Over 20 students participate in South Slave Trades Awareness Program

Selena Bugghins, left, a Grade 11 Chief Sunrise Education Centre student, and Alice Jensen, a Grade 9 Diamond Jenness Secondary School student, measure wood for the stools they are beginning to make. Photo Submitted by Sarah Pruys, SSDEC

A Grade 10 student from LutselK’e Dene School was the top student at last week’s South Slave Trades Awareness Program.

Sage Head says he wants to be a heavy duty mechanic after last week’s experience at Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith.

“We took a wheel off a heavy duty tractor trailer,” said Head about his experience last week.

He says he wants to study more about mechanics in the future, and perhaps work at a mine site.

Paul W. Kaeser High School grade 8 student Devyn Divert was part of the electrical program.

Devyn Dievert, PWK. Photo submitted by Sarah Pruys, SSDEC

“We wired a mock house, its the closest to wiring a house. We had to create a circuit and connect it to the light bulbs,” described Divert.

While Divert says she had fun, she’d like to study plumbing next time.

Janie Hobart has been involved with the program for the last four years. She says the students connected and worked well with the Aurora College instructors.

“We have some great instructors, and the nice thing about our instructors is everyone of them is from across the NWT. They are journeymen and red seal tradespeople,” added Hobart.

This program has been running for 12 years in cooperation with South Slave District Education Council, Aurora College, and ECE.

The DehCho has also been partners with this program for the last 2 years.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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