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Preparing the next generation of workers

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Agronomist and assistant manager Taralea Simpson of Munro Farm Supplies speaking to Grade 9 students at Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) Tuesday. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Agronomist and assistant manager Taralea Simpson of Munro Farm Supplies speaking to Grade 9 students at Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) Tuesday. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

It's never too early to prepare the leaders of tomorrow to enter the workforce.

Grade 9 Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) students are taking part in a new Career Development pilot course and this week they're focusing on jobs in the Agricultural sector with presentations from workers in the industry.

“The Career Development pilot focuses on career exploration, putting students in a position to begin establishing their vocational identity early in their high school career,” says career development coordinator, Blair Hordeski. “We were advised about the importance of this course, and we want to be leaders in this in the province, and we want to do it well.”

The course runs through one semester at the high school and is mandatory for all Grade 9 students. Agriculture, entrepreneurship, healthcare, and the skilled trades will all be highlighted during the course. The first couple of weeks were dedicated to the trades, while this week is all about agriculture.

Hordeski says it's important that all students, not just those with a background, are aware of the abundance of opportunities offered in the agricultural sector. Agronomist and assistant manager Taralea Simpson of Munro Farm Supplies is helping arrange guest speakers this week and spoke to students herself Tuesday. She outlined some of the jobs available in the agriculture industry to students through the day.

“I was here to show the students that the agricultural work isn't just driving tractors and trucks, it's creating something new, or being a mechanic, or welder, or in sales,” says Simpson. “There are a lot of opportunities for young people. It's nice to immerse students in agricultural work this week so they'll get an idea of what classes are needed in the future.”

The course also serves as a prerequisite to high school Credit For Employment and Career Development Internship, new credits recently released by Manitoba Education and Training.



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