The Accelerated Credit Enrolment to Industry Training (ACE IT) program is an Industry Training Authority (ITA) youth initiative that provides financial support to school districts/Board Authorities to provide industry training opportunities to youth in partnership with post-secondary training providers.
ACE IT program is a dual-credit program that enables eligible students to earn high school graduation credits and the opportunity to receive credit for the first level of technical training in an Industry Training Authority (ITA) program.
ACE IT student can participate in work experience placements where they earn work-based training (WBT) hours. WBT is an important component of ACE IT as it provides valuable industry experience and assists student transition from school into the workplace.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR ACE IT?
A participant in the ACE IT program is eligible for registration if they are enrolled in a BC Ministry of Education graduation program, aged 19 and under and registered with the ITA as a youth apprentice in an ACE IT prior to graduation. Once accepted, students spend one or more semesters at Northwest Community College (NWCC) receiving training in the Trades Program they have applied for. Please see individual Trades Program page for details of each program.
See NWCC Trades Foundation Programs Web pages for program descriptions.
What is an ACE IT program?
ACE IT is the technical training component of an industry training program (usually an apprenticeship) for high school students. Successful completion of an ACE IT program will give credit for at least level one technical training (in-class) component of your Industry training Program and because it is a ‘dual credit’ program students also receive secondary school graduation credits. To learn more about ACE IT see the ACE IT page in the youth section of the ITA website http://www.itabc.ca/youth/programs
What is a Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) program?
SSA is the work-based training (WBT) component of an industry training program (usually an apprenticeship) for high school students. Upon completion of SSA, students will have completed 480 WBT hours towards their credential and earned 16 secondary school graduation credits. To learn more about SSA see the SSA page in the youth section of the ITA website http://www.itabc.ca/youth/programs#ssa or the SSA Program Guide http://www.itabc.ca/youth/educators.
Can students be enrolled in SSA and ACE IT at the same time?
Yes, in fact it is encouraged! Apprenticeship continuation rates 18 months after graduation are much higher (over 70 %) for students that taken technical training through ACE IT and have started their work based training with a sponsor employer as a Secondary School Apprentice.
Please see individual trades under Programs and Courses for program outlines.
Please see individual trades under Trades Training programs.
As the ACE IT program is a partnership with local School Districts, students must not only meet the Trade Program Admission Requirements (see individual program) they must also meet the requirements of each School District before entering the program (Please contact your school counselor for details).
ACE IT Application form here
ACE IT students will also be asked to sign a Release of Student Information Authorization form. If you have any questions regarding this form please speak with your Admissions Officer or Trades Coordinator.
** Please note each School District also has an application package for students to fill out which include should include an NWCC ACE IT application. (Please contact your school counselor for details).
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Please see individual foundation program pages for date offerings.
Tuition fees are paid by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) through your local school district. To apply for ACE IT, contact your high school counsellor.
For more information about ACE IT, check the ITA Web site http://www.itabc.ca/youth/programs or contact the Trades Programs Coordinator at NWCC.
Kevin Jeffery, Trades Program Coordinator
Phone: 1.877.277.2288 ext 5239