Submitted by Marylee Boston
Are you looking for a skilled tradesperson for a job at your home or cottage? There a number of talented professionals in many of the trades working right here in Fenelon Falls and some may have garnered their interest in the skilled trades locally at Fenelon Falls Secondary School (FFSS).
Before school closed in June I stopped by FFSS to see for myself what the school has to offer and what that means for local students and businesses alike. Just prior to my visit 13 students from the Skilled Trades classes toured Cameron Steel, a local manufacturing company. Students, Isaac G. and Ryan P. took some time to tell me about the tour and their plans for the future. The tour of Cameron Steel was fresh in their minds so Isaac and Ryan could hardly contain their excitement when describing what is like to see large scale versions of many of the machines they work on in the shop at FFSS. From lathes, CNC machines, heavy equipment, to welding and so much more. They were surprised to learn that Cameron Steel sells their product to countries all over the world from right here in Kawartha Lakes.
Starting in Grade 9 students at FFSS can take classes in; Automotive Service, Small Engines, Construction, Hospitality and Tourism, Green Industries, Manufacturing and Robotics is a new addition for the 2019/2020 school year. These classes offer students early exposure to very practical, real life skills that they can use in their hobbies or careers. The dual credit option with Fleming College gives students a head start on their post secondary learning and budget. There are also opportunities for students to compete and showcase their skills at the annual Ontario Skills Competition. FFSS students have placed very well at this competition over the years, including an 8th place finish in 2019.
No matter what Isaac and Ryan decide to do in the future, they will finish high school with a toolbelt full of skills that will make them sought after for many a renovation, auto repair or welding project.
Many thanks to Isaac, Ryan and Manufacturing Tech. Teacher, Ryan Rawlins for sharing their enthusiasm for the trades and showing me around the many trades classrooms. Isaac and Ryan also showed off their class projects in the photos below.