Frazer Smith and Jeff Lontayao size up some lumber at Carihi.

Trades exploration program offered to SD 72 students

The new Trades Exploration Program introduces students to not only carpentry, but also electrical, automotive and plumbing

The popular ACE-IT  Construction Program offered to high school  students in the community has now  expanded their  focus  to include sub-trades.

The new Trades Exploration Program introduces students to not  only carpentry, but  also electrical, automotive and plumbing.

The ACE-IT program, which has provided students the opportunity to attend trades training classes  while  in high school, has been offered to Campbell River high  school students since 2007 through the generosity and  support of Seymour Pacific Developments. The well-known development company is continuing to support the Trades

Exploration Program by continuously donating lumber and building materials, as well as conducting various  entry-level certification courses  to students such as Levell First  Aid, WHMIS, Fall Protection, Skid Steer training, and Fork  Lift operation.

“This is an incredible opportunity for kids to get  hands-on training while  they’re still in high  school,” says Frazer  Smith, who instructs Technology Education at Carihi Secondary. “Broadening our focus  to include industry sub-trades has given students opportunities to try  something out before committing to it on a post-secondary level.”

Trevor  Enns, who  graduated from  Carihi last year  has started his apprenticeship training in Interior Systems  Mechanics at North Island  College-an opportunity made possible by his involvement in the program.

“Trevor is a shining example of what  students can accomplish with this  program, and we’re  excited to see where  this training takes him,”  Smith says.

Students enrolled in ACE-IT pay  no tuition fees, receive course credits towards their  high school graduation, and credit for the first  level of the technical training in an Industry Training Authority program.

Seymour Pacific and the Mailman family are well  known in Campbell River for their  charitable involvement. Other notable gives  have  included the Life Skills House at Timberline Secondary School, donation of the MRI machine to the new  Campbell River Hospital, sponsorship to the  new CR Hospice House, involvement in the  building of the Discovery Passage Aquarium, construction of the Campbell River Lacrosse  box, as well  as regular donations of time,  money, and resources to a long  list of local  youth programs and charitable organizations.