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Programs give students more options

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Melanie Wight, MLA for Burrows, takes a spin in the first-known kalesa to be built in Canada. Kelly Legaspi and Redentor Igne (at far right, facing camera), owners of the Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy, are responsible for bringing the traditional Filipino carriage to this year’s Filipino Street Festival.

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Melanie Wight, MLA for Burrows, takes a spin in the first-known kalesa to be built in Canada. Kelly Legaspi and Redentor Igne (at far right, facing camera), owners of the Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy, are responsible for bringing the traditional Filipino carriage to this year’s Filipino Street Festival. Photo Store

In Burrows, we go back to school in a big way — believe it or not, we’re home to the two of the largest schools in the province!  Maples Collegiate and Sisler High School are giants, not just in school enrolment, but also in the programs and opportunities they offer to their combined total of almost 4,000 students.  

Programs like Maples Collegiate’s Cooperative Vocational Education Program are giving kids a head start on their chosen career.  Students in this stream can complete Grade 12 and get the first year of their trade certification all in the same year.  When combined with provincial training and skilled trade initiatives, this means over 1,300 high school students across the province are getting their Level One apprenticeship training while in high school.

Other programs, like Wayfinders, help students develop their life goals by exploring post-secondary and career options and by taking part in leadership activities and community service. For students who want to build an understanding of what it means to be engaged citizens in a democracy, there are social justice groups such as Sisler’s Fair Trade, Free the Children and Hands Across Nations.

There are so many employment opportunities available in Manitoba for graduates. By investing in more opportunities for young people earlier on, we’re helping them find rewarding careers right here in Manitoba so they can live and raise their families here. To find out more about what kind of career paths are available in Manitoba, contact our Jobs and Skills Development centre at 204-945-0575.  For young people looking to get connected with good jobs or post-secondary schooling, MB4Youth is a great resource. You can reach them at 204-945-3556 or you can always call my constituency office for more information.

Families in Winnipeg’s north end aren’t the only ones who recognize what an excellent schoolSisler High is — the prestigious educators’ organization C21 Canada does too! Last week, Sisler High School was awarded the School Team Award from this national organization, which recognizes schools for being leaders in learning and innovation. I have to admit I’m a proud MLA.

In other Burrows news, congratulations to the organizers of this year’s Filipino Street Festival! I had a great time there. Despite some dicey weather in the morning the turnout was fantastic, and the entertainment and community participation was a delight to behold.

As always, if you have any thoughts or concerns you would like to share with me, please call us at 204-421-9414, or drop by the office at McPhillips and Pritchard.  You can also check out Melanie Wight MLA on Facebook for updates about what’s going on in our community.

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