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Not meddling, metal tests mettle

A handful of Horse Lake First Nations youth were in Dawson Creek last week to take part in the Mind Over Metal program at Northern Lights College.
Trey, Ciara, and Konner talk shop.
Trey, Ciara, and Konner talk shop.

A handful of Horse Lake First Nations youth were in Dawson Creek last week to take part in the Mind Over Metal program at Northern Lights College. 

Funded by Canadian Welding Association Foundation and TransCanada, the Mind over Metal youth camp was a Workforce Training and Continuing Education project at NLC.

Konner Desjarlais, 14 year old grade eight student says he learned different forms and types of welding.

“I learned that welding was a good trade and an option for students - it could be a good idea,” he said noting TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding was the hardest part of the week.

Perhaps the easiest part of the week was a graduation lunch Friday at the NLC CECIT building.

Student Trey Horseman noted the combination of blue collar work and artistry was a tough balance. 

“It is not easy both manufacturing but trying to make the piece pleasing to the eye as well,” while Ciara Ferguson said welding a log sculpture was her favourite part of the day. 

Friday was a celebration of the hands-on learning that the group of eager youth took part in over the week with hot dogs and hamburgers. 

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