ACC partnership paves way for new initiative at Parkland Campus

Published on Tuesday, 03 January 2023 07:16

Assiniboine Community College (ACC) has partnered with Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology to offer a tuition-free Applied Building Construction program at ACC Parkland campus in Dauphin, beginning this February.

Selection into the six-month program will focus on engaging Indigenous youth from 18 to 30 years of age, who are not in employment, education or training (NEET Youth). There is space for 15 students. Tuition, textbooks, personal protective equipment, supplies and tools are all covered at no cost to those enrolled in the program.

“The Applied Building Construction certificate program provides students in this region an opportunity to receive training in a field with in-demand career opportunities, supporting an industry need for skilled trades workers,” said Kevin Poirier, dean of Trades at Assiniboine. “We’re thrilled to have Algonquin College on board to advance this opportunity for Indigenous learners. This funding strikes down a barrier for many of those looking to enter this field and goes a long way toward both transforming students’ lives and strengthening Manitoba.”

Applied Building Construction consists of six months of theory and practical learning followed by a seven-week paid practicum.

The program will be accredited with Apprenticeship Manitoba. Students who complete the accredited program with an average of 70 per cent or better in core trades subjects, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 900 hours in the carpenter apprenticeship program.

“Costs for training that supports entry into the job market are an ongoing barrier to employment,” said Assiniboine’s director of Indigenous Education, Kris Desjarlais. “It’s welcome news when we’re able to offer opportunities where students can receive hands-on training free of this financial strain. With this, students are free to focus on learning.”

The program, funded by Algonquin College, prepares students for in-demand careers within a trade that employers report has a shortage of skilled workers.

Interested candidates must attend a free program information session as part of their admissions process.

Sessions are available on January 11 and 26, and February 1 and 8.

For more program details and to register for an information session, visit assiniboine.net/appliedbuilding.

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