Working Day and Night for Students’ Futures

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A collective effort by the Foundation for Education, Avon Maitland District School Board, and the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board brought two significant career exploration events for students to the Stratford Rotary Complex on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019.

During the day from 10 am – 2 pm, the Interactive Career Day allowed students in Grades 7 to 10 to explore a wide range of career opportunities. 

The goal of the event was to have community partners who represent all five pathways – apprenticeship, college, community, university and workplace – connect and network with students through a series of interactive displays and activities.

Post-secondary institutions, the local workforce and community agencies will be there to showcase opportunities available to students during secondary school and beyond.

Students heard about specialty programs such as cooperative education, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) and Dual Credits through the School-College Work Initiative. 

That night from 4 pm – 7 pm, the emphasis focussed on opportunities for women in the non-traditional skilled trades.

The Real Deal on Skilled Trades is an annual event where parents/guardians and their daughters – Grades 8 to 12 – get a better understanding of a potential career in the trades. Attendees have the opportunity to engage, interact and be inspired by female mentors and exhibitors, take in authentic success stories and practical information about non-traditional skilled trades and enjoy a meal in the company of friends and family.

The aim of both events is to provide a comprehensive and lasting learning experience through which students find, explore and anticipate their future careers. 



Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsor:

Little Lakes Machine and Tool Co Ltd


Media Sponsor:

MTE Consultants Inc.

Kusiar Project Services Inc.

Print Sponsors:

Feltz Design Build Ltd.


Teahen Construction Ltd.

City of Stratford


Special Thanks:

Dairy Farmers of Ontario


Collage of pictures for 2019 Real Deal and Interactive Day

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