Start early on trades career
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 07, 2019 - Biz Releases

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Jordan Ryan took advantage of an ITA youth trades program and bought his first house at 22.

Central Okanagan Public Schools and Industry Training Authority will be hosting an information night next week for students interested in earning post-secondary credits while still attending high school.

The two organizations run ITA youth trades programs, which allow high school students to get started on their trades training in 25 disciplines while in high school. The information session is slated for Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rutland Secondary School.

Jordan Ryan is one high school student who took advantage of the program, and he was already flourishing in his career by the age of 22. Ryan took the dual credit ITA youth trades program at Kelowna Secondary School and started the welding program at Okanagan College before graduating high school. He earned his Red Seal accreditation by the age of 22.

“What I enjoy most about the trades is being able to live a healthy and balanced life, free from financial distress and close to my family and home,” Ryan said in a press release. “I tell all high school students to give the dual credit ITA youth trades program a shot with whatever trade they are interested in. It may seem challenging to start a course in college while in high school, but with whatever may happen, you’ll only come out ahead.”

November is Apprentice Recognition Month in B.C.

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