Learning to make sparks fly at FSS

A group of 16 students is getting a chance to get some hands on electrical training.

  • May. 28, 2011 3:00 p.m.

(Front) Lee Bryans and (back) Ken Larsen learn how to use a scissor lift.

A group of 16 students is getting a chance to get some hands on electrical training.

College of the Rockies has partnered with the Fernie Secondary School to teach an electrical foundation program.

The class is made up of six Fernie Secondary students and 10 adults from all over the country.

“Everyone has really supported this program,” said electrical instructor Tim Thomas.

Thomas came from the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook where the program is typically taught, to teach the program at FSS.

The program provides all the students with pre-employment experience including learning how to do proper electrical instillation, metering, and testing.

Each student also becomes certified to use a scissor lift and the Fernie Fire Department assisted in teaching the students how to extinguish a variety of fires.

Thomas said that even though most students, when they start as an apprentice, will be expected to do grunt work, he hopes the skills they learn through the program will give them a leg up.

For more information on programs at College of the Rockies visit their website at www.cotr.bc.ca

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