Educating Niagara’s Grade 10 Students About Future Job Opportunities

$107,900 OTF Grow Grant Has Given Students In Niagara Career Planning Tools

“This grant enabled us to work collaboratively with the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board on a shared goal that will impact Niagara’s economic prosperity long into the future.” – Mishka Balsom, CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

A News Release from the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Posted March 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario –  On Tuesday March 13, 2018, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) welcomed MPP Jim Bradley and Sue Erskine, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, to its office to celebrate the Job Route project.

From left, Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer Sue Eskrine, Greater Niagara Chamber CEO Mishka Balsom, and St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley

Thanks to a $107,900 OTF Grow grant awarded two years ago, Job Route has been educating Grade 10 students about future job opportunities in Niagara through a course of sector-specific videos.

 “This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to assist young people in our area in gaining knowledge about job opportunities in Niagara will be of great benefit to them as they plan their future,” said Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines.

More than 4,000 students have had access to the Job Route program since receiving the grant.

 The video series introduced students to careers in seven different sectors: Skilled Trades/Apprenticeship, Advanced Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, Biosciences, Clean and Green Technology, Digital Media, and Health.

In addition, funds from the grant enabled the GNCC to coordinate guest speakers from these sectors to attend classrooms across Niagara to enrich the learning experience, allowing students first-hand interaction with professionals from their respective field.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Mishka Balsom, President/CEO of the GNCC. “This grant enabled us to work collaboratively with the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board on a shared goal that will impact Niagara’s economic prosperity long into the future.

Our school boards demonstrated a significant commitment to their students by adopting Job Route as a tool into their classrooms, ensuring all students have access to the information they need to make informed career decisions. These are the business owners and employees of the future, so we are thankful to Ontario Trillium Foundation for the opportunity to support local youth through Job Route.”

And while the grant ends in August, Job Route videos will remain available for use by school board partners. They can also be viewed on the Job Route section of the GNCC website at www.gncc.ca.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on the information in this  post in the space below the Bernie quote.

A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.

For more news and commentary from Niagara At Large – an independent, alternative voice for our greater bi-national Niagara region – become a regular visitor and subscriber to NAL at www.niagaraatlarge.com .

 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s