Participating grade 9 students in every secondary school across the system experienced Take Our Kids to Work on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.
The day provides grade 9 students with the opportunity to experience and learn about the world of work as they begin to explore possible career paths.
Three students, all children of Grand Erie personnel, took advantage of the learning and particpated in a day at the Education Centre.
Nolan Underwood, Morgan McMaster, and Paige Hardie (shown in the picture) spent the day learning about the academic and operational components to working in the education system.
They began their day attending Executive Council where they were greeted by the Director of Education, Brenda Blancher. They moved on to learn about the energy, conservation and enviornmentally responsible initiatives that Grand Erie is involved in thanks to Katie Hashimoto, Supervisor of Energy & Environmental Conservation.
A trip to the Safe Schools department taught them about how Grand Erie is creating inclusive environments for students. Switching gears, they learned about communications and public relations from the Manager of Communications and Community Relations. Following these discussions, the students learned the importance of Health & Safety from the Board's leading expert, Lena Latraille.
Facilitated by Student Success and consulant Ed Dipelino, the students left the Education Centre and went to Tollgate Technological Skills Centre to learn about the hospitality magnet program coordinated by teacher Tony Fordham.
After receiving lunch provided by students in the Tollgate program, they moved to the Teacher Resource Centre to learn about the board's information technology operations and secondary program offerings and opportunities.
Students toured the new Ecole Confederation school led by Facilities Services staff Lorne Strasser before making a trip to the transportation consortium where Manger of Transportation, Philip Kuckyt, informed them about the daily operations and logistics of school bus transportation.
Take Our Kids to Work supports career development by helping students connect school, the world of work, and their own futures.
This is the signature program of The Learning Partnership, which began in 1994 in the Greater Toronto area. Today, students across Canada, from Nunavut to Newfoundland participate in the program.