Mr. Martin Tooms (Program Teacher)
Do you want to learn hands-on skills? Do you love working outdoors? Would you like to earn part of your Math and Science credits in an outdoor classroom? Do you wonder what it takes to operate heavy equipment? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then the unique Forestry/Trades Program at Charles Bloom Secondary is for you.
Think of the Forestry/Trades program as career life development. Who are you? What are your values, skills, strengths, and areas of development? Exploring possible career paths? What types of work interests you? What types of work fits your values and skill set? This program helps students to be flexible and capable when adapting successfully in today’s rapidly changing field of careers.
Three days a week, students are outside at Woodlot 1908 experiencing and learning about important skills and characteristics sought by many employers in industry; from forestry, mining, construction, oil and gas, and road building. Students learn about critical team skills, safety, work ethic, initiative, reliability, problem-solving, respect, confidence, and character building. These valuable skills focus on future employment; no matter what field.
To partner with the unique skills that students learn in the Forestry/Trades Program, students participate in the following training opportunities: Level 1 Occupational First Aid, safety training in shop & logging practices, WorkSafe BC presentation, optional ENFORM Level 1 Chainsaw Certification, chainsaw maintenance/repairs, and operating heavy duty equipment.
Grade 11 students complete 4 courses for 16 credits:
Grade 12 students complete 3 courses for 12 credits. Friday’s off to work or complete Grad requirements.
The greatest goal of the Forestry/Trades Program is education and exposure to the essential skills of the workforce. As the career landscape changes, students need to be flexible, resilient and adopt a willingness to learn.