Peace River High School hosts unveiling event with Skills Canada and TransCanada

Peace River High School hosts unveiling event with Skills Canada and TransCanada

On February 12, 2015, Peace River High School (PRHS) celebrated the official unveiling of the school’s CNC plasma cutter during a special presentation with students, staff, TransCanada and Skills Canada Alberta.

The welding and fabrication equipment was purchased with a $10,000 grant from Skills Canada Alberta and TransCanada. PRHS is one of four schools in Alberta selected to receive the grant.

Morgan Hatt, PRHS grade nine student says the school's Career and Technology Studies (CTS) lab opens the doors to future opportunities. "Not all high schools have what we have here" says Morgan. "It opens up doors and opportunities for students who are interested." Morgan said he is interested in pursuing a career in the trades.

Chris Bowten, Skills Alberta Executive Director says the purpose of the grant is to “provide enhancements to school’s CTS labs that would not otherwise be possible.”

“Every student is different, every passion is different” says Bowton. “Some students are interested in the trades and working with their hands. We want to help provide students with the opportunity to find something that they love. When you enhance lab environments it allows students to improve their skills and build confidence.”

TransCanada partnered with Skills Canada Alberta to provide funding for the $10,000 CTS based grant.

“TransCanada has significant operations in the region” says Cole Thomson, Senior Community Relations Advisor. “We are happy to help kids in our own backyard and do what we can to nurture their talents.”

Kevin Bauman, CTS educator has been instrumental in obtaining CTS funding for the school through his dedication in apply for various CTS based grants. Since 2010, the school has been approved for over $36,000 in grant funding that continue to make the carpentry, welding and fabrication programs at PRHS second to none.

“Students at Peace High have hands-on experience with the same equipment that is being used in the field of welding and fabrication” says Bauman.  “This increases their success at trades-school and in finding work. In addition to the experience of being able to operate the equipment, the CNC system also allows students to be artistic and creative when developing projects and parts.”

With the support of Skills Canada Alberta and industry partners, the school is able to offer a wide variety of CTS program options for students. Through Skills Canada Alberta grant funding, the school purchased the CNC plasma system, metal lathe, new carpentry and welding equipment. In 2013, Daishowa Marubeni provided $6000 in funding to launch the PRHS robotics program.

“We are very appreciative of the support of industry and community partners” says Bauman. “Their support increases opportunities for students and allows them to explore various career options.”

Skills Canada is an organization focused on providing students with trades-based opportunities and experience. Skills Canada hosts regional, provincial, national and world competitions annually that allow students to compete in trades based events such as carpentry, welding, hairstyling, photography and safety.  They also partner with industry to provide schools with the opportunity to apply for CTS grant funding. 

“We are thrilled to be approved for this grant and thank Skills Canada Alberta and TransCanada for their support that increases opportunities for students” says Bauman.