Archived — Recipient Bios
Year: 1999 – Province: Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
School: Sisler High School
Principal: George Heshka
School website: www.wsd1.org/sisler
Grades/Subjects Taught: Construction technology for women, micro-computer systems technology
- Ensure that every student has exposure to computer technology.
- Promote interest and participation in technology among all students.
Established and implemented four new drafting technology courses and eight vocational microcomputer systems technician courses tailored to address current skills shortages in the computer and information technologies fields in the province and nation:
- school was first academic secondary school to offer vocational certificate in microcomputer systems
- students invited to create virtual walk-through of a future school classroom for school district's 125th anniversary celebration
- enabled students to share drafting and modelling software knowledge with Grade 5 students studying geometric shapes
- 25 percent of students continue to post-secondary education in related areas.
Implemented construction technology course for women, with emphasis on engineering and computer-assisted design technology:
- designed to encourage young women to explore construction technology as career option
- consists of two years of study and a paid summer internship
- students won first prize at national Skills Canada competition to design a high-tech log cabin, against teams of girls from around the country
- students gain employment with local construction firms, Government of Manitoba, engineering companies.
"Dennis has been described as a human dynamo, a sparkplug, the supreme techno-guy. To be sure, he is all these things, but he is much more. The compassion he feels for students, his sense of vision and justice, his ability to relate and empathize with others are the hallmarks of a true humanist." Principal
"Not only is he concerned with instilling knowledge in his students, but he also gives them an idea of what they will face in the working world." Nominating parents
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