Initiating female high school students to careers in the trades


HomeDepot-02 HomeDepot-03On March 30, some 20 female students from Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO) high schools (ESC Trillium, Chapleau, ESC Jeunesse-Nord, Blind River; ES Notre-Dame-du-Sault, Sault Ste. Marie; and ES Saint-Joseph, Wawa) in the Algoma District took part in Home Depot Workshops. During their workshop experience, the girls were initiated to various building trades. They learn to build a flower box, repair a toilet and apply drywall. The trainees also chose the tools and the products needed for the job. The purpose of the learning activity was to demystify specialized trades for girls and enable female students to learn about rewarding careers in this sector of the economy. Statistics reveal that women are under-represented in the construction, industrial, service, as well as the motive power sector. By participating in this type of activity, the CSCNO is seeking to raise the level of girls’ confidence while initiating them to non-traditional careers. The activity was offered through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). The CSCNO thanks Home Depot for its support in providing this initial workshop initiative for Algoma district female high school students. The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario offers a French Catholic Educational Program that is widely recognized for its excellence. The CSCNO provides a quality academic program that runs from early childhood to adult education, with some 7,000 students in 27 elementary and 10 secondary schools.


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