Brian Campbell on April 17th, 2012


Peace Region Skills Canada team heads off to provincials

The students representing the Peace Region at the 18th annual Skills Canada British Columbia championships in Abbotsford gathered at Northern Lights College for a sendoff on Tuesday morning.

Team members were presented with jackets, and also assembled for a group photo, before departing for their flight to the Lower Mainland.

The Peace Region team is comprised of 20 competitors, including middle school, high school, and post-secondary students. Qualifiers were selected based on their performances at the Peace Region competition in March, held at NLC and Dawson Creek Secondary School.

Members of the Peace Region team competing at the provincials include:

Junior Division
·  Spaghetti Bridge: McKayla Dawson, Leah Thomson, Nathan Harris, Rachel McPhail
·  Gravity Cars: Jarrod Krane, Keatton Tiernan

Secondary Division
·  TV/Video Production: Bryan VanGenne, William MacElheren
·  Architectural CAD Design: Kelsey Wozniak
·  Carpentry: Marcus Bullert
·  Cosmetology: Carmen Mitchell
·  Welding: Austin Biddulph

Post-Secondary Division
·  Culinary Arts: Casey Gairdner
·  Aircraft Maintenance: Kristin Thackeray, Kristen Piazzini, Jeff Quock
·  Carpentry: Kyle Turner
·  Cosmetology: Kaley Garant
·  Welding: Branden Bowerman

Contributions were received from several organizations towards the travel costs for the event: EnCana Natural Gas, School District 59 Parent Advisory Committee, School Districts 59 and 60, and the Northern Lights College Foundation.

The provincial championships will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at Tradex in Abbotsford. For more information or results, go to

Photo caption: Members of the Peace Region Skills Canada team on Tuesday morning, prior to leaving for the Provincials in Abbotsford.

Brad Lyon, Executive Director, Communications and Community Relations
Regional Administration, 11401-8th Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G2
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Brian Campbell on February 29th, 2012

On February 29, 2012, Jeff Liedtke from Focus Group came and gave a presentation to a group of students regarding the processes involved in becoming a professional Land Surveyor.  Previously, Jeff had a one on one meeting with one of our International  Students outlining the multiple pathways to becoming a Land Surveyor, and he thought that other students might be interested in this progressive and interesting career.  So, we organized a lunch time seminar.  Complete with snacks, Jeff’s excellent presentation was well attended and peaked the interested of all in attendance.  We appreciate Focus Group for taking the time inform students about such exciting opportunities available in the field of land surveying.

Brian Campbell on January 25th, 2012

Every September for the past eight years, a group of ten to fifteen students have chosen to experience learning outside of the normal classroom.  The Residential Construction Program, led by Journeyman Carpenter, Richard Koop, spends the first semester of the year building a home from the foundation to lock up stage, hoping to complete the project by the middle of November.


The group then reports to a classroom in Northern Lights College to begin the theory portion of Level One Carpentry.  Once they have completed the practical hands-on learning on the house site, achieving a mark of 70 % or better, completed the theory assignments and unit tests and then written and passed the Industry Training Authority exam, the students are recognized as Level One Carpentry Apprentices.


The students return to their high school required academic courses for the second semester of the school year.  The Residential Construction Program is recognized as a Dual Credit Program, where students are able to earn credit at a post secondary level as well as 16 elective course credits toward their graduation program.


The benefits to the students who participate in the career programs are numerous. Students get a head start on a trades career, tuition free training, and the experience of working, learning, and succeeding in a non-traditional setting.  The graduation rates for students participating in Dual Credit programs or courses for 2006-2010 is 86.3%, compared to 68% completion rate for the same 4 year period for all traditional students. (  Surveys of graduating students have all indicated that the career programs were a big part of their success at school.


Instructor, Richard Koop explains it this way. ”The Dual Credit program in Carpentry provides an excellent opportunity for high school students to get hands-on experience in the trade and enables them to develop skills in Carpentry that are in high demand in the Peace country.  For many of the students, being involved in the program has given them direction for the future and has helped them experience success in learning new skills.”


Ryley Tschiedel is a grade12 student attending the Level One program this year.  He is scheduled to continue with Level Two Carpentry at NLC in Dawson Creek from February to June.  Ryley says, “ The Dual Credit program has been a good opportunity for me.  I think it is great that the tuition is paid for by the School District.  The learning is hands on and not just from books.  We actually build something and the hands on learning helps with the theory”.


Koop’s 2009 statistics of student’s retention in the trade of Carpentry show the benefit to the industry, and to the local economy.  84% of his students have worked in construction since completing the program, with 22 at a Level Two or higher, and 5 achieving Red Seal credentials (4 levels of technical training plus 5000 hours of apprenticeship).  Just under 50% of his students are still working in the construction industry in Fort St. John.



School District 60 is one of many districts in the province that recognize the growing need for skilled workers in all industries, and have put considerable time and effort  toward the development of the career programs through the Northern Opportunities initiative.  Residential Construction, Hairdressing, and Cook Training programs are offered through North Peace Secondary School.  In addition, the District will sponsor students (usually in grade 12, but also some grade 11) to attend trades training in a number of other trades at Northern Lights College at both the Fort St John and Dawson Creek campuses. In the 2010-2011 school year, the district sponsored 43 trades students. There are also approximately 100 students attending academic first year college courses at NLC, who receive dual credits for each course they complete.


Brian Campbell, Principal of Trades, recognizes the partnerships that make the Career Program so successful. “Local Industry has been remarkably supportive of our students, through hiring Secondary School Apprentices, by sitting on our advisory committees, and through contributions to Northern Opportunities (  The need for skilled workers is growing in our province, and across Canada, and School District 60 is attempting to meet that need, by giving students an opportunity to succeed in high school, pursue post secondary education, and to build a rewarding career”.


Stay tuned for a monthly article in the North East News spotlighting individual Career students and sponsors.  For more information about the SD 60 Career Programs (Work Experience, Secondary School Apprenticeship, and Dual Credit Programs), contact





Brian Campbell on January 24th, 2012

Students from the ELC had a great time helping to get the High on Ice Festival ready for the weekend activities!  They worked very intensely on making sure that the ice slides were in great shape for the kids to come and have fun.  Great job guys!

Brian Campbell on January 3rd, 2012



Ms. Cook’s AVID 12 Class presenting a cheque to two of Fort St John’s members of the Gizeh Shrine Temple.

Ms.Cook’s AVID 12 class raised $483.00 at their recent Christmas bakesale. The profits went to The Shriners Hospital in Portland Oregon which provides care for children with Orthopaedic issues. AVID 12 decided to donate to this foundation because The Shriners have many hospital arounds the world, who all are non-profit organizations. Shriners provides free healthcare to children who desperately need medical assistance.

Brian Campbell on November 7th, 2011

AVID 12 presents over $450 and supplies to the SPCA in Fort St John.

Brian Campbell on November 7th, 2011


Lacy Jardine from Esso (Imperial Oil) came into Planning 10 classes at North Peace Secondary School to talk about her career as a field operator.  Her talk emphasized that there many career opportunities for women in the trade areas.  Lacy , also spoke a lot about career opportunities for women with Esso.  She and another co-worker will be at the school on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 to meet with girls from two other Planning classes to talk about potential career pathways.

Brian Campbell on October 15th, 2011

It’s a camp about natural resources and how we humans use and care about wood and resources.  The camp went from Oct 3rd to 4th, 2011.  We went to beautiful Gwilliam Lake with around 20 students accompanied by Mrs. Ma and Mr. Mayer from School District #60.  We participated in 6 workshops.  In the workshops we learned about the animals which live in the forest and forest health as well as silver-culture.  It was very interesting and we learned a lot.

We played cards and talked a lot, some of the people may have even found their dream jobs!.  In the evening, we came together on a big campfire and some people warmed up in the sauna.

We woke up on the second day and enjoyed a big pancake breakfast  (Thanks to the crew in the kitchen) and then we started with our final workshops.  At the end of our camp we got some t-shirts before we started back to school.


Lisa Pilgrim


Brian Campbell on October 7th, 2011

Louis Cardinal and Taylor Lepine represented School District #60 at the Nenas Career Fair on Thursday, October 6th, 2011.  They spoke to their fellow students about apprenticeship and technical training and how it can lead to graduation and a career.

Louis is currently apprenticing as a Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic and is taking his technical training next semester at Northern Lights College. Taylor is studying hairdressing and is currently dual enrolled at North Peace Secondary and Northern Lights College.


Both Taylor and Louis are scheduled to graduate in June.


Brian Campbell on October 3rd, 2011


Today, a number of British Columbia post secondary schools visited North Peace Secondary School so students could discuss post secondary options with recruiters.  In attendance today were representatives from Simon Fraser University, Thompsons River University, University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia, Trinity Western University, Northern Lights College, College of New Caledonia, Okanagan College, Centre for Arts and Technology, and Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.