Once a Gator... Always a Gator
by Brad Dixon
When Michael Stevenson, a high school technology teacher with the Niagara Catholic District School Board, approached the Niagara Skilled Trades Academy about the Niagara Launch Centre – Powered by Niagara Catholic District School Board, a new program being offered in Welland, they knew it was an initiative they wanted to be a part of.
“It was an amazing opportunity to reach out to high school students who want to kickstart a career in the trades and help them see the goals they can accomplish in an industry that usually doesn’t get nearly enough attention,” said Carol Wayland, who owns the Niagara Skilled Trades Academy with her husband Carl.
That opportunity is a new centralized program for high school students to get hands-on experience in the skilled trades and explore viable career and apprenticeship options. After being in the works for 4 years, Stevenson was excited to introduce this as a first in not only Niagara, but Ontario.
How the program operates:
Congrats to Laura Ferreira, recipient of the United Way Bursary! Well done Laura! Congratulations