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Trades Awareness Program introduces kids to career possibilities

Cooking, aviation, plumbing and carpentry among skills showcased in a week-long program.

The South Slave Divisional Education Council is pleased to partner with the Fort Smith Career Centre and Aurora College to bring the Introductory Trades Awareness Program (TAP) back to Fort Smith this week.

“The Trades Awareness Program is a great way for students from across the South Slave to try out several trades at Aurora College,”  Dr. Curtis Brown, Superintendent of the South Slave Divisional Education Council said. “There’s a great need for skilled trades professionals in the North and across Canada. TAP gives students a taste of several possible rewarding careers.”

The annual program, which runs September 23-27, introduces junior and senior high school students to several trade skills, including cooking, aviation, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and heavy equipment mechanics.

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There are two components to the program: introductory and intensive. The introductory program provides students from Fort Smith, Hay River, Fort Resolution, Lutsel K’e and K’atlodeeche First Nation Reserve with hands-on learning in several trades. Students have the opportunity to return in Spring 2020 for the intensive program.

TAP gives students access to the trades shops, equipment and instructional expertise available at Aurora College and in the Fort Smith business community, says Dr. Brown.

Participating students earn Career & Technology Studies (CTS) credits toward their high school diplomas. While at TAP, students also experience residence life at Aurora College’s Thebacha Campus and fill their evenings with planned extracurricular activities.

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