The Discovery Community College Mobile Training Program

Discovery Students and community members describe the benefits of the Mobile Training Program

Education and Collaboration Through Mobile Training — Helping to Build Communities

The Discovery Community College Mobile Training Program was set up in collaboration with the First Nations communities on Vancouver Island. The ongoing program provides training in the construction trades, while allowing the students to learn in their home town. The students work on real projects alongside instructors, who teach them building construction, plumbing and electrical skills. The Mobile Training program helps students qualify for their ITA trades tickets. At the same time, the community gets needed building and upgrades and projects. In Ahousaht, BC, these projects have included:

  • gazebos
  • smoke houses
  • building foundations
  • community hall
  • new fishery building
  • school
  • 8 new homes

The learners have a greater chance at success, because they can stay home and receive the support of their community.

To have this school here and know I could go home... made it easier to be at school every day.  I love it!
Patricia Campbell, Mobile Training Program Student

The community benefits as well from having people learn and use their skills where they live. The town cuts down on the need for expensive contractors to travel in from outside their area. Working together with Discovery Community College, aboriginal communities such as Ahousaht are on the way to improving the lives not only of the students in the program, but every member of the local community.

Interested in Learning More?

To find out more about the Mobile Learning Program, and to see if it can benefit you or your community, call us at 250-740-0115