Lakecity Secondary School shop teacher Andrew Hutchinson (right) with student Logan Lewis

Lakecity Secondary School shop teacher Andrew Hutchinson (right) with student Logan Lewis

New trades course teaches students foundational skills

Through a new course at Lake City Secondary School, students are learning how to install a basic bathroom.

Through a new course at Lake City Secondary School, students are learning how to install a basic bathroom.

“This course is a prerequisite for any trades courses that students want to take,” said teacher Andrew Hutchinson as students Logan Lewis and Avery Droucher added some finishing touches to their bathroom box in the wood shop at the Williams Lake campus. “They learn the skills of plumbing, drywalling, carpentry and electrical.”

For Logan the course was a great learning experience.

“I had a lot of experience in some areas, but we had professionals come and talk to us, teach us and show us how to do things properly instead of MacGyvering around the house,” Logan said. “We had fun.”

For Avery, the course added to some of the experience he has gained at home.

“Beforehand I was already renovating the kitchen at home with my dad, but there were some things I didn’t get to do that I got to do here such as mudding and drywalling,” Avery said. “I will be applying to the ACE-IT program for carpentry.”

Hutchinson said the course offers direct links to 20 different careers.

Materials for students to make the bathroom boxes is made possible with funding by the Industry Training Authority and the Construction Association of B.C.

“We received $40,000 worth of tools,” Hutchinson said. “The course is also being run at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary in 100 Mile House.”