Nov. 4, 2009
BATHURST (CNB) - One of the province's most talented technology students was honoured today by Education Minister Roland Haché as part of Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2009.
Haché presented Jason Valdron, a recent graduate of L'Ecole Secondaire Negisiguit in Bathurst, with a banner on behalf of Skills Canada. The banner will be hung in the school to recognize Valdron's gold medal win in the website development competition at the Skills Canada competition in 2008. Valdron went on to be named to Team Canada 2009, where he won a silver medal earlier this fall in the international competition in Calgary. More than 900 competitors took part in 45 skills competitions.
"Jason is an outstanding example of the talent we have here in New Brunswick among our students," said Haché. "Students such as Jason are the reason that this government committed to strengthening skilled trades and technology in our schools by developing a multi-year Skilled Trades and Technology Education plan to ensure that students have the opportunity to find something about which they are passionate."
Valdron and Isabelle Collin of St. Léolin won two of the record eight medals won by Team Canada at the international competition, Sept. 2-5. Collin also earned the Best of the Nation award for Canada, which is given to the team member who received the highest score in his or her respective contest area.
"It is important for our future generation of workers to be exposed to the possibilities of pursuing a career in the skilled trades and technologies," said Luc Morin, executive director for Skills Canada New Brunswick. "In some instances, schools are not always equipped with enough tools, space, materials, machinery and other resources that could help in the promotion of these rewarding careers. For Skills Canada New Brunswick, it is great to see provincial partners such as the Department of Education bring attention to the need for a future skilled labour force, and support Skilled Trades and Technology Week."
As part of government's commitment to the skilled trades and technology, community and industry partnerships have been established with organizations such as the University of New Brunswick (Saint John and Fredericton), the community college network, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, the Saint John Regional Hospital, and councils in the skilled trades and technology sectors. More than 36 courses have been developed, and school districts have formed unique partnerships with the community, industry and the community college network to increase course offerings.
Courses include technology, welding, culinary arts, health sciences, carpentry, forestry, horticulture, environmental technology, and construction. Partnerships have been created between schools and the community college network to allow high school students to take community college courses and obtain academic credit.
Haché was one of a number of ministers and MLAs visiting schools around the province in celebration of Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2009.
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Kilfoil, 506-444-4919, or Johanne Le Blanc, 506-453-3085, communications, Department of Education.