K-8 Career Exploration Pilot Project Comes to Carlin

Over 80 Grade 6-8 Carlin Middle School students jammed into its library to learn more about the world of Careers Wednesday morning.

Carlin students settle into the virtual lesson facilitated by Vice-Principal and Careers Teacher Sandra Major (Standing right).

The students are part of Sandra Major’s Grade 6-8 Career classes. Major’s classes joined several others across the province virtually to carry on the Career Exploration Pilot program which began last week. School District No. 83, along with B.C.’s Education Ministry and the U.K. non-profit charitable organization Education and Employers, are working together on a pilot program to breakdown gender roles in the world of work. The project is seeking to raise children’s aspirations and broaden their horizons by connecting grade schools with inspiring, relatable role models from the world of work.

Like last week’s exercise, the students played “Guess My Career”, where students ask a question and the guest could only respond with “Yes” or “No” answers. Two this week’s guest were a female engineer who is a Community Program Worker for Amazon Canada and Antoinette Yap, a female millwright.

Yap explains her interest and her work virtually to the students

The final event will be next week in Sicamous where kindergarten students will be learning at Parkview Elementary.

For those wanting to learn more about the program, they can contact SD 83 Career Education Coordinator George Richard at 778-824-1188 or email grichard@sd83.bc.ca.

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