The NorKam Trades and Technology Centre has officially opened. The B.C. Ministry of Education hopes training workshops, specialized equipment and lecture areas will give secondary school students hands-on learning opportunities for years to come at the $7.4-million Kamloops facility.
"We know that to continue to build a diverse, strong and growing economy the future depends on our ability to better prepare our young people for the careers of tomorrow. The NorKam Trades and Technology Centre is one example of the B.C. Skills for Blueprint in action, giving students the skills and confidence they need to succeed on any path they choose to pursue."
The centre supports 100 student spaces each year, which will allow students to train in new skills and trades programs not previously offered at NorKam. Students from 10 secondary schools in the district also will be able to attend training programs offered at the centre.
The centre expands the school's existing skills-training areas, which include woodworking, metal, electronics, and automotive shops, as well as drafting, graphics, photo, computer and media labs.
As a separate building beside NorKam Secondary, the centre was funded through a partnership of government, by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the Kamloops/Thompson board of education.
There are many new fields where students can learn and train at the new facility, like construction trades training, including: Carpentry, electrical, plumbing and construction craft worker. There is also mechanical trades training, including: automotive service technician, heavy duty mechanic, motorcycle technician and welding.
Trades training for students will continue at Thompson Rivers University, however, the expanded facilities at NorKam will provide additional space and support for students to begin trades and technology training programs under a dual credit transition program to post-secondary studies.