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March 12, 2007
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New Welding Program to be Established at Three Oaks Senior High


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During a visit to Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside today, Education Minister Mildred Dover announced that a new high school welding program will be established at Three Oaks in September 2007.

Minister Dover said the welding program is one of several new trades programs developed recently as part of the new provincial trades training strategy. “Through the trades strategy, high school staff, Holland College staff and people who work in the trades industry are working together to help students explore rewarding careers in the trades and to respond to the need for more skilled trades workers,” she said. “First, we are working to increase awareness of trades careers among intermediate and high school students while they are in school. Second, we are beginning to offer more trades programs and courses in our schools. And finally, we are helping students to develop and follow continuous pathways to apprenticeship and Red Seal following high school.”

The new welding program will be available to students who attend Three Oaks, Kensington and Kinkora high schools.

The new trades training facility will be located at the former Western School Board bus depot which is located next to the school on MacEwen Road. The depot relocated to the Department of Transportation and Public Works garage at Slemon Park earlier this year. Government will provide funding of $570,000 for equipment and renovation of the welding bays, shop and classroom areas.

Students in the welding program will have the opportunity to take six welding courses as well as other trades-related courses. Students interested in apprenticeship may also choose to obtain their Level 1 while in high school.

New high school trades curriculum is also being developed in automotive and carpentry. The automotive service technician curriculum is now being piloted in a number of schools and the carpentry curriculum will be piloted next year.

The curriculum development committees include representatives from high schools, Holland College and the trades industry. “Working collaboratively, we are developing common curriculum that is recognized by the Apprenticeship Board, Holland College and industry,” said Minister Dover. “Together, we hope to help more students find rewarding careers in the trades while also meeting the pressing need for more skilled trades workers in PEI.”

Information sessions will be organized soon for students and families interested in knowing more about the new welding program at Three Oaks.

Media Contact: Jean Doherty
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