June 24, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Two new vocational and technical courses have been made available in the province's francophone schools and two others have been updated, Education Minister Roland Haché announced today.
"By offering more vocational and technical courses, we are encouraging more students to take an interest in school," said Haché. "They can discover subjects they might not have explored otherwise. Our objective is to offer a wider variety of educational pathways so all students can reach their full potential at school."
The two new courses are "Introduction à la finition intérieure résidentielle" (Introduction to interior residential finishing) and "Introduction au domaine professionnel et technique" (Introduction to the vocational and technical field).
With the first course, students will become familiar with the roles and duties of a carpenter, plasterer, resilient flooring installer, building painter, and drywall installer/finisher.
The goal of the second course is to allow students to explore at least three different trades in the vocational and technological studies field. They will also have the opportunity to visit some industrial operations and to meet people who practice a trade.
The course "Introduction à la transformation du bois ouvré" (Introduction to milled-wood processing) and "Introduction à la programmation informatique" (Introduction to computer programming) have been updated in order to reflect new techniques and technologies.
The provincial government will invest more than $100,000 to train staff who will teach the four courses announced today and five of the other courses announced in January.
At that time, the government had announced 10 new courses and a $1-million investment to increase the number of vocational and technical courses offered to students in francophone high schools.
"Success in school is closely linked to the school's ability to motivate and interest students" said Gino LeBlanc, who headed the Commission on Francophone Schools. "As reforms were made in the last 20 years, unfortunately, some of the more technical and vocational education was set aside. These measures respond to the recommendations included in my report on the importance of increasing the number of courses and programs offered in our francophone schools."
With these new and updated courses, francophone high schools now have a choice of 29 vocational and technical courses. The schools select the courses they will offer their students based on industry needs in their regions.
During the last year, 14 new courses have been developed:
MEDIA CONTACT: Geneviève Mallet-Chiasson, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.