Ahousat First Nation Delivers Career Tour – These Kids are Stoked! – Thanks to ASTTBC

It all started with a contact… and a need… for modest funding to get the Ahousat Career Tour started again after a two year gap due to lack of funding. This is the type of modest yet important contribution being made by the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC), an ASTTBC organization established in 2008 to help promote technology education and careers with First Nations people and to advance the application of technology in First Nations communities. The program was arranged through the sterling efforts of FNCC Vice Chair, Dawn McGrath, AScT, ROWP. Dawn and the FNCC Board is thrilled that FNCC and the ASTTBC Foundation (source of ASTTBC funds) is in a position to be supportive.

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“Thanks Dawn and the Board!  We are very appreciative and super-stoked to be able to get our Career Tour program started again after a two-year gap due to funding”, said Joe McHale, Principal, Maaqutiis Secondary School.

In making contact with the Ahousat Education Authority Dawn provided some helpful thoughts as FNCC – ASTTBC committed to funding, “We encourage visiting a couple of the technology based program deliveries that may provide them with information that may be new and insightful as these young minds are looking for furthering the opportunities of educational learning objectives.  ie.  the industrial mechanics program as an example.

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Congratulations on being an advocate to promoting ongoing learning and supporting the Technology sector as a potential career choice to these students.” Dawn is Superintendent of Utilities at Westbank First Nation.

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Following the Tour Principal Joe McHale sent the following report:
“It was a wonderful experience for our students, and has created a lot of buzz.  Our Career Teacher, Jerry Perry, and our Student Services Coordinator Pam Frank, as well as our super community volunteer Curt McLeod (who drove the bus and took many pictures) took a group of seven students out for a three day tour to Port Alberni, Nanaimo, and Victoria.  They visited North Island College, Vancouver Island University and Camosun College, as well as a radio station, a bank, the Royal BC Museum and a law firm.”

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