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February 26, 2014

High school shop classes get $294,000

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Catherine Pennington of Northern Gateway makes a donation to Project Shop Class during the kick-off dinner in Vancouver on Feb. 20.

The Project Shop Class fundraising campaign run by the Construction Foundation of B.C. received $294,000 in donations at a launch dinner hosted by the British Columbia Construction Association on Feb. 20.

Originally, the foundation had planned to support five to 10 schools that submitted wish lists to the organization.

However, at the Feb. 20 event, it was announced that Project Shop Class will work to find donors for all 115 schools that submitted lists.

Schools are seeking nearly $9 million in financial support.

“In looking through the applications, it became clear that every school was committed, had a true need and deserved to receive support. And, we certainly know the demand is there in the sector for more skilled tradespeople. The Project Shop Class website enables anyone in the province to support any school for any amount,” said BCCA president Manley MacLachlan at the event. 

“Tonight, we’re thrilled to see industry step up in such a big way to get the campaign started.”

Attendees included owners of B.C. construction firms, senior executives from the automotive, oil, and gas sectors, and the boards of directors for all five of B.C.’s construction associations, as well as minister of jobs, tourism, and skills training Shirley Bond. 

The Construction Foundation of B.C. is a charitable organization established in 2012 by the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA).

More information about Project Shop Class can be found at www.projectshopclass.com.

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