Province announces more learning opportunities in the skilled trades for high school students

More high school students will soon have access to hands-on learning opportunities to help them prepare for careers in the skilled trades.

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced April 3 that seven new high schools will benefit from the expansion of Skilled Trades Centres, including Cobequid Education Centre in Truro. 

Cobequid Education Centre principal Bill Kaulbach says this expansion will help the school build on programs like the Hot Works Lab for welding and will allow for small class sizes. 

School boards and principals will determine what courses will be offered in each community. 

The province's Capital Plan, announced in January, included $5 million to expand Skilled Trades Centres across Nova Scotia.