Sask high school students go to agricultural boot camp


This week nearly 30 high school students from across Saskatchewan participated in an in-person agricultural boot camp.

The camp was hosted by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Sun West Distance Learning Centre as part of a farm equipment technician course.

Sun West ag co-ordinator Lori Gasper says demand for qualified agricultural equipment technicians across the industry led to the project.

She says students get to experience a day in the life of a Sask polytechnic farm equipment tech student.

There was hands-on work with transmissions, engines and electrical components.

Sask Polytech program head Chris Thomson says farming is an important industry across Saskatchewan.

He sees the benefit of high school students exploring the trade and participating in the boot camp.

Sun West offers courses to high school students across Saskatchewan, with 50 hours of online theory, 40 hours of practical work study at an agriculture dealership and a 10 hour boot camp at Sask Polytech.

Sask Polytech has campuses in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

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