Friday, March 4, 2016
BC Gov't News
Agassiz school district to get $5k grant to include IT training
Ashley Stewart, BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file MP Laurie Throness
tudents in School District 78 will now have more opportunity to take skills, technical and trade training, thanks to a $5,000 Skills Training Access Grant.
The program is expanding this year to include the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector, such as coding, and to make all school districts and independent schools not just rural districts eligible to apply.
With a growing economy and population, it is critical that we show our students the opportunities they have to pursue careers in the skilled trades and technology, Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said. Our future prosperity depends upon a resourceful and innovative workforce, which programs like these help develop.
Thanks to B.C.s fiscal discipline and balanced budget, the Ministry of Education is providing 30 public school districts each with a $5,000 grant to help them develop opportunities to support students who want to pursue skills and trades training, and career development. The ministry is also providing nine independent schools with grants worth $20,000 in total.
The grants can be used for the 2015-16 school year to help pay for:
To date, almost 560 students have benefited from grants. School districts also reported improvements to skills training, stronger relationships with post-secondary and training providers, and strengthened relationships with employers, as students are more work-ready.
The Skills Training Access Grant supports B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint, a plan for re-engineering the provinces education and training systems - from kindergarten through to post-secondary training and beyond - to ensure students have a full range of training options and are first in line for the careers of tomorrow
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