Trades and Transitions Program Registration Open Now

Posted On Monday February 08, 2021

Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 can apply now for Trades and Transitions (TNT) programs.

TNT programs are designed for students considering a trades career; would like to earn credits towards a post-secondary diploma; or are interested in academic-focused university preparation studies.


“This time of year, our focus is on connecting students with the right program for them as they begin their post-secondary planning,” said Rob Wielgoz, TNT district vice-principal. “We also want students to know there are some great opportunities to earn extra post-secondary credits before they graduate, and in many cases, financial support in covering tuition fees.”

The registration deadline has been extended to Monday, March 1.

To learn more, parents and guardians are invited to a District Program Evening Zoom meeting (here is the link) on Feb. 17, 2021, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

Program applications are available online, on the TNT website . To register for a program, find the application form the program page, and speak to the TNT coordinator at your school.

Questions? email TNT at


Here are the available programs:

Digital Arts and Technology Academy

D.A.T.A. Program - Semester 1 at Sa-Hali Secondary; grade 11 or 12; apply in your grade 10 or 11 year; $350

Immerse yourselves in the exciting field of software design with the Digital Arts and Technology Program. This program will provide students with an opportunity to develop coding skills, work with software platforms and experience the digital design process in the context of creating their own video game. Students will also acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue future training and opportunities within the software industry.


Youth Train In Trades - Hairstylist Program

2 semesters at NorKam Senior Secondary; apply in your grade 9 to 11 year; $1260

This program offers students an opportunity to jumpstart their career as a stylist by completing their Industry Training Authority recognized Hairstyling Certification while also earning 40 credits of high school elective credit towards graduation. Instruction takes place at LaBella Saints, a full-service instructional salon at NorKam Senior Secondary, under the tutelage of a Red Seal stylist with a BC education certification. ** This program begins in semester 2 (February) and ends at the end of semester 1 (January) of the following year. Students typically attend in the second half of their grade 11 and first half of their grade 12 year.

NorKam Trades and Technology Centre

1 semester; grades 10, 11, 12; apply in your grade 10 or 11 year

The Trades Sampler programs are designed to offer students a hands-on opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in a cluster of four related trades. Students enrolled in the full semester program will earn 16 high school credits and are eligible to apply for 12 credits towards a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of General Studies degree. The following programs are offered:

Construction Sampler

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Construction Craft Worker

Industrial Sampler

  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Steamfitter / Pipefitter o Sheet Metal Worker
  • Instrumentation Mechanic (to be delivered at TRU)


Mechanical Sampler

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Motorcycle Technician


 Youth Work In Trade Program

Grades 10, 11, 12 Allows students who are working in a job associated with a trade to receive high school course credits, build hours towards a recognized apprenticeship, and possibly earn a $1000 award. You do not need to be taking a Trades program in school to qualify. Students should contact their school’s TNT Coordinator.


Youth Train In Trades Programs

1 TRU semester [could be 1 or 2 high school semesters]; grade 12; apply in your grade 10 or 11 year. Students receive dual credit for high school and trades training at TRU. The following programs are offered:

  • Automotive Service Technician Foundation
  • Carpentry – Level 1 & 2
  • Electrical, Construction Foundation
  • Heavy Mechanical Foundation
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Instrument Mechanic
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Machinist
  • Meat Cutter / Retail Meat Processing Foundation
  • Piping Foundation
  • Professional Cook Level 1
  • Welding Level C
  • Refrigeration

The District will pay the tuition portion of the program fee. Ancillary fees will apply.

TRU Start Courses

1 evening course per semester; grade 12; apply in your grade 10 or 11 year

Students have the opportunity to get a “head start” on university by taking a first-year university course in evening classes during either the fall or winter semester, or both, while attending their regular high school courses during the day. Upon completion, students can choose to have their university course placed on their high school transcript for credit. Typical TRU Start courses include:

  • Introduction to University Writing
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Economics
  • Calculus
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Students are responsible for all fees, Thompson Rivers University will assist families in applying for a part time Federal Grant, which will reimburse all associated costs.


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