The Town of Drayton Valley is hoping a memorandum of understanding with Campus Alberta will help the Clean Energy Technology Centre offer more trades courses.

Mayor Nancy Dodds says the CETC is currently partnered with several different institutions across the province. She says they have had a good relationship with the University of Alberta, Northern Lakes College, Health Care Aide Academy, and the University of Calgary in partnership with Alberta Health Services.

Dodds says the multiple courses that the CETC offers are available to recent graduates as well as adults who wish to expand on their careers.

Currently there is a broad range of courses offered from arts and design, literature, to pre-employment trades, and chemistry courses. 

One area the Town has been focusing on is health care programs, due to the current demand for nurses in the province. Most recently, Dodds says they have started a registered nurse program with the University of Calgary in partnership with AHS.

“We’ve even built our own health lab,” says Dodds. “That gives face to face learning, while a lot of the other courses are done online.”

She says there are multiple different ways to take a course as well. Students can choose full-time or part-time learning for many of the courses so they can fit it into their schedule. There are also microcredentials, which are shorter courses, for those who don’t want to take a full course.

Dodds says working with Campus Alberta can help the CETC bring in more courses for trades, another industry that’s in-demand in the area and in the province.

“We’re wanting to explore trades and maybe get out to the businesses, talk to the residents a little bit more and see what trades would be of interest to them,” says Dodds.

While some of the CETC’s partners do offer some courses for Health and Safety as well as pre-employment trades, the number of courses is limited. Dodds says they would like to see what they can bring in that would help businesses in the area, and retain graduates due to education availability.

By Amanda Jeffery, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Feb 22, 2024 at 11:47

This item reprinted with permission from   Free Press   Drayton Valley, Alberta

Comments are Welcome - Use the 'Join the Discussion' above any replies, or 'TheRegional / Chat' below replies. Both links take you to the same place. You will be asked to become a registered user if you are not one already - Posts are moderated