Hampton High School and Irving Pulp & Paper Partnership in Education: The Benefits of Teaching and Learning Employability Skills (1998)

In 1993, Irving Pulp and Paper joined forces with Hampton High School, about 30 kilometres northeast of Saint John, New Brunswick, to make technical education programming a vehicle for enhancing students’ employability skills.

At that time, the Irving pulp mill was then undergoing a major modernization. At the same time, Hampton High School was trying to make its technical education program more relevant to students. Their joint mission was to enrich the students’ learning experience by connecting the high school’s curriculum more closely with the world of work.

The partnership sprang out of an earlier regional initiative to refocus education at the school in order to meet students’ employment needs. The local school board had established an Industrial-Technical Education Committee (ITEC) composed of educators, employers, and parents, to raise awareness of the importance of technical education in rapidly changing workplace environments.

ITEC’s objectives were to create an awareness of the needs of industry; create a profile of the kind of worker who can meet these needs; and build awareness within the school system, among parents, and in the community of the needs of industry and prospects for jobs in industry.

Under the Hampton-Irving partnership, students have built a scale model of the exterior of the mill and constructed operational models of mill processes. That exercise helped them learn about computer-aided design and manufacturing; electronics; and programmable logistics control technology.

They have also taken part in a job fest, where they learned about applying for a position and preparing for a job interview. As well, they formed project management teams to prepare and present a proposal for new equipment for the mill.

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Kurtis Kitagawa. Hampton High School and Irving Pulp & Paper Partnership in Education: The Benefits of Teaching and Learning Employability Skills 1998. Web. 15 Apr. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/hampton_high_school//hampton_high_school.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (1998). Hampton High School and Irving Pulp & Paper Partnership in Education: The Benefits of Teaching and Learning Employability Skills. Retrieved April 15, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/hampton_high_school//hampton_high_school.pdf
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