Trades Centre, building on the past and looking ahead
By Sarah Sutton, Communications Officer, ICS Society
Students in the Wood Technology and Automotive Mechanics programs at Immanuel Christian Secondary School are branching out and benefitting from the extra space available at the school’s new Trades Centre.
The 7,800 square foot space, now in its 2nd year of use, is located just behind the secondary campus and was completed in Spring 2017. Principal Rob vanSpronsen says it’s been great to have the space so close to the school, as opposed to transporting students by bus to a leased shop in the industrial area as done in previous years.
“The neatest thing is seeing students go to the Trades Centre during their spares or noon hour to work on projects,” says vanSpronsen.
He says trades at ICSS will be enhanced this year with new programs and new equipment, including a hoist that will be purchased with the Clinton Konynenbelt Memorial Fund.
Most of the current equipment was transferred from the leased shop, but now there is twice as much space for it. The Trades Centre is divided into two sides, with classrooms, offices and bathrooms in between. The Wood Technology side now has 3,500 square feet, which was the total space of the leased shop.
“We are planning to expand our programs in the near future,” says vanSpronsen. “Possibly even adding Mechanics 20 and 30 by next semester.”
He says the programs have also benefitted from instructors Dylan Procee (Wood Tech) and newly hired Clint Germsheid (Mechanics).
“Both of our instructors understand kids really well and connect with them,” said vanSpronsen.
Immanuel Christian Secondary School has also made connections with Lethbridge Christian School due to the new Trades Centre. Lethbridge Christian School is now leasing the space once a week for its trades program.
In addition, Immanuel is now part of the Dual Credit program through the connection of Lethbridge School District No.51 with Lethbridge College. All District students, including ICSS students, can now earn Dual Credits - both high school credits as well as Lethbridge College credits - by taking Lethbridge College's first year of the Automotive Mechanics program while still in grade 12. This means that the cost of the first year is covered by the high schools.
Looking ahead, vanSpronsen says there are some equipment needs for the Automotive Mechanics program, specifically the hoist and diagnostics equipment.
“We will be using the Clinton Konynenbelt Memorial Fund to purchase a 2-pull hoist for the Mechanics program,” said vanSpronsen. “We’ve been deliberately waiting to use it for something big and this seems like the perfect thing.”
There are currently 36 students in Mechanics 10, and about 60 Senior High students and 60 Middle Years students in the Wood Technology programs.
Date posted: November 14, 2018