New program proposed for G.V.C.
Garden Valley Collegiate
By Melissa H. (Grade 12)
WoodLinks is a new program proposed for Garden Valley Collegiate (G.V.C.). A unique industry-education partnership, the program started off in British Columbia and is now spreading throughout North America.
The WoodLinks program teaches students how to work in industry and gets their foot in the door for many industrial job opportunities. The program is affordable and gives students a good learning experience and the opportunity to try out different work options.
G.V.C. teacher Mr. Scott Dryden indicates that 80 per cent of students do not go on to post-secondary school. "There is a need to produce skilled workers for employment within Southern Manitoba," says Mr. Dryden. This program would be excellent for our region, because local industry needs skilled laborers.
Graduates of the WoodLinks program are not guaranteed jobs after high school, but cooperating employers see the students' skills and know their capabilities.
Both industry leaders and educators recognize WoodLinks as a program that helps students get jobs.
Mr. Dryden recommends that interested students look into this educational program and set goals for their future in this area of industry.
The local starting date is set for the fall of 1998.