trade_centre_of_excellenceGrowth in residential construction over the past few years has created a real need for trade professionals in Alberta. To help create a new generation of trades passionate about building, we joined forces with Bowness High School to create the Stepper Trade Centre of Excellence. The centre is a place where students can receive the training and education they need to become the skilled professionals of the future.

This partnership couldn't have started without the help of trade workers from Stepper Homes. Our trade workers donated both time and materials to build a charity house. When the house was sold, the profits from the sale were put back into developing the Trade Centre of Excellence. This act of generosity has greatly strengthened the long-term relationship between Stepper Homes and the building industry.

As a result of this successful program, Stepper Homes and Bowness High School have received both the 2006 and 2009 Mayor's Excellence Award in the Small Business Programs category. Put on by the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation, the Mayor's Excellence Awards celebrate the efforts of business, community and education working together to improve the quality of public education.

To learn more about the program and see what the students have been constructing, visit the Trade Centre of Excellence website.