R.B. Russell Vocational High School in Winnipeg is expanding its skills training programs after a funding announcement by the Manitoba government.
Education and Advanced Learning Minister Peter Bjornson said Monday the major renovations will help to strengthen industry partnerships and provide more students with the opportunity to get the hands-on experience.
The building construction and carpentry program will be reconfigured and expanded to create a new larger shop, including new mechanical and electrical infrastructure.
The landscaping, horticulture and small-engine repair shop will also be expanded into a larger space to allow for increased enrolment and opportunities for more students to work and mentor with community groups, industry partners and post-secondary programs, Bjornson said. Upgrades will include mechanical and electrical upgrades, new equipment purchases and the construction of a new 2,500 sq. ft. greenhouse adjacent to the new space.
The school will meet the accreditation standards through Apprenticeship Manitoba once the upgrades are complete.