From Dual Credit to Level 4 Carpentry Apprentices
DAWSON CREEK – The end of November marked a unique accomplishment for four Carpentry Apprenticeship students at Northern Lights College.
The students completed all four levels of classroom instruction towards achieving Journeyperson Carpenter status.
Dawson Creek residents Cory Babkirk, Clayton Haugen and Cody Roberts enrolled at NLC in the Residential Construction Dual Credit program in September 2005. Jeremy Browne, who is from the Fort Nelson area, was also a member of that 2005 class.
Babkirk joked that originally he enrolled in the Residential Construction Dual Credit program because “it sounded better than book work.”
Now, three years later, he and his classmates leave NLC either as Journeypersons, or only needing a few more work-based hours to achieve that status. In addition, they will be working in an industry where their skills are in demand.
“No matter how the economy is, there is always going to be a need for carpenters,” said Haugen. “Even if it gets slow in one area of the country, there will always be work somewhere. Once you have that Red Seal, you’re able to go anywhere.”
In the Residential Construction program at NLC, students achieve a Residential Construction certificate and Levels 1 and 2 Carpentry Apprentice certificates, along with 600 hours credit toward required Carpentry Apprenticeship work-based hours.
The Dual Credit program allows students to register in College programming, such as Residential Construction, while still in secondary school. Students can earn both secondary and post-secondary credits through Dual Credit programming. Dual Credit programming is coordinated by NLC, in cooperation with area School Districts, and is promoted by Northern Opportunities.
Apprenticeship training cannot occur without industry support. In addition to classroom work, Apprentices must achieve practical working hours under the supervision of a Journeyperson.
These four students have been working for High Ridge Construction and Bear Mountain Construction to help complete their training and achieve the required total of 5,000 hours.