SD 59 students learn about Dual Credit at NLC

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By , February 20, 2009

SD 59 students learn about Dual Credit at NLC
 

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Welding were two of NLC’s Dual Credit programs available to School District 59 students during the Feb. 18 YES-2-IT event at the Dawson Creek Campus.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Welding were two of NLC’s Dual Credit programs available to School District 59 students during the Feb. 18 YES-2-IT event at the Dawson Creek Campus.

DAWSON CREEK – Approximately 160 grades 9-10 students from throughout School District 59 had the opportunity to sample Dual Credit programming available at Northern Lights College.
 
The students visited NLC’s Dawson Creek and South Peace campuses on Feb. 18 for the annual YES-2-IT (Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training) event.
 
The event allows the students to learn about Dual Credit programs available in Dawson Creek or through distributed delivery.
 
“YES-2-IT is a chance for students to take information home so that parents know more about what Dual Credit is,” said Lorelee Friesen, recruiter for the Dawson Creek Campus, and organizer of the event. “They learn which programs are available for Dual Credit, and they get important information on the prerequisite courses needed in secondary school to qualify.”
 
A unique aspect of YES-2-IT is its focus on hands-on involvement, as students are encouraged to try out aspects of their selected programs through activities that are developed and overseen by the program instructors specifically for this event.
 
For example, students built birdhouses in Carpentry/Residential Construction, tried different types of welding, completed a drawing in Visual and Graphic Communication Arts, tried hair dying in Hairstylist/Cosmetology, took apart a computer in Northern Collaborative Information Technology, or sat in a helicopter cockpit in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.
 
Hands-on participation has increased in the past two years, thanks to contributions from EnCana and the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
 
Last year, steel-toed, slip-on safety shoes were purchased by EnCana to allow students greater access to trades’ shops. This year, sponsorship from EnCana and the ITA allowed the purchase of hard hats, gloves and welding smocks, thereby allowing even more hands-on involvement. Each student also got an event t-shirt, thanks to sponsorship from Northern Opportunities.
 
“Students would not be able to participate in an interactive way without the generosity of our sponsors. We would only be able to offer tours,” said recruiting manager Kristina Van De Walle. “Safety equipment is key to the success of the event but incredibly expensive when you look at the cost of purchasing it for so many students. Thanks to EnCana and the Industry Training Authority this interactivity is a reality.”
 
The safety equipment will be used at other YES-2-IT events this year in Fort Nelson on March 4 and Fort St. John on March 11, as well as in future years.
 
Dual Credit programming allows secondary school students to enrol in certain College programs, and earn credits at both levels, while still in secondary school.
 
Other Dual Credit programs that were featured included: Automotive Service Technician, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician, Applied Business Technology, Social Services Worker Diploma, Esthetics and Nail Care Technology, Early Childhood Education, Plumbing, Millwright, and Home Support/Resident Care Attendant.
 
For more information on Dual Credit programs, secondary school students should contact their school counselor. For information on NLC programming, contact the College at 1-866-463-6652 or 250-782-5251.

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