The COVID-19 pandemic has changed just about everything in our lives, not the least of which is the way we honour our graduating students.
At Elliot Lake Secondary School of the Algoma District School Board, Principal Rick Juuti has announced that sixty students have been honoured for earning their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas (OSSD) this year. Because of the virus, it all took place virtually, online.
57 of the students in Juuti's charge earned their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas. Three others earned their Specialist High Skills Major Ontario Secondary School Graduating Diplomas. (SHSM OSSD)
Here is the complete list of ELSS grads, Class of 2020.
MC FARLANE, Mason
MC PHERSON, Colin
MC RAE, Owen
SAN CARTIER, Avery
MC SHEFFERY, Kiara
"The Construction SHSM enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeships training, college, university or an entry-level position in the workplace," Juuti explained.
"According to the Ontario Construction Secretariat, the Construction Industry is one of Ontario's largest employers. The Construction Sector Council has created a province-by-province, trade-by-trade labour market forecast for the next nine years.
"In Ontario, it is estimated that 60,000 workers will be required to replace those retiring who will take essential technical, supervisory and management skills with them."
Juuti concluded, "It is interesting that an additional 75,000 workers will also be needed to fill positions related to new construction between 2019 and 2022."