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East Kootenay Forest Education Highlights

Jim Jenkinson (Forest Educator)

Through the fall, Jim Jenkinson, East Kootenay Forest Education Coordinator, has been busy distributing classroom resources to teachers, librarians, and school district resource centres in the East Kootenay. “BC Forest Products for the World”, a new binder designed by FII and COFI, has been well received by secondary school teachers. The binder contains lesson plans, teacher background notes, classroom activities, posters, a DVD, and a narrated PDF slide presentation to complement the curriculum for a new senior course: “Sustainable Resources 11 & 12”.  (For more info, see COFI North Forest Education- New Secondary Teaching Resource)

Jim Jenkinson presents a copy of the new secondary resource to SD6 District Resource Centre Coordinator, Raydene Good-May.

Planning is well underway for another YES2IT event in the East Kootenay for late May. Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training (YES2IT) is a joint initiative of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE). The program was designed to increase awareness of trades amongst younger students. The benefits and opportunities of a career in the trades are explored by students and parents in pre- and post- event activities. Last year, 42 grade 9 students from three schools participated in interactive, hands-on activities with trades people at the two Cranbrook campuses of the College of the Rockies (COTR). This spring, the event will be expanded to two days, with 95 students from ten schools participating. Each full-day event will also include a tour of a local manufacturing plant, and then conclude with a barbeque and a skills competition. The event partners include Tembec, Elk Valley Coal, COTR, the ITA, the Resource Training Authority (RTO), as well as the three school districts: SD5 Southeast Kootenay, SD6 Rocky Mountain, and SD8 Kootenay Lake.

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