 10 different schools from Golden to Creston converged on College of the Rockies in Cranbrook to take part in a project called YES 2 IT (Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training). The students were split into two groups of 45 each day on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 and 21. The Electrical, Welding and Carpentry shops at COTR operated hands-on projects for the students under the supervision of College faculty and student apprentices. Tours of the Heavy Duty/Transport Mechanics, Planermill and Timber Framing shops at the main campus and the Gold Creek Campus were also held. The day ended with a fun skills competition and barbecue at the College.
Project Coordinator Brian Conrad said the project "is designed to increase awareness of trades among younger students as well as their parents, educators and communities. It provides an opportunity for these students to have a hands-on experience in a trades-related atmosphere."
"Parents were encouraged to attend with their children," Conrad added. "It was a great opportunity for them to learn about the Apprenticeship system in BC in particular and trades training in general."
This event was sponsored by the Resources Training Organization and the Industry Training Authority, all three East Kootenay School Districts, Tembec Industries, RONA, Acklands, Teck Coal Corporation and WorkSafe BC in addition to the College of the Rockies Trades Department. (ED. Note: East Kootenay forest educator and local school trustee, Jim Jenkinson, was also once again on the planning committee for this year's Yes2IT event.)
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