Wednesday , 4 August 2021

Imperial Supports Dual Credit Learning Opportunities at LCSD

Imperial Oil has awarded $30,000 to Lakeland Catholic School District to support enhanced dual credit learning opportunities.

As the result of $50,000 in start-up funding from Alberta Education, LCSD is offering a new dual credit learning opportunity this year.

The trades entrance dual credit initiative includes pre-employment heavy equipment technician, electrician and robotics pathways in partnership with Portage College.

These courses are related through the electrical pathway. The Imperial funding will allow Lakeland Catholic School Division to enhance this program even further.

The electrical pathway is being explored through having the classroom teacher collaborate with college instructors. Students will visit the electrical program at Portage College throughout a semester to learn about circuit fundamentals.

“We would like to work on a Pre-Employment Electrical Program with our post-secondary partners in the future, and this is a great place for us to begin,” said CTS Coordinator Amanda Wildman.

The robotics and coding course outline is complete, and the developers are now working on content for the course.

The plan is to have it available to students as a University Transfer course from Portage College in the future.

All Grade 12 students are eligible to register for one free University Transfer course at Portage College each semester.

Portage College Dean, Robin Tizzard said, “It is Portage College’s goal to increase access to university level courses in our region. These free university courses provide an excellent pathway for our youth.”

The pre-employment heavy equipment technician program opens doors for students to apprentice and challenge the AIT (Apprenticeship and Industry Training) exam-Period 1. The theory portion of the program will begin in Feb. 2019 at LCSD.

Through this initiative, students will explore different pathways between trades and technologies and the possibilities that result by connecting them. These learning opportunities offer a chance for students to explore possible career and post-secondary pathways while they are still in high school; therefore, helping them to make more informed choices about potential future pathways.

“Skilled Trades people are the backbone of the Alberta economy and Portage is committed to working alongside Lakeland Catholic School District as a partner in training the next generation of tradespeople. Focusing on developing highly educated and skilled professionals to meet the demands of our future economy and society is a priority for Portage and we welcome the support of Imperial and other industry partners in fostering similar initiatives” said Reuel Thomas, Dean of Trades and Technology.

This unique and innovative learning opportunity is well aligned with Imperial’s key areas for funding including education; and in particular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with an emphasis on oil and gas industry related skills and areas of expertise.

Frank Oberle, Public and Government Affairs Manager with Imperial said, “We are proud of our partnership with LCSD and the great impact this program is having in our Lakeland communities.”

Lakeland Catholic said they are truly grateful to Imperial for supporting these hands-on learning opportunities.

CTS Coordinator Amanda Wildman believes that partnerships such as this are a vital component to the success of career and post-secondary related learning.

“We are so grateful to our partner Imperial for their continued support in enhancing our programs.”

About Michael Menzies

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