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The Grade 9 rite of passage

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The Portage la Prairie School Board discussed Take Your Kids To Work Day at their last board meeting. (Supplied Photo)

The Portage la Prairie School Board discussed Take Your Kids To Work Day at their last board meeting. (Supplied Photo)

Grow up and get a job.

The city of Portage la Prairie's workforce will be considerably younger next week as Grade 9's in the Portage la Prairie School Division (PLPSD) enter the workforce for a day for Take Your Kid to Work Day.

“It helps kids understand the importance of staying in school and getting a high school diploma, or even a university degree,” says assistant superintendent, Pam Garnham. “They'll realize what it takes to be employable and making the connection between their education and their future. It's an important day for them.”

The day is a standout for Grade 9 students across Manitoba. Students spend the day with a parent or relative seeing what it's like to work in a field that may be exciting to them. Along with the experience outside of the school, Grade 9 students are also required to take a career development course 

“It's currently an option course around Manitoba but we've made it mandatory for Grade 9's,” adds Garnham. “The students get set up in the My Blueprint program and that helps them find employment opportunities. They can go through the courses they're taking and it will show them colleges or universities they can get into with the courses they're taking.” 

Take Your Kid to Work Day is Wednesday, November 1. 

According to the government of Manitoba, since its inception in 1994, well over 200,000 Manitoba students have participated in this day-long program sponsored by the national non-profit agency The Learning Partnership.



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