School district celebrates new Terrace trades centre

The school district hosted an open house October 30 in the new trades centre, which is in the renovated Thornhill Junior Secondary School.

Hairdressing student Abigail Gosnell styles a beautiful fall updo on a mannequin at the new trades centre in the old Thornhill Junior Secondary building.

The Coast Mountains School District celebrated the opening of their new trades centre, which opened in the old Thornhill Junior Secondary building in September.

At the open house October 30, innovation and forward thinking was spoken of by school district superintendent Katherine McIntosh, chief executive officer Gary Herman from the Industry Training Authority, Terrace mayor Carol Leclerc, and top officials from Northwest Community College, the regional district and UA Piping Industry College of BC.

Several noted how nearly everything in our everyday life, from buildings and roads to restaurant meals and cosmetics, are touched by the trades.

They added that emphasis for students to attend university is now changing to encourage students to consider trades as a path to a well-paid and secure career.

The Northwest Trades and Employment Centre in Thornhill houses a hairdressing studio and the distance education arm of the school district.

It also leases space to the UA Piping Industry College of BC.

The school district is planning further development in the centre over the next three years.