Richmond Academy to be expanded for Skilled Trades Centre

HALIFAX: More high school students will have access to hands-on learning opportunities to help them prepare for careers with the expansion of Skilled Trades Centres.

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced today that seven additional high schools will benefit from the centres, including Richmond Academy in Louisdale.

Pictured at the announcement in Louisdale are (from the left): Paul Landry, director of programs and student services, Strait regional school board (SRSB); Hunter Prout, Grade 9, Richmond Academy (RA); Caleb Levesque, Grade 9, RA; Ford Rice, superintendent of schools, SRSB; Francine Boudreau, chair of the SRSB; Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson; George Kehoe, SRSB board member; Gracie Pyke, Grade 9, RA; Nikita Boudreau, Grade 9, RA; Tyrone Bernard, Grade 9, RA; Mark Pettipas, coordinator of youth pathways, SRSB; Richelle MacLaughlin, SRSB board member; Mary Jess MacDonald, SRSB board member.

Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson confirmed the news this morning at Richmond Academy.

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“This is great news for the people of Richmond,” said Samson. “A skilled trade centre will provide students with valuable training and experience as they move forward with their education.”

A Skilled Trades Centre offers a starting point for Nova Scotia high school students who want to explore the skilled trades, including things like construction and manufacturing, as a possible career option.

The province’s Capital Plan, announced in January, included $5 million to expand Skilled Trades Centres across Nova Scotia.

Funding will be allocated during 2017-18 and 2018-19. Discussions with the school boards and school principals will determine what course offerings will be available in each community.

By 2019-20, government plans to have 25 Skilled Trades Centres across the province.

“These new Skilled Trades Centres will help students make stronger links between classroom learning and the world of work,” said Casey, in an announcement at the Cobequid Education Centre in Truro.

“In building their skills and awareness of what they need to be successful in the trades, students will have greater opportunities to follow a career path in apprenticeships and red seal certifications.”

There are more than 1,000 students across the province enrolled in skilled trades courses.