CWA Foundation, CWBi partners with St. Joseph High School to launch ACORN national curriculum, welding helmet initiative

CWA Foundation, CWBi partners with St. Joseph High School to launch ACORN national curriculum, welding helmet initiative

Edmonton, Alberta - October 19, 2015 - The Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWAF) and the Canadian Welding Bureau Institute (CWBi), has partnered with St. Joseph High School in Edmonton, Alberta to roll out ACORN, the first ever national end-to-end welding curriculum in Canada.

“It’s a pleasure to be partnering with St. Joseph High School as they will be the first secondary school in Canada to implement this no cost, modern welding curriculum,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation. “This initiative will change the way students learn welding at the secondary level because of its current pedagogical tools such as 3-D printing, a mobile application, and even textbooks with augmented reality, to ensure students remain engaged and get the best possible welding education.”

President and CEO of the CWB Group Doug Luciani said the partnership will be a game changer for high schools across the country because of the no cost access to the Acorn welding curriculum.

“This initiative will benefit every high school who participates not only because it is of no cost to them, but the curriculum is modern and provides uniformity which isn’t the case right now across Canadian high schools in terms of welding curricula,” said Luciani. “Our goal is for every welding student to be on the same page in terms of education and with Acorn, we are confident it will bring consistency.”

St. Joseph High School Principal Hugh MacDonald said ACORN will provide his welding students with a harmonized understanding as they enter the profession later in life.

“By supplementing provincial programs throughout the country, this new resource, ACORN, from the Canadian Welding Association Foundation and Canadian Welding Bureau Institute, will ensure that all high school welders enter the profession with a common understanding of what is occurring in the welding profession across Canada,” said Hugh MacDonald, Principal St. Joseph High School.

In addition, The CWA Foundation launched its Secondary School Welding Helmet Initiative, and will be distributing 1,800 welding helmets to various high schools across the country that have full-time welding programs – St. Joseph will be receiving 22 welding helmets.

Also, St. Joseph High School will be receiving $50,000 over 10 years from a funding partnership between the CWA Foundation and the Marinucci Family Foundation to go towards their welding program.

“This is a monumental day for schools as they will be supplied with new custom designed auto darkening welding helmets at no cost,” said Mates. “With the additional funding provided by the CWA Foundation and the Marinucci Family Foundation, St. Joseph High School can purchase new materials and equipment so students will have the best in-classroom experience.”

About the CWA Foundation
The Foundation’s key mandates are to support public safety awareness, and to address the skilled welding labour shortage in Canada. It will also focus on creating access to educational opportunities for all levels of education from elementary through to post- secondary, as well as indigenous peoples, women, those with disabilities and visible minorities.

About St. Joseph High School
St. Joseph High School is one of 90 Schools in the Edmonton Catholic School District. The school is committed to educational excellence, expressed by challenging curriculum, high academic standards, a supportive learning environment and equity in the application of these standards for all students, including those who require additional assistance for learning or those who lack proficiency in English.

Contact:
Deborah Mates
CWA Foundation Executive Director
Telephone: 800.844.6790 Ext. 241
Email: Deborah.mates@cwa-foundation.org

Lori Nagy
Manager, Media and Community Relations Services
Edmonton Catholic Schools
Telephone: 780.441.6189
Email: lori.nagy@ecsd.net