The School Works Program benefited Tom Oglow

The School Works Program benefited Tom Oglow

Columbia Basin’s School Works program returns

Students looking for part-time work are in luck as the popular Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program returns.

Students looking for part-time work are in luck as the popular Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program returns, providing assistance for students this fall.

The program allows businesses and organizations around the Basin to provide students in high school or post-secondary with the opportunity to get part-time employment during the school year.

In Fernie, a student from Selkirk College School of Environment and Geomatics was taken on to help city staff convert mapping databases to a new standard system.

“Our [co-op] student received on-the-job experience in her trained field and had the opportunity to be both creative and innovative,” said Lisa Janssen, engineering technologist for the City of Fernie, in a press release last week.

Lisa Kilpatrick, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, spoke highly of the program, saying, “It gives local businesses and organizations some extra support, while increasing local employment opportunities for students to make some money and get valuable work experience during the school year.”

The program is administered by the College of the Rockies and provides a wage subsidy of up to $8/hour for applicable students.

Since its commencement in 2012, the program has helped create 310 student jobs, according to Rachel Lucas, communications manager of the Columbia Basin Trust.

More information on the School Works Program as well as an application form are available online at cbt.org/schoolworks2014.