Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) gave Central Alberta high school students an opportunity to explore careers in skilled trades at the World of Choices Summit.   

At the event, 55 high school students learned about careers in Carpentry, Heavy Equipment Technician, and Welding through interactive activities and discussions with career mentors.   

Through the initiatives, students identified the skills, knowledge, and post-secondary pathways that they need to enter the workforce as skilled trades professionals.   

“The World of Choices Summit is a great opportunity to showcase Red Deer Polytechnic’s dynamic programming and facilities while helping youth to prepare for the future,” said Lindsay Engel, Vice President, Academic and Student Experience. “We are proud to offer more than 80 industry-relevant programs in a variety of credentials, including 17 apprenticeships, that prepare students for rewarding careers and help to meet Alberta’s labour market demand.”   

The World of Choices Summit is part of the Explore Trades and Technologies program, delivered by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) in partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) Canada, and funded by the RBC Foundation.   

Through the program, 20 summits will be held across Canada, with 1,500 students discovering career opportunities in skilled trades.