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Students to enter ‘Gateway to the Trades’ program

Students to enter ‘Gateway to the Trades’ program

A new project in School District 53 will target students who may find more success in the trades.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jim Insley said they plan to offer “Gateway to the Trades” at SOSS.

“It’s aimed at students who are not necessarily successful in school.”

Insley said the program will give students an introduction to a variety of trades in order to help them make an informed decision on potential careers.

The program, taught by an Okanagan College instructor, will be a 12-week course starting February 10. Successful students will receive 16 credits for the program, which is open to all pupils in the district. However, the target audience is “disengaged” students who have left school, and those receiving alternate schooling.

School board chair Marieze Tarr said this program is the hook that is needed to keep some students in the school system.

In the meantime, there are 95 students doing work experience in the district’s career preparation program.

School trustee Sam Hancheroff  said this flourishing program owes many thanks to the various sponsors (businesses) in the community. “A lot of businesses do a fantastic job by providing another opportunity to students when they graduate.”

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