Supporters and participants of Trades and Apprentice programs in the Peace River South area were recognized on May 19, at a recognition event hosted by School District 59 and Northern Lights College.
The event was held at NLC’s South Peace Campus, which houses the College’s Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician, Automotive Service Technician, Esthetics and Nail Care Technology and Cosmetology/Hairstyling programs. Approximately 75 people attended.
A highlight of the evening was a speech from Brandon Mosher, a Chetwynd Secondary School student in the Heavy Duty program.
“When you take these programs you are treated like an adult and it’s a lot of work,” said Mosher. “But we also have a lot of fun.”
Keith Maurer, principal of South Peace Secondary School thanked the businesses that provide work experience opportunities for high school students. He also recognized the local businesses and industries that supported the Skills Canada Peace Region competition this year: Dawson Co-op, Peavey Mart, Praxair, R. Home Supply, Northern Metalic Sales, Windsor Plywood, Wright’s Food Service, Sysco Foods, Dorian Anderson Construction, Peace country Restoration, Boston Pizza, Air Liquide and Simple Pleasures.
Rodger Hargreaves, lead for Youth Programs with the Industry Training Authority, complimented the efforts of everyone involved in offering trades programs in northeastern B.C.
“You are leaders in the province with your unique Northern Opportunities partnership that makes it possible for youth to choose from a wide variety of trades programs to take while still in high school,” Hargreaves said.
Hargreaves presented 11 Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarships valued at $1,000 each. The recipients graduated last year and are still working in their chosen trade.
Recipients were: Jeremy Bedard-Lessard, Douglas Lake Equipment Ltd.; Jordan Endicott, S. Vipond Construction; Nathan Haugen, Mr Mikes; Court Jacobs, Syntech Enerflex; Thomas Jessen, Edge Electric; John Knox, Peace Country Rentals; Rosalina McMath, Bogey’s Restaurant; Thomas Nichols, Riverbend Retail Repair; Tory Pohl, Wilson’s Timberline; Jordan Rondeau, Red Lion; and Tyler Sterling, Dakota Contracting.
Spectra Energy bursaries valued between $350 and $1,000 were also presented. Glenn Auger, community coordinator for Spectra Energy presented the awards. Auger announced that the fund has provided over $260,000 in scholarships and bursaries to northeast B.C. high school students since its inception almost five years ago.
Recipients were: Kayna Boyd, Troy Clark, Tim Schlauwitz, Jordan Ulledal (Auto Service Technician); Jessica Anderson (Carpentry); True Dowe (Cook); Elaine Cole, Kaitlyn Johnston (Cosmetology); Jacob Wandling (Electrician); Alex Beaton, Tanner Clouthier, Brandon Mosher (Heavy Duty); Sarah Linklater, Connor Pewarchuk (Plumbing); and Darrin Rideout (Welding).
Other speakers included:
Jeff Lekstrom, NLC’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship, who reminded the audience that the Peace Region has the most dual credit programs of any school district in BC; and
Jeff Beale, chair of Northern Opportunities Community Learning Council who spoke about the collaboration between industry, Aboriginal organizations, and secondary and post-secondary institutions to enhance opportunities for students to succeed in secondary school and build rewarding careers in the north.
For more information on trades and apprenticeship programs contact the College at 250-782-5251 or Frances Armstrong, School District 59 at 250-782-8571.