Heritage restoration courses have $12,000 in scholarships available at Olds College

Scholarships worth more than $12,000 have been available at Olds College in two heritage based courses.

The scholarships are offered by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, and apply to two one-week courses offered at the Central Alberta college.

The Heritage Millwork — Mouldings and Trim and Heritage Restoration Methods courses, offered in partnership with Algonquin College. According to a release from Olds College, this type of specialized training is not typically offered in Western Canada.

Students completing these courses will receive credit from Algonquin College as part of the Carpentry and Joinery — Heritage diploma.

“The Heritage Carpentry industry is growing, and workers with this skill set are needed,” said Sharyl James, Olds College Continuing Education trades programmer.

“As we continue to see more of our historical buildings age and require restoration, we will continue to see an increased demand for workers with the skill set to complete these jobs.”

The funds, which come through the ARHF from the Bob Etherington Heritage Conservation Fund, will reimburse successful applicants $800, slightly less than half of the total enrolment cost of the program. The scholarship is available to the first eight applicants of each program.

For more information visit www.oldscollege.ca.

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