Public school board making gains in skilled trades and technical education

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Windsor Star/Dave Waddell

Educators with the Greater Essex County District School Board are hoping to put a dent in the region’s skilled trades shortage with a technical education program that looks like it’s catching on among high school students, some of whom are earning up to $35,000 a year to learn a trade.

Enrolment has grown by two per cent in the public board’s technical education program, which includes construction technology, design, communication, transportation and exploratory (general tech). The program’s manufacturing sector alone has seen enrolment increase by 17 per cent.

That means nearly 1,000 more public high school students are enroled in skilled trades programs than five years ago, the board of trustees was told at its bi-weekly meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent of education Dan Fister said there’s been a “cultural change” in attitude, as well as a sustained campaign by the board to raise awareness of the opportunities for students in the skilled trades.  [Read More]