April 2017

WHITEHORSE— At 38 years old, Richard McLeod is finally enrolled in the program he was looking for when he was 18.

“I was a backyard mechanic with my dad, so I’ve always wanted to be a heavy equipment technician,” said McLeod, a student in Yukon College’s Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) Pre-Apprenticeship Program. “It was definitely something

I searched for when I finished high school. I’m happy to have the chance now, and I think it’s a great opportunity for younger people too.”

The program is currently being offered at the College’s Dawson City campus, in a mobile trailer that travels between community campuses to facilitate opportunities like this – an 18-week pre-apprenticeship that will give McLeod a head start in the trade.

$3 million investment will create jobs, expand research and foster innovation

WHITEHORSE – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a $3.06 million investment in Yukon College.

This joint federal-territorial investment was announced today by Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, by Dr. Judith Arnold, Deputy Minister of Education, on behalf of the Honourable Tracy-Anne McPhee, Yukon Minister of Education, and by Dr. Karen Barnes, President and Vice Chancellor of Yukon College.

Whitehorse—Yukon College will deliver a brand new course that addresses national changes to the standards for using permanent wood foundations in building construction.

The two-day course, running April 27 and 28, focusses on changes to the guidelines set out by the Canadian Standards Association for wood foundation structures. These include technical rules as well as new allowances for three-storey construction, and longer building spans.

“These changes create more opportunity because you can have larger rooms and bigger houses,” said Henry Walthert, Executive Director of Wood Preservation Canada (WPC), which is co-hosting the course with the College and the Canadian Wood Council.

The class won’t be a regular offering at the College, but will serve as a model, to be refined for various audiences and offered across Canada.

Whitehorse – A few new bridges are going up in Whitehorse this weekend – 132 of them, to be exact. That’s the number of entries in the 24th Annual Bridge Building competition taking place at Porter Creek Secondary School this Saturday, April 8.

The event, organized by Science Adventures at Yukon College and Engineers Yukon, attracted 211 students from 13 schools in the territory.

Tantalus Community School in Carmacks has the most entries, with 20 bridges. Ghùch Tlâ Community School in Carcross, and Jack Hulland Elementary in Whitehorse follow closely, with 19 bridges each.

The contest challenges teams of up to four students to build the lightest bridge capable of holding the most weight. To achieve this, contestants use wooden coffee stir sticks, white glue and dental floss.