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Year: 1997 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
Six years ago, the local school board was considering closing Austin O'Brien High School because of declining enrolment. Things really turned around for the Edmonton school when Garry Kroy took control of the career and technology program. The student population of the school has doubled and the school and its students have been recognized internationally. Mr. Kroy created a laboratory where students can use technology, which encompasses traditional "shop class" tools and computers, and learn about possible careers, and laid the foundations for more than 90 learning modules in which students explore career options. Students from all fields- from sciences to drama and art- and learning abilities use the lab regularly. Mr. Kroy also developed a grading system so that students can follow a program of their own choosing that gives them the skills they need to become journeyman labourers