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#YourPathSD42: Trades & Academies Info Night on Feb. 16

Ready to turn your passion into a career? Want to find out about the most in-demand trades? Interested in an academy?

On February 16, the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District is hosting a Trades & Academies Information Night that will include a presentation, question and answer session, and chance to meet some of the instructors.

“Students will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the diverse range of programs offered by SD42,” said Brad Dingler, secondary school apprenticeship and trades coordinator for SD42.

SD42 empowers students to discover their unique learning paths by offering more than 30 specialized programs of choice.

Whether you want job-ready skills to enter the work force immediately after graduating from high school or you want pursue post-secondary education, SD42’s programs of choice can help prepare you for your own unique career pathway.

Dingler says SD42 delivers a diverse range of trades programs that are designed to appeal to the varied interests of students and give them in-demand job skills.

“There’s a strong interest in the trades,” said Dingler. “There’s more recognition about the increased academic rigor that the trades provide. They are still hands-on but the level of technical expertise in the trades programs is really increasing. When you are entering the automotive trade, for example, you are entering into a trade of computer technology essentially.”

SD42 has partnered with various post-secondary institutions and trades training organizations to offer apprenticeship training programs to Grade 10, 11 and 12 students and adult learners.

The trades programs include: Auto Service Technician, Carpentry Level 1, Culinary Arts, Electrician Level 1 Apprenticeship, Hairstylist Program, Horticulture, Masonry, Metal Fabricator, and Plumbing Apprenticeship.

Students going into Grade 12 have the option of earning their graduation credits, as well as earning their first-year post-secondary certification and apprenticeship training – with no tuition fees. Students who are already working can also get course credit for working and earn a $1000 award.

“In our district, by partnering with post-secondary institutions to deliver the trades model locally, that saves kids the transportation costs, the travel time and the tuition fees that they would have to incur if they attended a trades program outside the school district,” he explained.

Students interested in focusing on a specialized interest also have more options than ever. SD42 recently added basketball, dance and hockey to its growing list of academies that allow students to pursue their passions while also earning their graduation requirements.

SD42 academies include: Basketball, Dance, Digital Arts, Hockey, Interdisciplinary Arts, Microsoft IT, Soccer, and Equestrian Academy.

Register to attend the info night at http://apprenticeship.sd42.ca


Learn more:

Trades & Academies Info Night
7-9 pm Thursday, February 16, 2017
Thomas Haney Secondary (rotunda)
23000 – 116th Avenue, Maple Ridge

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