Northern College and Skills Ontario Hosts Weeklong Youth Skills Camp

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MOOSONEE, ON: Northern College and Skills Ontario hosted an innovative summer camp at Northern`s Moosonee Campus last week. Skills Ontario’s Skills Work!® summer camp gave nine local grade 7 and 8 students a chance to learn about trades and technology careers available in James Bay coastal communities.

Camp participants attended several workshops on topics including plumbing, residential wiring, alternative energy and carpentry, as well as cultural practices like craft making and food preparation. Moosonee was one of several places where Skills Work! Day Camps were held this summer.

“It’s never too early to start planning for your future,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “It’s important that we provide our youth the information they need to make informed post-secondary and career choices. We’re pleased that we had this opportunity to work with Skills Ontario to introduce these students to some of the exciting careers available in the trades and technology fields.”

Funding for the camp was provided by Northern College, Hydro One and the Government of Ontario.

Northern College is hosting a second weeklong summer camp for Aboriginal youth later this summer. The Lightning Trail summer retreat will be held from August 10th to 15th at the Timmins Campus, and is open to First Nation, Metis and Inuit students aged 13 to 18. Visit northernc.on.ca/lightningtrail for more information.

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