Chinooks Edge students from Sylvan Lake, Innisfail, Sundre, Olds and Delburne are getting a chance to learn welding and pipefitting. 

Thanks to a strong partnership with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 496 and TEPF (The Educational Partnership Foundation), students are receiving opportunities to explore learning in the skilled trades through welding and pipefitting training.

More than a dozen Chinook’s Edge students have begun gathering in Innisfail at Local 496’s shop, for a 16 weeks experience learning welding techniques and receiving exposure to pipefitting careers. Because the program is fully funded by TEPF it is offered to students at not cost. Students this semester are from: École H.J. Cody School, Innisfail High School, Sundre High School, and École Olds High School.

photo of welding classtudents from four Chinook’s Edge high schools start semester two,with a 16 week experience learning about pipefitting skilled trades. (Photo courtesy of Chinook's Edge School Division)

Also, thanks to the same partnership, students at Delburne School have increased opportunities to learn about welding in their own community. TEPF and Local 496 have
donated welding gloves, jackets, helmets, grinders and welding materials to the school, as well as learning materials to support the teacher. Also, the union has lent a virtual welder to Delburne School so that students can practice this skilled trade skill in a unique way.