The trades could be the future for many local students as demand for these skilled workers is only expected to grow in the future.
To help students look at their options in the trades, the Langley School District has an open house on March 6.
The open house for the district's ACE-IT programs run 1-3: 30 p.m. at various schools
"These open houses provide prospective students, parents and interested members of the community with an opportunity to meet our program instructors, see students in action, and learn about some of the great trades programs available to Langley students," said Sandy Wakeling, the district communications manager.
Aldergrove Community Secondary offers hair styling, auto mechanics, and carpentry.
Langley Secondary's trades course is plumbing/ pipefitting.
D.W. Poppy Secondary has a long-running relationship with BCIT and offer an electrical program.
The ACE-IT program is a partnership between Industry Training Authority and the BC Ministry of Education.
The courses are dual credit, allowing the students to complete high school while earning postsecondary credits.