February Deadlines Approaching for some Trades and Transitions Programs

Posted On Thursday February 06, 2020

It’s decision time.

If you are a student in grade 9, 10 or 11 and you are considering a career in any of the areas outlined below, please be aware you need to apply by Feb. 21, 2020 for some Trades and Transitions programs offered in the district.

To learn more about Secondary Programs of Choice, parents, guardians and students are invited to an information session at the NorKam Senior Secondary School cafeteria, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Feb. 11, 2020. 

Trades Programs

Trades Sampler programs are available to all district students in grades 10 to 12. This is a single semester program providing 16 credits earned through hands-on skills and an introductory understanding of a cluster of related trades, taught by Red Seal trades instructors. The three samplers include construction (carpentry, plumbing, electrical and construction), mechanical (automotive, heavy duty and motorcycle technician, and welding), and industrial (millwright, steamfitter/pipefitter, sheet metal, instrumentation) trades clusters.

Students in grade 12 with a goal of entering a specific trade can attend a Trades Foundation program at TRU through the Youth Train in Trades program, receiving high school credit as well as the foundation program certification. The school district covers the tuition cost of the program.

Digital Arts and Technology Academy (formerly Digipen)

Students entering grade 11 or 12 who are planning a potential career in the software industry may be interest in the Digital Arts and Technology Academy hosted at Sa-Hali Secondary. Student in the program spend one semester at Sa-Hali, immersed in the world of digital design, graphics and software development. Taught through the lens of digital game development, students receive 4 courses of high school credit as well as 4 courses of university credit at TRU towards the completion of a B.Sc. in Computer Science.

TRU Start Programs

TRU start programs are available to all district students in grade 12. In partnership with Thompson Rivers University, students earn a full year of grade 12 elective credit while attending a diploma program at TRU, with tuition funding provided by the school district. This transition opportunity is available for the Health Care Assistant Diploma, Early Childhood Education Diploma, and the new to our district Police and Justice Studies Diploma programs at Thompson Rivers University.

Students entering grade 11 who are interested in a rigorous academic-focused university preparation studies should consider the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Students will earn advanced credits towards post-secondary degrees at numerous universities – including Thompson Rivers University - while in the IB Programme, an internationally recognized university prep program.

TRU Start Courses

For students who want to start their post-secondary training in grade 12, the TRU Start course program offers gives students the opportunity to take a university course each semester, which can then be placed on their high school transcript for elective credit. Students can apply for funding covering the costs of tuition and books. For more information, check the TRU Start page.

For more information on any of these programs and to understand the options students have in grades 10, 11 and 12 and for application forms, see the district Trades and Transitions site.


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