For the first time in its 44-year history, Selkirk College will offer a Carpentry Foundation program at its Grand Forks campus.
The 24-week program starts January 13, 2011, and is full with 16 accepted students and a wait list.
“It's the first program of its kind to be offered in the Boundary region,” says Selkirk College Chair of Industry and Trades Training Dan Obradovic. “We ran an identical program in Nakusp last year with great success and believe similar success can be achieved in Grand Forks. This is a fabulous opportunity for citizens in the community.”
The program is meant to provide the education and training needed for graduates to start their careers in carpentry and construction. The program is also expected to stimulate economic activity in the Boundary. Considerable construction materials will be purchased from local suppliers and the student project work includes the construction of an outdoor storage facility/washroom at Perley Elementary School in Grand Forks.
Instructor Dan Brazeau, who taught the program in Nakusp, will also be teaching the Grand Forks cohort. “The fact that Dan is able to teach the program again is a big plus,” says Obradovic. “He is an excellent instructor with a lot of trade experience. He truly cares about the success of his students—every person enrolled in Nakusp’s Carpentry Foundation program graduated.”
The classroom component of the program will take place at Selkirk’s Grand Forks campus and the shop component of the program will take place at Grand Forks Secondary school. The Carpentry Foundation program would not be taking place without the support, efforts and facility access of college partners such as School District #51.
"This project is aligned with our goal to have much more seamless relationships with the school districts in our region,” says Vice President Academic and Student Development and Interim President of Selkirk College, Angus Graeme. “We want to create learning and programming opportunities that meet common needs and goals in our communities and bring our people, facilities and equipment together effectively.”
Community Futures and Ashland Training are supporting students of the program by leading students to alternate funding sources which include the Economic Recovery Training Program, a temporary initiative that provides training funds for people that are not eligible for employment insurance. Some of the students have also accessed the Employment Skills Access (ESA) Program, funded under the Canada/BC Labour Market Agreement.
The ESA funding, administrated through Selkirk College, assists unemployed individuals with the development of Individual Action Plans and helps them acquire the essential skills or recognized credentials necessary for job positions in the marketplace.
For more information on the Carpentry Foundation program, visit www.selkirk.ca/trades.
First published on December 20, 2010