I spent the day with 110 grade 9 students, almost all of our grade 9s, at Career Expo at Red Deer College. I normally bring our high school CTS students to this kind of event, but I think grade 9 is the perfect age. In grade 10 they start to make more choices about their courses, And giving them the opportunity to explore, even try out trades, careers, and post secondary options now will hopefully give them more ideas of career options to explore and information about how they can prepare for engaging and rewarding careers.
There were several speakers at the lunchtime reception, many associated with Red Deer College, Careers NextGen, and other sponsors and stakeholders. The speaker who impressed me was the 19 year-old Red Deer College student, is ranked 6th in Alberta in the Skills Canada electrical competition; she was a RAP student, and graduated from high school with over 100 hours of her apprenticeship completed. Employment offers are pouring in, but she plans to go to Haiti after she graduates to teach others her trade and help rebuild. Thoroughly inspiring.
I was also impressed with what RDC has done with it’s bathrooms.