Oct. 22, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The welding and carpentry shops at St. Stephen High School were visited today by Premier Shawn Graham in advance observance of Skilled Trades and Technology Week, Nov. 2 - 9.
"My government's approach to education has been to ensure that all students find something about which they love to learn," said Graham. "This is why we made it a priority to re-invest in trades and technology as well as to return art, music and physical education to the schools."
During Skilled Trades and Technology Week, MLAs will participate in skilled trade and technology classes to see first-hand how the return of these types of classes is helping students.
More than $2 million in new funding has been invested in the trades. More than three dozen new courses - including technology, welding, culinary arts, health sciences, carpentry and construction - are available around the province.
Partnerships have been created among schools and the community college network that allow high school students to take community college courses and obtain academic credit. Additional spaces have been created within the community college network to enable students to continue their education after Grade 12.
At St. Stephen High School, the construction and carpentry shops have been updated. Funding from the Department of Education has enabled School District 10 to upgrade the welding shop to include new welders; improve the extraction system; and add five more welding booths.
MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.