From the Mechanics Shop to the Media Stage and Back Again

  Posted on: August 29, 2018

When Rebecca Peters agreed to be the valedictorian for the School of Trades and Technology at the June 2018 Graduation ceremony, she was prepared to spend time writing and rehearsing her speech. She was prepared, best she could be, for the large audience in attendance and faculty presence on the day of the ceremony. What…

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The Art of Leadership for Women

  Posted on: August 21, 2018

It wouldn’t be out of place to expect a room full of over fifteen hundred people to be loud. After all, so many people together in the name of gaining leadership skills would be likely to boast some strong personalities. However, it was as quiet as a pin drop when time management expert Laura Vanderkam…

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Renewing Interest in Solar Energy

  Posted on: August 10, 2018

The appeal of learning about solar energy was apparent by the number of students filing into a room on June 21, 2018; to hear Amie Schellenberg of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) and Amber Cachelin of Greensleeves Electric Ltd. give a presentation about their experiences in working with solar energy. Both Schellenberg and Cachelin have…

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Safety is the Key to Success in Trades

  Posted on: June 6, 2018

When twenty-nine students gathered on Thursday, May 10, in Room 219 of the Trades and Technology building, they weren’t quite of sure what to expect. A chance to chat with an experienced trades worker, yes. A chance to learn a bit about health and safety, likely. Thanks to Tammy Olsen, they managed to learn about…

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Get Her to the Greek

  Posted on: May 9, 2018

When a woman makes a deliberate choice to join a trade, she knows the road ahead of her is not going to be without challenge. Long hours, lack of finances, and a heavy workload are only a few of the barriers students face. It can be even more challenging when they’re one of the few,…

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Three Tales of the Sea

  Posted on: April 3, 2018

As morning light broke on the HMCS Regina, and the wind whipped off the Pacific Ocean, many of the TRU women in trades students looked on in amazement of all the happenings, the routine, and the tradition of the morning. The ceremonial raising of the flag, the Standing of the Guard and. Of course, while…

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From Cabaret to Culinary Arts

  Posted on: February 7, 2018

In the world of entertainment, there’s a special kind of performer known as a triple threat; where they can sing, they can dance and they can act. Culinary arts student Jessica Webster can do all of these things, and now thanks to her training in trades, she might now be known as a quadruple threat,…

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Stepping Up To Success with Step BC

  Posted on: January 25, 2018

Heavy Duty Mechanic. Electrician. Welder. Horticulturalist. Millwright. These are a few of the career choices for the women who came out to the RBC Lunch and Learn session on Friday, January 12. With many foundation programs, currently winding down, it was the perfect time to have employment placement specialists from Step BC come to advise…

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RBC Women in Trades Bursary Recipients Reap Rewards for Success

  Posted on: December 6, 2017

When Janina Maricle, Kylie Morford, Rayna Perry and Tami MacIntosh received invitations to the TRU Foundation Awards in the mail, the RBC Women in Trades Bursary was not on their mind. Of course, they had all heard about the bursary when they started their respective programs, but the time in between the two were filled…

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The Art of Creating Your Own Business

  Posted on: November 30, 2017

When a woman in a trades program confirms her status as a journeyperson by earning her Red Seal Certification, it often marks the end of their road at Thompson Rivers University, as she will have learned the skills and abilities to make it on her own in the working world.  However, as Amber Cachelin has…

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