Secondary schools receive national curriculum thanks to CWAF

High School welding programs across the country received a significant boost to their welding curriculum

Secondary schools receive national curriculum thanks to CWAF

High School welding programs across the country received a significant boost to their welding curriculum thanks to a partnership with the Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWAF) and the CWB Group.

Sixty high schools across Canada have already signed up for Acorn, CWBi’s national welding curriculum which the CWAF covered all associated costs so the program is free for high schools. By providing this curriculum to secondary schools, all welding programs within the secondary school level will become standardize. This will improve the level of education students receive in high school and also better prepare them for their future in welding at a post-secondary or apprenticeship level.

"A standardized welding curriculum has been a topic of discussion for quite some time, both at the secondary and post-secondary level. The CWBi has been working tirelessly for a couple of years, and once a national curriculum was developed, we decided to partner with them and offer all secondary schools across the country Acorn at no cost," said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWAF. "This is the catalyst of a new way forward in terms of a unified educational platform that will prepare the next generation of qualified, Canadian welders for the next steps of their career."

Valley Heights Secondary School in Langton, Ontario is one of the schools using Acorn. Manufacturing teacher John Dabrowski said Acorn has assisted him because of its comprehensive, easy to implement curriculum.

"The CWA Foundation has been great to us and very supportive of our program here at Valley Heights Secondary School," said Dabrowski. "We are thankful that they provided us with Acorn because this state-of-the-art learning system that provides a blended approach is essential in preparing secondary students for the next steps of their welding education. Acorn is modern, easy to use and it fits perfectly into the secondary school teaching model."