Karen Casey, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister, was at CEC on Monday to talk about the program.
“These new Skilled Trades Centres will help students make stronger links between classroom learning and the world of work,” said Casey during the announcement.
The province announced in January that they would contribute $5 million to expand Skilled Trades Centres across Nova Scotia.
The funding is meant to promote strong links between classroom learning and hands on experience in the working world. Discussions between CCRSB, CEC, teachers and faculty will determine new course offerings.
William Kaulbach, principal at CEC, along with faculty and students, joined Casey for the announcement.
Charles Toole is a grade 10 student at CEC and he thinks the program will help him pursue a career in the trades.
“Hopefully carpentry,” he said.
“We have a lot of students that need to be motivated and see some future in what they are studying and for a lot of students, it is skilled trades,” said Casey following the announcement.
Mary White is another student at CEC who is eyeing a future as an electrician. She was excited about the program.
“I’m going to learn dry walling as well, to see if I actually like it.”
“This will broaden the horizons for so many kids at CEC; this program will add to the opportunities for students in Colchester County,” said Casey.
The government plans to have 25 Skilled Trades Centres by 2020.