Northwest Community College and the Coast Mountains School District are joining forces to provide trades programs for high school students.
The partnership is aimed primarily at students who are nearing graduation or who have graduated but are not yet 19 years old.
Students can enroll without charge in college-level trades training while they’re still in the K-12 system.
School District 82 Board Chair Art Erasmus says it gives students a chance to find out what they want to do career-wise.
NWCC President Ken Burt says exposing students to the college environment while they’re still at the high school level helps them adjust more easily to post secondary life.
The courses available this fall include hairdressing and the first year of welding.
The welding course will take place at the NWCC campus while the hairdressing course will be offered at the Northwest Regional Trades and Employment Training Centre located in the former Thornhill Junior Secondary School.