Student Apprentices Honoured at VSB Board Meeting

At this week's VSB Board Meeting, seven young apprentices were recognized by Chairperson Patti Bacchus, VSB Trustees and staff members for their hard work completing a wide-range of apprenticeships. The teens were awarded $1000 scholarships.

The Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) is a work-based training program, which is skill development through practical, hands-on experiences.  Students enrolled in SSA courses concurrently work and attend high school. 

This year's award winners included the following students:

Harrison Bronson was a cook apprentice at Milestones. Harrison attended King George and Roberts Adult Ed centre in order to work full time while in Grade 12. Harrison is currently working in construction during the days and at the Keg on weekends and evenings to keep his hand in the cooking field.

Riley Felardeau is a sheet metal apprentice currently working for Reid Brothers Plumbing. He started his career working one day a week in Grade 11 doing work experience for Kirkland sheet metal. By Grade 12 he was signed up as an apprentice and worked a flexible school schedule in order to work three days a week.

King Almazan was a Tupper Technical student in Grade 12. His first work experience was at Cambie Plumbing just a few blocks from Tupper. The staff loved him so much he did not go back to school and continued to work full time for the rest of his Grade 12 year.

Vincent Ng was in the Cook ACE IT program at Templeton Secondary. Ng is apprenticed to the Cactus Club at Ash and Broadway where he started as a work experience student. He currently hold his Professional Cook 1 certificate and has his work based hours for his Professional Cook 2 certificate and just needs to attend the school portion.

Jesse Ong was also a Templeton cook student. Ong did the ACE IT Baking program but was apprenticed as a cook with the Cactus Club. He was a Skills Canada contestant in Baking and eventually would like to complete his Red Seal in both trades

Alexander Rosa's father owned a plumbing company Rosa Mechanical and was able to sign his son up as an apprentice. Rosa completed the ACE IT plumbing program last summer and has been working steadily with his father ever since.

Elizabeth Weber was an ACE IT student three years ago at Britannia in the Auto Service Tech program. She was also apprenticed from her work experience at Nic's Garage in North Vancouver. Nic's is one of the few garages run by women and Weber says it has been a great place for a young woman starting out in a male dominated field.  Weber is currently looking for a new apprenticeship.

Tyler Wong was a Gladstone student who was lucky enough to have a father who owned his own auto repair business - Auto Repairs R Wee.  Wong had worked a lot for his father and part way through Grade 12 realized his was more interested in automotive than he thought. He has completed his first year at VCC so is a certified AST1.

Erika Yu was a member of the 2008 graduating class in Hairdressing. Part of the scholarship criteria is to graduate and Yu was short a course for graduation. She has worked for Sukis for many years and has now returned to school to pursue a career in accounting. 

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