ATC offers high school students the unique opportunity to acquire a trade certificate and high school credits in Grade 11 and 12. Our students leave our building with the strong technical and practical skills that are required in today's workforce.
However, in our discussions with our trade partners, they have expressed to us that students need to not only have the technical and practical knowledge, but also need to have the soft skills to be successful. These skills include: attendance, being on time and prepared to work, communication, collaboration, proper use of media, personal hygiene and appearance, and problem-solving skills.
Although we have always included these skills in our teaching practice, it is now an outcome in all of our programs beginning in September 2018. Our staff has worked diligently over the past two years to develop programming and will include the work readiness skills that students need. Teachers in each of our programs will continue to teach the practical and technical skills, with an emphasis on students acquiring the soft skills required in each trade. This will also include an evaluation of Work Place Readiness Skills, which will now be part of their overall assessments.
The development of curriculum that includes the teaching and training of work readiness skills will provide a distinct advantage to ATC students, graduates from our programs will have all the technical, practical, and work readiness skills needed to begin a successful career in the trade they have chosen. We are calling it the ATC Edge. More details to come!