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High School Students Continue to ACE IT

Northwest Community College (NWCC), in conjunction with School Districts around the northwest, is continuing Trades training to eligible high school students through Industry Training Authority BC's ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training) program. The program is an industry certification program for BC secondary students that enables them to earn both graduation credits and credit for the first level of technical training associated with an industry training program or apprenticeship. "The response to ACE IT has been very positive", comments Dave O'Leary, Dean of Instruction at NWCC. "The program is of great benefit to high school students as they obtain their Level 1 training in a trade which allows them to graduate with employable skills. From there they can continue their trades training at the College or enter the work force". Grade 11 and 12 students across the region, who are in good academic standing and have not yet graduated, can apply for the ACE IT program through their high school. Once accepted into the program students will spend a minimum of one semester at Northwest Community College receiving level 1 training in the trade of their choice - options listed below. Upon successful completion of Level 1 they will receive the Level 1 certificate and graduation credits. Industry Training Authority (ITA), through the School District, covers tuition costs. Trades programs available to ACE IT students this fall include: Terrace campus: Auto Service Technician; Carpentry; Culinary Arts; Heavy Duty Equipment; Millwright; Outdoor Power Equipment Tech [Small Engine Repair] and Welding Prince Rupert campus: Electrical and Welding Trades programs available to ACE IT students next winter include: Carpentry at Terrace campus and Outdoor Power Equipment Tech [Small Engine Repair], location to be determined. The program not only provides students with a head start on a trades career but also valuable life experience and skills. "We've noted a very positive change in the behaviour of students who have participated in the ACE IT program", explains Ken Downs, NWCC's Trades Program Coordinator. "Being at the College and submersed in a hands-on skills based program exposes them to a new adult learning and teaching environment. The experience gives them a new outlook and attitude on the importance and relevance of education and training." Students and parents interested in the ACE IT program should contact their high school. Application deadline is April 28.

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