Canfor gives trades students grants

Seven Prince George students are $1,500 richer this week after receiving bursaries for work completed in a high school technical training program.

Canfor handed out the cheques Wednesday to the students who took part in the summer training and work experience, as part of the Career Technical Centre program.

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CTC is a partnership between the College of New Caledonia and School District 57, offering high school students a chance to earn dual credits and gain trade experience.

The partnership with Canfor has been going on for about 10 years, said CTC coordinator Doug Borden.

"The students like to work. They think it's interesting. Canfor is a great sponsor because they do a lot of different kind of work. (Students) get a lot of time with the tradesmen to figure out the next step of their career," said Borden of the students who went through a week of training and four weeks of work experience this summer.

"I think that's the biggest benefit for the students: they get a lot of time with (tradesmen) to figure out how to navigate the next parts of their career planning."

This year's summer students specialized in welding and heavy duty mechanics, with several already working in their trade, Borden said.

Typically Borden has about 16 students in the program from Grades 11 and 12, but last year the rules changed to only allow Grade 12 students.

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