Board un­vei­ling tui­tion-free te­le­com­mu­ni­ca­tion, com­pu­ting courses

Stu­dents, tea­chers of­fer best ad­vice Classes good fit for hands-on lear­ners

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be­fore. Help them get or­ga­ni­zed so they aren’t scram­bling in the morning or at school.

4- Use the agen­da to com­mu­ni­cate with your child’s tea­cher.

5- Set up a quiet work space for ho­me­work. Be avai­lable to help if nee­ded.

6- Have a set ho­me­work time each day – of­ten, right af­ter school, af­ter a snack. No di­gi­tal de­vices un­til ho­me­work is done.

7- Buy ex­tra school sup­plies like loose leaf pa­per, no­te­books, poster board, pens and pen­cils when they’re on sale af­ter the back­to-school rush. Such sup­plies are han­dy for the in­evi­table 9 p.m. week­night an­noun­ce­ment that they need one of those items the next morning.

8- Be­come a school vo­lun­teer – not on­ly are you hel­ping out, you can get to know the staff and other stu­dents and pa­rents.

9- Read with your child eve­ry night or en­cou­rage them to read for plea­sure - li­te­ra­cy is the grea­test gift of all.

A three-phase Les­ter B. Pear­son School Board pi­lot pro­ject of­fe­ring tui­tion free trade courses in te­le­com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­pu­ting sup­port is ex­pec­ted to be ready by the end of the month.

The Pear­son Elec­tro­tech­no­lo­gy Centre in La­chine, which boasts in­ter­ac­tive re­source class­rooms and e-lear­ning sys­tems, will of­fer courses in Com­pu­ting Sup­port, Ins­tal­la­tion and Re­pair of Te­le­com­mu­ni­ca­tions Equip­ment and two courses spe­cia­li­zing in Main­te­nance and Construc­tion Elec­tri­ci­ty.

The classes may be the per­fect fit for stu­dents not in­ter­es­ted in pur­suing CE­GEP or uni­ver­si­ty de­grees, but who want to train for 21st Cen­tu­ry jobs.Or­ga­ni­zers say the courses will give stu­dents an ad­ded edge in pre­pa­ring for the fu­ture.“We are crea­ting a smart re­source class­room at uni­ver­si­ty-le­vel ca­li­ber,” said Ri­chard Oli­ver, di­rec­tor of PEC, the Les­ter B. Pear­son vo­ca­tio­nal school of­fe­ring the new courses.

Oli­ver said adult stu­dents will have ac­cess to current and emer­ging tech­no­lo­gies.

“Stu­dents en­ter our pro­grams with dif­ferent aca­de­mic back­grounds, dif­ferent lear­ning styles and in ma­ny cases, lan­guage bar­riers,” he ex­plai­ned. “We in­tend to use edu­ca­tio­nal tech­no­lo­gy to help sup­port the dif­ferent needs of our stu­dents”.

Among other things, the school will teach com­pu­ter hard­ware and soft­ware, sol­de­ring and ins­tal­la­tions of cables, fi­ber-op­tic equip­ment, as well as elec­tri­cal and fire con­trol sys­tems in its state-of-the-art labs.

It al­so of­fers the on­ly En­glish-lan­guage Ins­tal­la­tion and Re­pair of Te­le­com­mu­ni­ca­tions Equip­ment and Elec­tri­ci­ty course in the pro­vince.

Phase One of the new pro­gram in­vol­ved the crea­tion of a class­room de­si­gned to pro­mote student en­ga­ge­ment and vir­tual col­la­bo­ra­tion with com­mu­ni­ty and in­dus­try part­ners.Oli­ver said stu­dents will be able to con­nect with on­site co-op stu­dents, in­dus­try ex­perts and other edu­ca­tio­nal cen­ters through web confe­ren­cing and vir­tual class­room tech­no­lo­gy.

Phase Two will give stu­dents on­line ac­cess to course content and elec­tro­nic re­sources in­clu­ding sa­fe­ty com­pliance tu­to­rials, ins­tru­ment-user guides and student sel­fas­sess­ment tools.

Fi­nal­ly, phase Three will see stu­dents de­ve­lop elec­tro­nic portfolios, give mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tions, use so­cial me­dia, con­duct we­bi­nars and com­plete com­mu­ni­ty-ba­sed pro­jects. To learn more about the Pear­son Elec­tro­tech­no­lo­gy Centre courses call the centre at 514 798-1818, or go to

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