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Terrace, BC, February 17, 2014--Coast Mountains School District 82 students in grade 10 are studying skilled trades at Northwest Community College (NWCC). Students spend a semester experiencing hands-on trades opportunities in the Intro to Trades 10 program, while continuing their academic studies.

Every weekday a bus arrives at NWCC’s Terrace campus with 40 high school students. Split into groups, they study Automotive Mechanics, Plumbing, Welding, Carpentry and Electrical with an NWCC Trades Instructor while also completing required grade 10 credits with a master secondary school teacher.

“Students soon realize the program instructors have a common goal, and that is to make the college experience a positive one,” says David Stranger, NWCC Trades Instructor. “We are all here to help them be successful in their chosen career path.”

A positive college experience encourages students to enrol in NWCC’s dual-credit ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training) program during grade 11 or 12. It can also help after graduation when returning to post-secondary studies, as they are equipped with essential skills and attitudes to work in skilled trades

Students receive meaningful exposure to trades and can make informed decisions regarding their secondary school program and career choices. 

“We always look for programs and courses to engage students and give them opportunities for a successful future,” says Art Erasmus, Chair of the Board of Education, Coast Mountain School District. “The program also teaches students where and how to start a career in trades after graduation.”

The Intro to Trades 10 program was a successful pilot project during the 2012-2013 school year. Hazelton students are also participating in a modified program where students use Hazelton Secondary School shop facilities with the program support of NWCC. The Bulkley Valley School District and NWCC also successfully ran the program in Smithers last semester. 

About NWCC

Northwest Community College (NWCC) is an accredited post-secondary institution offering comprehensive education and training to 34 urban, rural and remote communities in northwestern BC. Through an innovative distributed learning model that includes nine campuses and learning centres, current technology, mobile units, and successful partnerships, NWCC brings relevant education and training directly to where it is needed. NWCC is a recognized leader in Aboriginal education where Aboriginal people make up roughly 40 per cent of the student body. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and Aboriginal populations and reflects this in its programs, services and workforce. To learn more, visit


For more information contact:

Jessica Hogg
Marketing Communications Officer
Northwest Community College
1.877.277.2288 (Toll Free) or 250.638.5470

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