Brian Campbell on April 6th, 2011

Riley has truly personalized his learning and has used high school to springboard himself into his future career.  Riley is currently enrolled in the Secondary School Apprenticeship program and finishing his high school courses at Northern British Columbia Distance Education School.

While enrolled at North Peace Secondary School, Riley started to plan his career and took advantage to School District #60’s Dual Credit program and enrolled in Northern Lights College’s  Welding program.  Riley has now completed two level’s of technical training and has over 1500 hours of time in trade and he is still in high school!

Riley also won a Silver medal in Welding at the Provincial Skills Canada Competition while in Grade 11.

Riley has a great start on his Welding career and it all began in High School.


Brian Campbell on March 19th, 2011

FORT ST. JOHN – Students in the Industrial Instrumentation Foundation Trades program at the Fort St. John Campus of Northern Lights College showed their creativity during a recent piping project.

Instructor Stacy Smith asked the students to construct three-dimensional (geometric) shapes that could be pressure tested (and hold) to 30 pounds per square inch (PSI).

The projects yielded some impressive results, with the students proudly displaying their work in the classroom.

For more information on Trades and Apprenticeship programs at NLC, check the website at or call the College at 1-866-463-6652.

Brian Campbell on March 18th, 2011

When a group of students from Fort St. John’s North Peace Secondary School visited the construction site of the new health care facilities recently, they were looking to be inspired.

That’s because the students, all registered in the school’s Employment Readiness Program, are exploring different career options to take on after they graduate.

Brian Campbell, District Principal of Careers and International Education with School District 60, says the program was designed by the school district to help students transition from school to the working world. It offers employment skills such as interpersonal communication, resume writing, and opportunities to work at actual jobsites.

“This is the first year that the course has been offered in this format. It’s been tweaked to better suit the students’ needs,” said Campbell.

“It’s a great program to get the students out into the community and it can’t work without community participation.”

Julie Ludwinowski, employment readiness teacher, said her 19 students, from ages 15 to 18, work on employability skills that are relevant to their interests and based on student needs.

“We’re taking things on that they can translate into their real lives, including how to calculate wages, and do math in the workplace,” she said. Students also learn how to obtain a FOODSAFE ticket, needed for jobs in the food industry; how to apply for a driver’s licence; and also explore various employment options depending on the interests of each individual student.

“At the hospital, we were really excited that the students had the opportunity to find out about the different jobs that are not only available as the construction goes on, but also after the hospital is completed,” she said. “The team there really did a good job of explaining what they’re doing on the construction site, but also why they are doing it and how certain jobs relate to what it takes to run a hospital.”

Ludwinowski said the students have also discussed gender roles in certain professions. One of the female students on the hospital tour, who has taken up woodworking, asked the tour guides if any of the construction companies hire women.

“When Rikki was told they do hire women on the site, you should have seen the big smile on her face,” said Ludwinowski. “It’s nice to see because traditionally young women were not in the trades.”

Tom Sparrow, Project Director, said he was pleased to see young members of the community touring the construction site.

“What a wonderful learning opportunity this was for the students,” said Sparrow. “It will give them great insight into how an operation is run and hopefully inspire them as they try to figure out their future career paths.” ●

This article appeared in the March 2011 newsletter of the Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care Project, published by Northern Health.

Jarrod Bell on March 17th, 2011

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Brian Campbell on March 15th, 2011

Jacob Andrews is a currently dual enrolled in North Peace Secondary School and Northern Lights college.  Jacob is finishing his studies by attending NLC’s Wind Turbine Technician Program.  He is a student with a goal in mind, that has personalized his education with his future career in mind.  Watch the video below and see what he has to say about his education and his career path.

Dual Credit Video

Brian Campbell on March 15th, 2011

Students from School District #60 did extremely well in the Skills Canada Competition.  Student from North Peace Secondary received  gold, silver, and bronze medals in Hairdressing and Automotive.  Students from Doctor Kearney Middle School received a silver medal in the Spaghetti Bridge Competition and a student from North British Columbia Distance Education School received a bronze medal in Carpentry.  Gold medal winners are off to provincials.  Good luck!

Watch Video:  Skills Canada Video , Spaghetti Bridge Video

Brian Campbell on March 15th, 2011

The AVID 10 students were given the opportunity  to be student for the a day at Grande Prairie Regional College.  They participated in various classes that included: drama, theater, visual and spatial conception, art design, audio recording and musical genius.

Brian Campbell on March 15th, 2011

AVID Career Speakers

In early February 2011, AVID 10, 11 and 12 students were given the opportunity to listen to a variety of career presentations.  The focus of these talks centered on life skills and education.  The AVID program would like to thank RCMP Corporal Shawn Knowles, Conservation Officer Joel Kline, Chief Fred Burrows and Fire Fighter Jason Donszelmann, Northern Valve’s Jaret Thompson and Alaska News reporter Kelly Lapointe.



Brian Campbell on March 19th, 2010

The Council of Forest Industry (COFI) invited students from North Peace Secondary School to participate in a tour of a forestry site so that students could better understand the careers available to them in the Forest Industry.

Brian Campbell on February 18th, 2010

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