Moneca Conway on April 18th, 2018

Skills Canada BC’s 2018 Provincial Competition was held today at the Tradex, in Abbotsford, BC.  More than 600 competitors in 58 competitions, competed in fields as diverse as: Aerospace, Automotive, 3D Animation, Baking, Welding, Robotics — and much more!

Congratulations to Liam Stregger & Jacob VanVolkenberg from NPSS winning Gold in Robotics.

Congratulations to Ninaad Rathod & Arya Yu from NPSS winning Silver in Robotics.

Moneca Conway on April 13th, 2018

Dual Credit Carpentry Foundations allows students in grades 11 and 12 to gain TUITION-FREE credits towards high school graduation and college simultaneously.  The student in the photo below just completed this house from the ground up including choosing colors, flooring, cabinetry, etc. gaining them their first level of the carpentry trade. For more information please contact Sharon Hoecherl at NPSS shoecherl@prn.bc.ca

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Moneca Conway on April 12th, 2018

School District #60 Careers is fortunate to have support from industry partners to provide students with the opportunity to access safety training and earn a  variety of safety tickets.  Today 18 North Peace Secondary School Students successfully completed Occupational First Aid Level 1.  For more information contact Jodi Hickey @ NPSS RM 120 

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Moneca Conway on April 12th, 2018

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BC Hydro came to NPSS to talk to the Aboriginal Students about opportunities within their Summer Youth Hires Program. 

Each year BC Hydro looks for career oriented students who are up for a work experience during the summer, pursuing a career in the trades with the opportunity to learn alongside professionals at BC Hydro. Participants are paired up with a manager at a BC Hydro facility in different parts of province, in a field that interests them. Then they spend six weeks shadowing the crew and experiencing first-hand what the job entails.

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Brian Campbell on March 12th, 2018

 

InSPIRE program started today at Bert Ambrose and will be in visiting Grade 6 classes across School District #60 for the remainder of the school year.

The InSPIRE program is a unique in-school presentation that provides teachers and students from grades 6 with a new perspective on skilled trades and technology careers through engaging and thought-provoking activities. Presentations not only link classroom subjects and students’ passions with skilled trade and technology careers, they also provide useful resources to help with further exploration of career options.

During the presentations students participate in hands-on activities and watch and listen to apprentices, other students and/or or industry professionals in a series of industry produced and ‘inspiring’ videos. In 2015/16 over 15,000 BC students will participate in this highly informative program.

Moneca Conway on March 9th, 2018

 

The Bold Eagle presentation was a great success , and sparked student’s interest.

Bold Eagle is a unique summer employment program that combines Aboriginal culture and teachings with military training.

Bold Eagle is a challenging yet rewarding opportunity that helps to develop valuable skills such as self-confidence, self-discipline, teamwork, time management, respect and fitness to list but a few.

It was wonderful seeing such a great turn out from our NPSS student community,  as well as the  Peace River community. 

For more information click link About Bold Eagle

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Moneca Conway on March 9th, 2018

Creepy Creature on a Plaque in the SD#60 Classroom

What better way to bring inspiration to your classroom and introduce your students to textiles and wood working, than to create a fake taxidermy creature on a plaque?  Magic Trout Imaginarium designed a felt wool creature on a wooden plaque hands-on activity uses a special barbed needle. Students will learn how to tangle and matte sheep’s wool fibres in order to create and attach shapes. In this workshop you will also have the chance to cut and finish a wooden plaque where you can mount your creature.  This project is quirky and fun, fulfills 2 ADST content modules and the best part is that both wool and wood are entirely biodegradable. For more information on bring this inspiring activity to your classroom please contact Brian Campbell bcampbell@prn.bc.ca

FORMAT: 3 hours, Suitable for grade 4-7, Fulfils 2 ADST content Modules, Intro to woodworking and intro to textiles

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Resources: 

Teacher Guide – Maker Club Play Book

Maker Club Play Book 

ADST- Reference-Booklet

Bonnie Bridges on October 17th, 2017

Natural resource mgmt. camp

With the combined efforts of our local Canfor Mill and the Council of Forest Industries, local companies and ministry employees donated their time and energy to show a group of students different opportunities for employment in the diverse industry of forestry.  Students had a great time learning about road engineering, silviculture, timber cruising, archeology and fire management.  Thanks to all the sponsors who took time out of their busy schedule to give students a glimpse into this fascinating industry.

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Bonnie Bridges on September 18th, 2017

In my previous blog post, I wrote about how people need to know more about themselves to more mindfully navigate the courses of their lives.  Work and careers make up a huge portion of our daily lives, and so, it is important to find working lives that align well with the rest of the greater whole that makes a person whom he or she is.

Over the last year, I have become familiar with a number of different personality profiling theories.  One I recently learned about is based on the work of Dr. John Holland, an American psychologist.  He developed the Holland Occupational Themes, and his framework postulates that all personalities are made up of a combination of six base categories.  An individual’s top three categories help to paint a picture of what occupations and work environments could best be suited to that person’s personality.

Please try a Holland personality test HERE.  Based on pictures, it’s quick to complete, free of charge, and it’s just plain interesting to see one’s results.  Unlike some web tests, you need not provide an email address.  You’ll be presented with four tiles depicting images of occupations or activities.  Your task is to pick your favourite of the four and indicate this with a check mark and to pick your least favourite, indicating with a red X.  I like how it’s so simple; this can easily be done with even elementary students, and in the event that a child is unsure about what is associated with a particular occupation tile, they can always explore the internet or ask an adult for further clarity before picking a response.

At the end of the personality test, a breakdown of the test taker’s personality type is revealed, along with occupation recommendations that suit his or her custom type.

If you’re a teacher, I recommend you try this with your students.  If you’re a parent, I recommend you try this with your family.  If you’re a human, I recommend you try this for your own self-understanding 🙂

FYI, Holland’s personality categories include:

R- Realistic: “Doers”- practical, hands-on, mechanical, etc.

I- Investigative: “Thinkers”- explorative, inquisitive, introspective, etc.

A- Artistic: “Creators”- sensitive, intuitive, expressive, etc.

S- Social: “Helpers”- working in service to others, kind, interpersonal, etc.

E- Enterprising: “Persuaders”- business-oriented tasks, managing, ambitious, etc.

C- Conventional: “Organizers”- working with data, logical, conscientious, etc.

To learn more, please click the link here.  What is your own personalized “Holland Code”?

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Bonnie Bridges on September 11th, 2017

In my years as an educator, I have always believed in the power of the potential of human beings.  I would argue that what should be connoted with the phrase “human being” ought to be a profound understanding and appreciation that each and every one of us is perfectly imperfect as we are in this exact moment, each in our own unique ways, with our very own histories, contexts, and desires.  With each soul holding on to such individual, and one of a kind truths, it begs that in the education world, teachers try to get to know the tales of each of the young people they teach. A good teacher tries to make human to human connections with their students and tries to get to know them as people.  This philosophy was clear to me early in my career, when I was a science teacher.  Later, as I moved on to teach in the AVID program, and then after that, in the district’s Career Education program, this appreciation dug in even deeper.

What I have recently put together as a career educator is that widespread, curricular career education needs to be made available to students also through a humanistic lens.  In addition to delivery to students in a recursive manner, career education should ask young people to learn about themselves.  I was excited to learn last year that self-inquiry is one of British Columbia’s new education curriculum’s core competencies.  Students must know WHO THEY ARE (self-awareness of one’s values, interests, strengths, limitations, etc.), and this self-inquiry and career education should be recursive, of course, because people and the contexts they’re in CHANGE constantly.  

Combined with self-knowledge, young people also need opportunities to access information about potential paths, and opportunities to practice skills that they will need on each respective, individualized path worked in throughout the courses of their educational experiences.

Further, another humanistic approach: learning directly from the experiences of others in one’s own local context is beneficial to students. Community engagement is a vital link here, because it is from members of the community that students can learn from first hand, the daily life realities of various career or education options.  This is where we tap into the inherent strength of a human collective.  This is an area in which School District 60 has done well historically, but of course, there is always room for wider spread use of this teaching strategy throughout more classrooms, and the District welcomes more local companies and organizations to liaise with us in providing access to career path information through events like Career Days or guest speaking engagements.  

If you’d like to work with us in giving the gift of information to young people as they make decisions that affect their futures, please contact the School District 60 Careers department at 250-262-6027 or 250-261-8203.

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