Trades excellence recognized by Sooke School District

Scholarships awarded to West Shore trades students

Three former Sooke School District students won four scholarships totaling $3

Three former Sooke School District students have been awarded $3,000 worth of scholarships toward their studies in trades local programs.

Belmont graduates and carpentry apprentices Brennan Muscoby and Cory Zander were each presented with a $1,000 Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) scholarship by SD62 board chair Wendy Hobbs at a May 13 ceremony.

The funds are provided annually by the Ministry of Education and the Industry Training Authority to students who graduated with a C+ average on Grade 12 courses, receive credit for all four SSA courses and accumulate at least 900 work-based training hours as apprentices.

Greg Baynton, CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA), presented a $500 scholarship to Pacific secondary graduate Nolan Balfe as the top high school student last year in Camosun College’s Plumbing Foundation program.

Muscoby collected a $500 VICA scholarship as top high school Carpentry Foundation student last year.

The association re-introduced its scholarships in 2009 to increase student awareness around career opportunities in the construction trades and to encourage apprenticeships.

For more information on apprenticeships or other career programs available in the Sooke School District, contact district careers co-ordinator Rodger Hargreaves at rhargreaves@sd62.bc.ca.

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