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On May 25-29, 2015, sixty TLDSB Grade 7 students attended Tech It Out! camp at Fleming College to experience skilled trades hands-on. This program is about inspiring and offering students the opportunity to explore skilled trades as a viable career path.

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Grade 7 Students ‘Tech It Out’

Sixty eager girls and boys from elementary public schools in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Muskoka, and Haliburton will be at Fleming College in Peterborough to “Tech It Out” from May 25-29.  Trillium Lakelands District School Board has partnered with Fleming College to offer a unique skilled trades residential camp experience to Grade 7 students.

Tech It Out is more than just getting students excited about skilled trades – it’s about inspiring and offering them the opportunity to explore skilled trades as a viable career path. The students, who will be housed overnight in Fleming residences, will spend three days accessing engaging programs and activities at Fleming’s Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre (KTTC). Each student will create a take home project. Through the building of this project, students will experience carpentry, plumbing, welding, electrical, solar energy, culinary, and arboriculture.

“This is a powerful and inspiring opportunity for our students,” stated Director of Education Larry Hope, “Helping students embrace the importance of skilled trades will help in making good course selection choices in secondary school.”

Trillium Lakelands District School Board offers a range of hands-on student opportunities in secondary school including the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), Dual Credits, Co-operative Education, and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).

“Nearly one in five jobs in Ontario is expected to be in trades-related occupations in the future,” said Board Chair, Louise Clodd, “Having students come to this wonderful facility at Fleming to gain some hands-on experience is really great.”

“The skilled trades and technology fields offer a wealth of rewarding and exciting career choices,” said Fleming College President Tony Tilly. “This type of immersive experience ensures younger students can try a variety of trades in a stimulating hands-on environment, which kindles in them […]

TLDSB Students Attend the 26th Annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition

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The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) was held at RIM Park in Waterloo on Monday, May 4 (Elementary Technology Activity Day) and Tuesday,  May 5. Featuring 67 skilled trades and technologies contests, and 2,000 competitors from high schools and colleges across Ontario, it is the largest skilled trades competition in Canada.
Over 20,000 spectators came out to RIM Park over these two days to witness the skills of Ontario’s young people in action. From contests in plumbing, culinary, aesthetics, and automotive service – to name only a few – competitors were judged on their skills related to their field, as well as their job interview skills and related soft skills.
Winners are presented with gold, silver, and bronze medals, and may also receive monetary awards at the closing ceremony held at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Wednesday, May 6. Many winners are eligible to move on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon at the end of May.
“Those who compete at the OTSC are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario. We believe there’s no better way for a young person to jump start their career than by providing them the opportunity to tell future employers they are a gold medalist in their field,” says Gail Smyth, Executive Director for Skills Ontario.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board was proud to send 14 students, competing across a range of industry disciplines and an additional 120 students who participated in elementary workshops, competition viewing and tours.

Quick Facts
• Over 8 million dollars in in-kind donations are required to make the OTSC a success, including the donation of over 500 power tools and 75 welders
• A section […]

Laker Lead-up Supports the Transition to High School

On April 30, 2015, Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School offered elementary school students an experience entitled Laker Lead-Up.

The purpose of this day was to introduce grade 8 students to a hands-on experience in some of their optional credits. The day provided students with an opportunity to meet both BMLSS staff and students, as well as other grade 8 students from BMLSS feeder schools.
As our students transition from Kindergarten to Grade 12, we encourage and support them to focus on four questions:

Who am I?
What are my opportunities?
Who do I want to become?
What is my plan for achieving my goals?




Muskoka Cardboard Boat Challenge Made a Splash

Grade 8 students from schools across Muskoka, and the winning team from the City of Kawartha Lakes challenge – Ridgewood Public School – participated in the Cardboard Boat Challenge today at the Bracebridge Sportsplex, which explored many of the skills required to be successful in the skilled trades.

Each school sent one team of four students to construct a cardboard boat in two hours with: 2- 4’x8′ sheets of cardboard, 1 roll of duct tape, 1 small can of Lafarge non-toxic contact cement, and 1 paint brush to apply the cement. Each group was judged on design, construction, speed, buoyancy, teamwork, and team spirit.

The day was definitely interactive and fun for students, teachers and judges!

Pathways Advisory Meeting – Enhancing Community Partnerships

The Student Success Department was honoured today to have members of the community participate in a Pathways Community Advisory Committee meeting.

The session was an excellent opportunity to share important information about the wide range of student opportunities that Trillium Lakelands District School Board offers students and how TLDSB could further enhance this programming through innovative collaboration with the community.

Highlights of Programs Discussed:

We’ve Got You Covered Elementary to Secondary School Transitions
Specialist High Skills Majors
Dual Credits
Cooperative Education
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s session. You have provided invaluable information that will assist us in continuing to provide innovative opportunities for our students.

TLDSB Students Compete at the OTSC Qualifying Competition

Due to the popularity of some contests at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), Skills Canada – Ontario holds Qualifying Competitions to ensure that the most prepared and talented students ultimately compete at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. Students from Trillium Lakelands DSB participated in four categories of this high-level provincial competition.

Students representing Fenelon Falls Secondary School and Huntsville High School competed at the Barrie and Midland campuses of Georgian College on April 28, 2015 in the following categories:

2D Character Animation (2 teams from Fenelon Falls SS)
Culinary (1 student from Huntsville High School)
TV and Video Production (1 team from Fenelon Falls SS)
Welding (1 student from Fenelon Falls SS and 2 students from Huntsville High School)

Congratulations to Caitlyn Gill and Matt Primmer, from Huntsville High School, who qualified to proceed to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo from May 4-5, 2015. Caitlyn placed 1st in Culinary and Matt placed 2nd in Welding. Way to go!


Central Senior School’s Students As Researchers Team Selected for Provincial Conference

The Students as Researchers (StAR) Team from Central Senior (@CentralSenior) was selected by the Ministry of Education to share their findings in the provincial StAR Conference on April 16, 2015.

The Students as Researchers Conference is a response to students’ suggestions about the importance of learning life skills like research and critical thinking. The conference provides new ways to gather student perspectives and incorporate students’ views into school policy and directives.

The Central Senior StAR Team is researching ways to make the transition easier for their school’s incoming students and for current students as they make their way to high school.

This effort to involve students in research is not meant to exclude an adult presence. The goal is to combine the experiences and efforts of both adults and students for mutual benefit. The Students as Researchers Conference concept encourages:

young people to organize around issues of their choice,
youth and adults to come together in intergenerational partnerships.

By making students and adults equal partners in collaborative inquiry we can support active engagement of students in questions of interest to them. Students work alongside teachers, mobilising student knowledge.

Students become “change agents” who affect school cultures and norms. Students and teachers develop a sense of shared responsibility for the quality and conditions of teaching and learning, both within particular classrooms and more generally within the school community.


Over 300 TLDSB Students Experience Skilled Trades at Exhibition Place

More than 10,000 high school students from across Ontario attended Future Building 2015 in Toronto on April 14th and 15th to learn about the high-tech construction sector. Over 300 students, from the following schools, attended from Trillium Lakelands District School Board:

Bobcaygeon Public School
Fenelon Falls Secondary School
Fenelon Township Public School
JD Hodgson Elementary School
Lady MacKenzie Public School
Langton Public School
Ridgewood Public School
Rolling Hills Public School
Wilberforce Elementary School
Woodville Elementary School

Future Building provides valuable information to students about opportunities for a rewarding and satisfying future in the Ontario Construction industry.

Attendees, receive one on one instruction from successful professionals currently employed in the construction sector who provide answers to questions about:

Career Choices
Education & Training requirements
Job Availability
Job Satisfaction

These volunteers appreciate the value of hands-on exposure and help open the minds of thousands of youth as they share their personal career journeys with tomorrow’s builders, employers and entrepreneurs.

Participants can enjoy a wide variety of activities, for instance you can “move the earth” with operating engineers, “hammer it home” with the carpenters and “learn to rock” with the brick and stone masons or take a ‘virtual walk’ on skyscraper scaffolding.

A career in the skilled construction trades may not be for everyone, but it might be for you!




2015 Muskoka Cardboard Boat Race is Coming!