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Carpentry students benefit from annual Co-op partnership

Carpentry students benefit from annual Co-op partnership

Written On: 28 April, 2015
Category: Trades
Related programs:  Carpentry and Woodworking Carpenter Apprenticeship

Students in the Carpentry and Woodworking program at Assiniboine Community College’s (ACC) Parkland Campus received $5,000 in cash awards today. 

Front Row Receiving $1000 awards from Sylvain Paquet, manager of Dauphin Consumers Co-Op home builders.
Left: Kurt Hunter Right: Courtney McIntyre Seated Left to Right: Caleb LeMarquand,  Ian Mackintosh,  Rachelle Dutchyshen,  Robert Barron, 
 
Standing back Row: Instructor, Stuart Sinclair, Devon Lacquette, Keagan Ganchar, Leon, Erickson, Dallas, Catcheway, Jonathon  Coombs. 
 
Missing from picture: Jeremy Desmarais, Riley Moden.
 
ACC has partnered with the Dauphin Consumers Co-op for the past seven years to have students and faculty build ready-to-move homes for sale in the community. Each year, the home is sold for $5,000 above the cost of materials. Those extra funds are then given back to students in the form of cash awards. 
 
“Our partnership with Co-op is one of immense value for our students,” said Gabe Mercier, Director of ACC’s Parkland Campus. “Not only are they getting the experience of building a complete home under the direction and support of faculty, but there is the added bonus of financial recognition for the dedication to their studies and academic achievement.”
 
A $2,000 award is given to the student with the highest overall achievement at the end of the first term (December). The remaining $3,000 is split equally amongst all students that achieve a 70 per cent average throughout their studies.
 
This year, for the first time, the $2,000 incentive award was split between two students: Courtney McIntyre, and Kurt Hunter each received $1,000.
 
“This award I received from the Co-op is greatly appreciated it will help me to become a carpenter by allowing me to get the tools I need,” said McIntyre.
 
All 13 students that started the pre-employment Carpentry and Woodworking program at ACC’s Parkland Campus will be finishing up classes at the end of this week and will begin their 120-hour practicums.