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Grade 8 students sample the trades

Greg Vandermeulen

The RRTVA (Red River Technical Vocational Area) hosted a Trades Camp for about 200 Grade 8 students. Here a student gets some welding instruction at the Welding Technology location in Morden. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

The RRTVA (Red River Technical Vocational Area) hosted a Trades Camp for about 200 Grade 8 students. Here a student gets some welding instruction at the Welding Technology location in Morden. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

MORDEN - 

Close to 200 Grade 8 students took part in Trades Camp, hosted by the RRTVA (Red River Technical Vocational Area) Feb. 2 and 5.
The experience gave them a taste of what life in the program for a specific trade would mean.
RRTVA Program Service Coordinator Lane Curry said they’ve done similar trades camps in the past, but only a few at a time, never all on the same day.
“These were done outside of the regular school day on Saturdays and after school,” he said.
This year saw students visit Morris, Altona, Dominion City, Vita, Winkler, and Morden for a variety of trades.
Those included welding,  autobody, carpentry, culinary arts, automotive technology, manufacturing, heavy duty equipment technology, community health & childcare, baking & pastry arts, electrical technology, esthetics, hairstyling and piping.
“The purpose was to provide a hands on learning experience for Grade 8 students and for instructors to make connections with future students,” Curry said.
Curry said the reaction of students to the event was great. “Heard many positive comments,” he said.
Currently the high school RRTVA programs have over 550 students.
“The benefit of the RRTVA programs is options for students, employment skills, cooperation while working with other people from other schools and towns,” Curry said.
He added the students attending trades day came from 15 schools in five divisions including Red River Valley, Garden Valley, Division Scolaire franco-manitobaine, Western and Border Land.