NIC and SD72 students in Campbell River will auction off their custom-built sheds to raise money for trades scholarships and bursaries.

Great shed auction supports NIC trades students

Students from North Island College’s first Trades Sampler program are auctioning off their class projects to support future trades students.

NIC and School District 72 students in Campbell River will auction off their custom-built sheds to raise money for trades scholarships and bursaries.

NIC and SD72 students in Campbell River will auction off their custom-built sheds to raise money for trades scholarships and bursaries.

“This is a great chance to get a storage or work shed for your yard, and support local students,” said Cheryl O’Connell, NIC’s dean of trades and technical programing.

The Trades Sampler is a partnership between NIC and School District 72 and is sponsored by BC’s Industry Training Authority. It provides Grade 11 and 12 students an opportunity to spend a semester exploring trades programming as they consider their career options.

“It’s a chance for students to gain invaluable exposure to theory and hands-on training in a variety of trades including carpentry, electrical, auto service tech, heavy mechanical, plumbing and welding before they graduate,” said O’Connell, who thanked Diana Camerin, Timberline Secondary and SD72 career facilitator, for the pilot program’s success.

NIC carpentry instructor Tom Klatt says the project brings a number of key carpentry skills together in one project.

“It’s great because it covers wall and floor framing, window and door framing, roof construction and siding, along with electrical work for the lights and outlets,” said Klatt.

Funds from the auction will support future trades students through NIC Foundation scholarships and bursaries.

For shed measurements, or to place a bid, visit

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