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NWCC carpentry students help give Ranger Park a facelift

SMITHERS The second floor of the historic Ranger Park building in Smithers is getting a facelift, thanks to students from Northwest Community Colleges (NWCC) Carpentry Foundations program. This multiphase project is a joint partnership between School District 54, NWCC, and the Town of Smithers, and carries on the Colleges tradition of supporting community initiatives. The Town of Smithers is excited about this unique partnership, expressed Acting Mayor Charlie Northrup. We hope to partner again in the future while continuing to add value to NWCC trades programs by providing students with hands-on work experience in the community. There are fourteen students in the class, ten of which are ACE IT high school students from Smithers Secondary School, Bulkley Valley Learning Center and Bulkley Valley Christian School. ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training) is a dual-credit industry certification program that enables secondary school students to earn high school graduation credits and the opportunity to receive credit for the first level of the technical training in an Industry Training Authority (ITA) program or apprenticeship. Foundation trades programs are designed to prepare students with entry-level skills required for employment in the trade. This years Carpentry program would not have been possible without the continued support of School District 54, and the innovative partnership with the Town of Smithers, says Regina Saimoto, Campus Principal for NWCC Smithers. The renovation of the Ranger Park buildings second floor provides students with hands on experience, benefits the community, and leaves a legacy of the program. Phase 1 of the Ranger Park building renovation project is almost complete. The class will reveal their progress to Smithers Town Council on Tuesday, June 14th.

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