Parkland campus launches new Applied Building Construction program

A group of four students, all in hard hats, work to assemble a piece of a building assignment

Assiniboine Community College is offering a new six-month Applied Building Construction certificate program starting February 2022 at the Parkland campus in Dauphin. Applications for the program are now being accepted.

This program includes both hands-on and theory components. Students will learn about hand tools, precise measuring and cutting, and how to create what you envision in your mind’s eye. Learning basic building knowledge, students will work on projects ranging from a saw horse to a single-family dwelling, including reading blueprints, building stairs and framing walls.

“In true ‘learn by doing’ fashion, students will put skills to practice building garden sheds, dog houses and tool trays, and practice erecting scaffolding,” said Kevin Poirier, Dean of Trades at Assiniboine. “It’s an excellent opportunity for students interested in building and creating to gain hands-on entry-level carpentry experience.”

Applied Building Construction consists of six months of theory and practical learning followed by a three-week industry practicum. This program will be accredited with Apprenticeship Manitoba. Students who complete the accredited program with an average of 70 per cent or better in core trades subjects, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 900 hours in the Carpenter apprenticeship program.

“We’re happy to provide this opportunity close to home for learners in the Parkland region,” said Valerie McInnes, Director, Parkland Campus. “The construction industry is looking for entry level workers, and providing a six-month opportunity for these learners to launch their career and further training will allow more students to be trained to fill this need.”

Graduates of this new program will have the opportunity to build careers in the construction industry on residential or commercial projects, and be well-equipped to do general home repairs and woodworking projects.

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