GPRC and GHSD partner to expand trades training for students
Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is proudly partnering with Golden Hills School Division (GHSD) to provide an innovative and transformational learning experience for students through the development of the Acme High School Tri-Campus Community Innovation Centre.
GPRC and GHSD have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate and provide a modern virtual learning opportunity with the intention to expand the vision and scope of rural technical and trades training within Alberta.
“The goal of the Acme High School Tri-Campus Community Innovation Centre is to create virtual learning spaces through the collaboration with businesses and post-secondary institutions to support the development of a visionary shift in the delivery of both practical and theoretical trades training,” said Bevan Daverne, GHSD Superintendent of Schools. “We are so pleased to work with GPRC to meet our local student and industry needs.”
The GHSD encompasses a large geographical area across rural mid-eastern Alberta. The recently signed MOU provides GPRC the opportunity to cultivate future students by directly instructing skill and trade development at the high school level while developing new opportunities for GPRC students.
“This collaboration with GHSD provides us with the opportunity to further our leadership role in Alberta’s educational and economic development at a time when innovative solutions to labour and skills gaps are most needed,” said Dr. Robert Murray, GPRC President and CEO. “This initiative aligns with our strategic goals of modernization, innovation and enhances our role as a community builder through K-12 and industry partnership. We are proud to highlight GPRC’s proven trades expertise and to collaborate towards a brighter future through enhanced opportunities for students across the province.”
By supporting and investing in this important initiative, GPRC will proudly aid in the creation of an innovative educational model for rural viability and provincial economic development. The Acme High School Tri-Campus Community Innovation Centre, once completed, will serve as an exemplar for career, skill and apprenticeship programming in rural and urban schools across Alberta.
GPRC is a comprehensive community institution, publicly supported to provide opportunities in post-secondary education in northwestern Alberta. Established in 1966 in Grande Prairie, GPRC includes campuses in Fairview and Grande Prairie. GPRC offers a wide variety of career certificates and diplomas, pre-employment and apprenticeship trades, university transfer studies, and several opportunities for on-campus degree completion at baccalaureate and master levels through collaborations with four-year universities. For more information, visit gprc.ab.ca.
Golden Hills School Division is an urban/rural public school district serving approximately 7500 students in communities east of Calgary. Golden Hills schools include resident students as well as international students from over 20 other countries. To learn more about how our schools Golden Hills Schools power hope and possibilities visit www.ghsd75.ca.
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For more information, please contact:
Interim Manager, Communications and Marketing, GPRC
Superintendent of Schools, Golden Hills School Division