The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is providing students additional hands-on learning in skilled trades this spring. Rockland District High School will host two mobile training labs from June 6 to 10 and provide introductory skills in carpentry, welding, electrical, fitness, nutrition, and culinary disciplines.
“We are very excited to be able to bring these trailers to the UCDSB,” said Cameron Jones, Vice-Principal of Student Success. “Students will get to try out a variety of skills, get to use their hands and really dig into these experiences. We are putting in extra efforts to ensure that young women and Indigenous youth are aware that these career paths are real options for them.”
The labs will focus on re-engaging students and teaching them basic skills required to be successful in the related professions. The workshops will last 2.5 hours each and award participants with a micro-credential certificate from St. Lawrence College.
The first lab will provide experience in skilled trades and carpentry, welding, and electrical training. Students will have the opportunity to use hand and power tools, along with training aids such as a welding simulation and virtual reality for an innovative, hands-on learning experience.
The second lab will focus on wellness, including teaching students about independent living, meal planning, and how to safely handle and prepare food for both nutrition and fitness.