Memo­rial hosts Ca­reer Aware­ness Day

Cape Breton Post - - NORTHSIDE/VICTORIA - BY JULIE COLLINS

ous ca­reer op­tions avail­able to Grade 9 stu­dents and show­cased pro­grams of­fered at Memo­rial such as in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, car­pen­try, ra­dio tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing and mo­tor ve­hi­cle re­pair.

Vo­ca­tional pro­grams can be en­tered at a Grade 10 or Grade 11 level and run for two-to three­year pe­ri­ods. Stu­dents can come back as re­turn­ing grad­u­ates and com­plete their cho­sen pro­gram in one year.

“ We had 14 booths set up in the gym with in­for­ma­tion and dis­plays from the var­i­ous pro­grams. There were in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions where stu­dents could sol­der pipes or hook up elec­tri­cal wires.”

Col­lier said it is im­por­tant for Grade 9 stu­dents to be aware of pro­grams avail­able at Memo­rial and have the op­por­tu­nity to talk to stu­dents and in­struc­tors in those pro­grams.

“Hav­ing booths set up in the gym worked out well. It was def­i­nitely in­for­ma­tive for the stu­dents who were able to take their time and try dif­fer­ent things.”

There are 335 stu­dents en­rolled in the 12 core vo­ca­tional/tech­ni­cal pro­grams at Memo­rial, about 34 per cent of the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion.

“Grade 9 stu­dents don’t al­ways know what we of­fer at Memo­rial,” he said. “Ca­reer Aware­ness Day makes them aware of the wide va­ri­ety of op­tions out there when it comes to vo­ca­tional and tech­ni­cal trades. Over­all, it was a busy but a very pro­duc­tive day.”

Col­lier noted regis­tra­tion for vo­ca­tional tech­ni­cal pro­grams will be start­ing in April. “This gives the Grade 9 stu­dents time to dis­cuss pro­grams and pos­si­ble op­tions with their par­ents and guid­ance coun­sel­lors.” SYD­NEY — A 25-year-old Syd­ney Mines man has been fined $5,000 af­ter plead­ing guilty to a count of pos­ses­sion of co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

Steven MacLean en­tered the plea and was sen­tenced dur­ing

Julie Collins - Cape Bre­ton Post

Jeremy MacDon­ald of MacLennan Ju­nior High School in West­mount sol­ders a cop­per pipe fit­ting. Looking on are Memo­rial plumb­ing and heat­ing stu­dents Matthew Nu­gent, Katherine Marinelli and Jor­dan Penny.

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