Atlantic School Boards address career options for students

    DARTMOUTH, NS, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia School Boards Association
(NSSBA), in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Education Skills &
Learning Branch, is hosting an Atlantic conference of school boards at the
Delta Halifax Hotel, January 31 - February 2, 2008.
    The theme Skills & Trades: A Vital Alternative will focus on the
importance of offering our young people career options in the skilled trades.
Over 130 school board members, educators and partners will examine societal
perceptions surrounding post secondary career options for youth, and discuss
ways to help make the trades a more attractive option. "This is important not
only for our students' future, but also for the economy of the Atlantic
region," says Elliott Payzant, president of the NSSBA.
    Demographics on skills shortages and opportunities will be the focus of a
keynote address on Thursday evening, presented by Dr. Michael Bloom of the
Conference Board of Canada. Friday morning will feature a panel presentation
with several perspectives on presenting the trades as career options.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on programs and
initiatives that are working in all four Atlantic Provinces. The event will
conclude on Saturday with a look at various options for students, including
apprenticeships, options & opportunities programs, and co-op placements.
    The event itself has been a co-operative effort between the NSSBA,
Atlantic school board organizations, the Nova Scotia Department of Education's
Skills & Learning Branch, and the Nova Scotia Community College.

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards, representing
approximately 135,000 students. The association has been serving school boards
since 1954.

For further information:

For further information: Elliott Payzant, president, NSSBA, (902)
682-2662 (H); (902) 541-0116 (cell); Sharon Findlay-MacPhee, communications
manager, NSSBA, (902) 491-2856 (W), (902) 221-6881 (cell)

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