A unique partnership with the Calgary Police Service (CPS) is providing students with an opportunity to keep police vehicles in excellent shape, while receiving work experience credits that will count towards their Alberta high school diploma.
The automotive service technician program has been in place for the past three years. Two students each semester work with journeymen mechanics on vehicle brakes, engines, suspensions, transmissions, fuel systems, electrical systems and more.
Nelson Mandela High School student Ahil P. has been attending the program since November 2017. He works Monday to Thursday mornings, 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., as well as the occasional non-instructional day.
“As a student that aspires to become a mechanic, the program provided by CBE and the CPS plays a key role in my future success,” said Ahil. “I am learning important skills that will help me accomplish my goal of becoming a heavy duty journeyman mechanic.”
Terry MacFarlane, Fleet Services Manager said, “We are pleased that the Calgary Police Service is able to develop a positive experience for all students.”
Nelson Mandela High School Principal Teresa Martin says having students participating in these exploratory programs gives students such an incredible opportunity to experience learning in such unique and personalized ways.
“This is what high school should be all about; helping students find and follow their passion, whatever that might be. We are so pleased with the increase we have seen in the number of students wishing to be involved in these type of opportunities. As long as there is the demand, we will continue to seek out these great learning opportunities for students.”