Bert Bowes Grade 7 Students Exposed to Career Pathway Programs at FSJ Campus of Northern Lights College

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By , April 26, 2017

Bert Bowes students were treated this month to experiential learning opportunities outside of their regular school routines. They met and heard from a variety of college personnel, from the greeting, smiling faces of student services, to current dual credit students in a number of different programs, to high-ranking college administrators, and many more in between.

Arguably, this is exactly what kids need- learning experiences outside of the four walls of the classroom, interacting with people who actually do the tasks they may be interested in pursuing, in their daily work environments.

Thanks are in order for the recruiting team at Northern Lights College for arranging all the activities for the kids, and organizing pizza lunches. Thank you to all those who spent time with our kids; enlightening young people on future career options is important work. Finally, thanks to Ms. Singer and Ms. Bennett, Bert Bowes teachers, for being fantastic sports about the tour idea.

If you are a teacher and would like a tour for your class, please contact Bonnie Bridges at bbridges@prn.bc.ca. If you are a high school student, Northern Lights has a program called Student for a Day, in which you live a day in the life of a college student, giving you an idea of what classes and life at the campus would be like. Please contact an NLC recruiter here for more information.

NLC is proud of its commitment to dual credit students; we are too!

Grade 7 students meet and talk with college students, instructors, and administrators.

Grade 7 students meet and talk with college students, instructors, and administrators.

Andy Amboe, electrical program instructor of the FSJ campus of NLC enthusiastically teaches the kids about plasma!

Andy Amboe, electrical program instructor of the FSJ campus of NLC enthusiastically teaches the kids about plasma!

Announcing: The Road Less Travelled Young Women’s Career & Leadership Conference

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By , April 19, 2017

School District 60 is planning a motivational career event for young women in grade nine, called The Road Less Travelled, inspired by the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. We’re calling attention to the subjects of the underrepresentation of women in the trades workforce and women in roles that traditionally were held by men. We hope to inspire the next generation of women to be courageous in exploring their career options, and to not feel pigeonholed because of others’ attitudes or beliefs.

The theme to be explored during The Road Less Travelled is one on not being averse to failure as one traverses life’s path. Failures, when viewed under the lens of lessons learned, are arguably blessings. Life’s road twists and turns, oftentimes in unexpected directions.

The event will entail a keynote address as opener (Laura Prosko from the District of Taylor), followed by a panel conversation presentation moderated by Judy Kucharuk (Encana Events). Judy will be asking career questions of four female panelists who are experiencing success in employment fields historically dominated by men.  Other speakers will include Fort St. John Mayor, Lori Ackerman, Rae Evans of Investors Group, Kristi Pimm of Alpha Controls, Rayel Cooper (oil and gas), and Aimee McCrae of Northern Lights College.

  • When: 9:45 am – noon on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
  • Where: Atrium of Northern Lights College, Fort St John campus (near the lobby)

Please join us for a unique learning opportunity and a chance to come together as a community to engage with topics of social justice.  Please contact Bonnie Bridges at bbridges@prn.bc.ca for more information.

 

Northern Opportunities Energy Week Tour 2017 Now Accepting Expressions of Interest from Students

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By , April 18, 2017

This is an Energy Week promo poster used by S. D. 60 (Peace River North). Please click here to see a larger version of the image.

“The Peace region of Northeast BC has an abundance of ongoing energy projects, both completed and proposed.  These range from wind, solar, oil and gas to hydroelectric.

Students from throughout BC are invited to come to the Peace region to participate in the Northern Opportunities Tour. Students will experience what the jobs in the energy sector are like in Northeast BC.

The program runs from May 8 – 12, 2017 and consists of five days of learning about education and careers opportunities in the energy sectors of the Peace region. The experience is open for secondary students to tour local facilities and connect with industry and training mentors.”

For more information, or to register your student, please contact Bonnie Bridges at 250-262-6027 or bbridges@prn.bc.ca.

Peace Region students triumph at Skills Canada provincial competition

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By , April 11, 2017

NPSS students Jeridyn Loewen, Nicholas Page, Zachary Paradis, and Zachary Glenn won a silver medal in Robotics at the Skills Canada BC provincial competition this week. Photo by Eric Palibroda

Thirty students from SD59 and SD60 participated in the Skills Canada provincial competition in Abbortsford, and came away with Gold in jr. gravity vehicle and public speaking, Silver in both Robotics and Automotive Service Technician, and a Bronze in cabinetmaking. For more details, check out Energetic City’s article here.

School District 60 Students Travel to Abbotsford for Provincial Skills Competition

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By , April 10, 2017

Students from School District 60 (Peace River North) travelled to Abbotsford to take part in the Skills Canada provincial level competitions.  These young people had already won GOLD at the regional competitions in Dawson Creek back on Friday, February 17, and travelled to the Lower Mainland to test their mettle against other gold placing students from across the province in their respective competition areas.  A big, enthusiastic congratulations goes out to North Peace Secondary School’s robotics and physics teacher and students.  The group placed SECOND in the province!

Another big, enthusiastic congratulations goes out to North Peace Secondary School’s Jeremy Needham, who also placed silver in the automotive service category, again meaning he was ranked SECOND in the entire province!  Amazing performances- what a showcase of the talent and skill we have going on in the Peace!

Our smiling Peace region crew traveled to Abbotsford to represent the Peace region at provincial level Skills Canada competitions.

Congratulations Parents as Career Coaches (PACC) Workshop Graduates!

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By , April 4, 2017

Your family was your first teacher.

A word from Brent, the facilitator for the parent workshops that happened back in February and March follows. As promised, an organized list of the web resources referred to during the presentations is also included below.

Thank you for investing the time to support your child on their career journey, and congratulations for successfully completing the PaCC program! Please continue asking good questions to clarify interests (curiosities), skills (expertise) and values, in order to build highly personalized career clusters for collaborative exploration with your child. As you discover career areas of interest, use the resources below to examine them for fit, prior to arranging for informational interviews, and subsequent volunteer or work placements.

 

WorkSafe BC

https://www.workbc.ca/

  • Check Career Fit through quizzes on Abilities, Work Preferences or Subjects of Interest U+2193.svg

https://www.workbc.ca/careercompass

  • Explore a day in the life and skills required for success in 95 careers! U+2193.svg

http://www.careertrekbc.ca/

 

Industry Training Authority

http://www.itabc.ca/

  • One Word Selector (click “Trade Finder”) & Youth Guide to Trades (click W) U+2193.svg U+2193.svg

Trade Finder

  • Apprenticeship Overview U+2193.svg

http://www.itabc.ca/sites/default/files/docs/Trades-Training/ApprenticeshipOverview_FINAL.pdf

  • Resource Materials U+2193.svg

http://www.itabc.ca/resource-materials

  • ITA Programs for Youth U+2193.svg

http://youth.itabc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/ITA_Youth_Programs_Handout-1.pdf

 

Post-Secondary (Colleges & Universities) Education Planner

https://www.educationplannerbc.ca/

 

Guide to Trades Training Programs and Services

https://www.tradestrainingbc.ca/

 

Thanks for your participation and support!

Brent Calvert

Parents as Career Coaches Facilitator

bcalvert99@gmail.com

How Much of a Percentage Influence Do You Think You Have on Your Kids’ Career Choices?

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By , April 4, 2017

78%!

The research presented during the Parents as Career Coaches workshops, if I summarize correctly, asked middle and high school aged students to list the top three resources they would turn to for career advice.  Parents were consulted in the vast majority of cases, with 78% of youngsters stating they would ask their folks.  This was followed by friends.  Rounding out the top three were experts in the field.

Most parents may underestimate the gravity of how much power and influence they wield over their children’s lives.  As well, many people may not realize what they don’t know.  If you attended the Parents as Career Coaches workshops, I strongly encourage you to exercise that vulnerability and risk that Brent talked about and even start conversations with other parents, neighbours and colleagues you know about the information you now have access to.  Some people may not know what they don’t know, and may have opted out of the sessions thinking that it didn’t apply to them.

It is said that “if you light a lamp for someone else, it also brightens your path.”

It’s about the power of the collective and networking!

I took notes on both evenings.  If you’d like to access those notes, please click here.  If you’d like any clarification on any points, please feel free to reach out and contact.

Parents As Career Coaches workshops occurred at NPSS in the library.

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