|JOHN GRANT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THRIVE IN WOODSHOP|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 26 , 2014 John Grant High School in Côte Saint-Luc has a diverse and multicultural student body and specializes in programs of study that help students struggling academically or with mild to severe learning difficulties.
Since 2010 John Grant has been offering the Work Oriented Training Pathway’s three year Pre-work Training Program. This has been a great success due to its focus on academics and work skills. The curriculum enables students to continue their academic learning in the classroom while also preparing them for the world of work.
Tatiana Lednow is one of many teachers at John Grant responsible for preparing students to be safe, efficient, and autonomous future workers. When not teaching science, she can be found in her second classroom: a fully equipped woodshop. Here Ms. Lednow introduces students to many important and fundamental skills that will aide them in the work force. Students are taught how to use and maintain modern tools and equipment. They learn and practice important safety measures and procedures when working alone or as part of a team. The students take great pride in the knowledge that what they are doing will be directly transferable to their everyday lives. Students that complete the program receive a certificate from the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) proving their competence in these valuable skills.
Over the years John Grant’s woodshop students have also become very well known for their entrepreneurship. They build and sell various chairs and tables, they refinish old furniture, and have taken on many custom requests from their community. These projects help pay for all the materials necessary to keep the shop running smoothly.
The woodshop is only one of many ways John Grant’s Prework Training Program is teaching students the skills they will need to be successful in life. A photographic exhibit of the students’ hard work and amazing results is currently on display at the English Montreal School Board.
For more information on the Work Oriented Training Pathway, please contact Travis Hall, Pedagogical Consultant for Career Development, at THall@emsb.qc.ca.
Michael J. Cohen