Golden Hills School Division partners with Grande Prairie Regional College to expand trades training in high school

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Golden Hills School Division (GHSD) is proudly partnering with Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) to provide an innovative and transformational learning experience for students through the development of the Acme High School Tri-Campus Community Innovation Centre.

GHSD and GPRC 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.

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 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,” said Dr. Robert Murray, GPRC President and CEO.

GHSD is an urban/rural public school district serving approximately 7,500 students in communities east of Calgary.

Golden Hills schools include resident students as well as international students from over 20 other countries.

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 the baccalaureate and master levels through collaborations with four-year universities.



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