New Chair Chosen for Industry & Trades Training

Rob Schwarzer Will Replace Dan Obradovic in January


There will be a change at Nelson’s Silver King Campus early next year when Rob Schwarzer takes the helm of the School of Industry & Trades Training.

Once students return to the shops at the 50-year-old campus, current chair of Industry & Trades Training Dan Obradovic will pass the work gloves to Schwarzer who will have a month to get familiar with his new position under the tutelage of the outgoing boss.

New Trades Chair

Outgoing chair of Industry & Trades Training Dan Obradovic congratulates incoming chair Rob Schwarzer.

"Change always comes with mixed feelings,” says Kate Pelletier, Nelson Instructional Dean. “It is difficult to say goodbye to Dan, he is an exceptional chair and has become a good friend. At the same time I am really pleased to welcome Rob as the new chair for the School of Industry & Trades. He brings some great skills and experience to the position and I look forward to working with Rob in this new capacity.”

Obradovic arrived to Selkirk College as an Electrical Program instructor and has forged a career at the school that has exceeded 25 years. His last day of work will be January 22, 2015.

Schwarzer has been with the college for nine years. He is the Chair of BCGEU Local 709 and teaches Welding and Metal Fabrication. The Metal Fabrication program was started with Schwarzer's initiative and forethought. He also holds his examiners certification for the Canadian Welding Bureau. Schwarzer will start in his new role on January 5, 2015.

Important Juncture in Silver King's History

The change comes at an exciting time for trades programs at the Silver King Campus. With the provincial government putting a priority on training future generations and a major capital project slated for the facility, Schwarzer will help lead a talented group of instructors and staff.

“We had a really good competition for the chair selection that speaks to the depth of talent in the school and I think is also a testament to Dan's leadership," says Pelletier.


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