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Glen­garry District High School in Alexan­dria of­fers sev­eral pro­grams which give stu­dents op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­gin train­ing for jobs in the trades while still in high school.

Grade 11 stu­dent Aaron Keuren­t­jes is en­rolled in the Spe­cial­ist High Skills Ma­jor (SHSM) Trans­porta­tion pro­gram. Through this pro­gram, Aaron has re­ceived sev­eral cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing work­ing with a hoist. As well, he com­pleted a dual credit pro­gram in weld­ing at St. Lawrence Col­lege in Corn­wall. He will grad­u­ate high school and al­ready have earned one col­lege credit. Aaron won a sil­ver medal at the Skills On­tario com­pe­ti­tion held at St. Lawrence Col­lege in Fe­bru­ary and ad­vanced to the qual­i­fi­ca­tion com­pe­ti­tion in Kingston.

“The abil­ity to go to St. Lawrence Col­lege and get ex­pe­ri­ence on the ma­chines there has al­lowed me to see some of the pos­si­bil­i­ties that are out there for welders,” he says. “I might not have been aware of these pos­si­bil­i­ties with­out the chance to ac­cess the staff and equip­ment at St. Lawrence Col­lege on top of my cour­ses at GDHS and the cer­ti­fi­ca­tions from the SHSM pro­gram.”

Aaron is cur­rently work­ing on get­ting his 1996 Ford F150 road wor­thy and he is putting the skills he has learned in the SHSM pro­gram to use. “It's a lot of work, but it will be worth it. Right now I am re­do­ing the top end of the 4.9L en­gine, re­plac­ing the brakes, and fix­ing up the body,” he ex­plains. While Aaron does not yet know what he wants to do af­ter school, he says, “All of these ex­pe­ri­ences have opened my eyes to the many pos­si­bil­i­ties for var­i­ous jobs in the trades.”

The SHSM pro­gram is pro­moted by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion so stu­dents can de­velop em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills, earn in­dus­try cer­tifi­cates (e.g, work­ing at heights, First Aid, op­er­at­ing a hoist, etc.), and have on-the­job train­ing while they work to earn high school cred­its. GDHS of­fers stu­dents a chance to earn a SHSM seal in trans­porta­tion and health and well­ness.

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