February 2016 AST ACE IT students and onwards will have the option of writing the AST 1 C of Q exam at the end of their program. Further review of the requirements will be made during the harmonization of AST as part of the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Project and school districts will be notified of any changes at that time.
This event involved several different activities, spreading over more than one day. The students initially started with a “Find your Fit” tour, then attended hands on activities and heard from several key note speakers including apprentices and Red Seal trades people. Then, Tech Ed 9 and ACE IT Carpentry students built garden boxes. Finally, a horticulture session was introduced, and both high school students and elementary students planted their boxes together.
This event attracted a completely new audience, potential employers. Efforts were spent in personally inviting old, new, and some completely undecided employers to find out more about their high school ACE IT and SSA programs, as well as work experience opportunities. An experienced employer presented the benefits and realities of employing and mentoring youth from an employer’s perspective, trades students spoke about their experiences, and employers asked questions about the programs. Round tables included an opportunity to meet ACE IT and SSA students, learn about grants and tax cre