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Quinte SS students begin work on seventh house

Quinte Secondary School [1] students are eager to work on construction of a new home. It will be the seventh home constructed in a unique arrangement where students work alongside skill trades workers. The senior students are in the Quinte Student Structures program, a Specialist High Skills Major [2] offered by the school.

The program began in 2005 with the first home completed in 2006. Students in the program work in partnership with a local builder to construct a new home, giving them experience in and exposure to a variety of skilled trades.

"We are excited about the semester ahead for our students and partners. We know it will be an incredible experience for our students as they work alongside skilled trades workers," commented Principal Lisa Vincent.

GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY AND MEDIA EVENT
DATE: Monday, September 26, 2011
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Lot 12, Settler’s Ridge subdivision (see below for directions)
WHO: Students, staff and board officials will be available for interviews and photographs

The site is Lot 12, Settler’s Ridge subdivision, which is north off Maitland Drive between Sidney Street and North Front Street/Highway 62, Belleville. The home will be completed in the new year and will be available for purchase in the same way as other homes in the subdivision.

Quinte Student Structures is a Ministry of Education-accredited program that provides students with an opportunity to focus their learning in a skilled trade area while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The specialized program is to help prepare students to make a successful transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or directly into the workforce. The program enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge through the complete experience of building a house, and helps them to achieve graduation while pursuing their post-secondary goals. Students also learn team-building and leadership skills which they will utilize well beyond their secondary school experience.

Partners in the Quinte Student Structures program include the following:

Quinte Secondary School has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students, and a continued commitment to improving. Quinte has a proud and committed staff and student body. The school motto is "To learn is to grow in all ways."

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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