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Education up for discussion at Chamber
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
On Wednesday, John Taylor, off campus coordinator with the Livingston Range School Division, spoke about the changes coming to education in Alberta at the Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting at Country Encounters Hospitality.
Taylor says the new system will be relying less on a fixed curriculum and more on community engagement and real world experience. He says this will be benefitting the youth by getting them involved in the working world at an earlier age.
He talked about one American study that found the top ten most in-demand jobs today weren’t even jobs in 2004. He argued that getting the kids into the work place earlier would rescue them from a rigid curriculum and turn them into more easily employable adults.
But local businesses might also benefit by hiring students.
One program that is getting youth employed in the Pass is the Registered Apprentice Program (RAP). The program allows youth to get authentic work experience in any one of the 50 trades recognized by the province.
Another group is called Youth and the Work World, a coalition of parents, educators and professionals who find employment opportunities for youth.
Other than the trades, Taylor says some students are finding apprenticeship programs in social work, business and even journalism.
“There are a lot of good things happening with businesses in the community,” he says.
He also says some high schools are moving away from a strict curriculum based program. He says one high school suspended their schedule for the week and dared students to come up with their own courses and programs.
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Rather than take the week off, students created a wilderness survival course where they learned shelter building and backcountry skills. They also launched courses in photography, robotics and even butchery.
Instead of sitting for a written exam, students who signed up for the latter course went to a local butcher and learned how butcher a pig.
The next meeting of Youth and the Work World is April 24, 7 p.m. at Crowsnest Consolidated High School.

Kananaskis Pro Rodeo coming to town
Joe Trotz, spokesperson for the Kananaskis Rodeo Association, says the rodeo is coming to town and will follow a similar schedule as previous years.
Austin Stewart, a rodeo clown out of Charlotte, North Dakota, is on his way back to perform tricks and a fire act.
“I thought he did a really good job. We like to update our clown performers every two or three years, so we’ll have him back one more year,” says Trotz.
The rodeo will be held at the Coleman Sports Complex from April 25 to 27. The event is being launched with a dance at the Coleman Legion followed by a late night rodeo performance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Each rodeo performance will include all the traditional pro rodeo categories including saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and team roping.
Sunday, April 27 is being declared “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day and all rodeo goers are being encouraged to dress in pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

New business in Bellevue
A new business, the Silver moon café and grill, will be located in Bellevue. It’s a brand new member of the chamber. They could be opening in as little as a month.

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