Schools host trades open houses
Students, parents and members of the community are invited to an open house for dual credit Ace-It trades programs being shown off at three different schools on Wednesday, March 6 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Visitors can see the hair styling, auto mechanics and carpentry trades program at Aldergrove Community Secondary that day. There is plumbing/pipe fitting at Langley Secondary and electrical in partnership with BCIT at D.W. Poppy.
Students will demonstrate a little bit of what they do and there will be plenty of people to talk to about what these programs are like for students.
A career in the trades pays very well but hasn’t been the focus for many years until now.
While many more boys have joined than girls, there are two girls in plumbing currently, and one in carpentry, said program organizers.
Numerous students who have gone through the Ace-It program are now working full time in the trades.
In the Langley school district, there are currently 27 students doing on-the-job training.
Capacity for these programs is limited with some like automotive filling up fast.
The electrical program has room for 10 and is very challenging, but many graduate from it. For more background, see www.itabc/youth-educators/ace-it-program.