Career Programs

Career Programs

Through Career Education students develop an awareness of their personal interests, strengths, and learning styles, as well as the roles and responsibilities of family, schools, and community.

Students will explore concepts such as identity, leadership, personal planning, and transferable skills. They will focus mainly on experience for transition out of secondary school. As students transition into the final stage of the Career Education curriculum, real-world experiences both within and outside the classroom environment provide meaningful opportunities for students to further develop and refine their understanding of career possibilities, through planning, practice, and application of competencies and knowledge.

Through enriching experiences, students will be able to make meaningful connections that will equip them with the competencies needed to fully participate in and contribute to their communities and beyond. Career Education will prepare students for managing their career and life transitions. Students will discover that careers are not simply occupational destinations, but a journey that involves lifelong planning and learning.

Work Experience 12A (4 credits) & 12B (4 credits) = Total of 8 possible credits

The primary goal of work experience is to help students prepare for the transition from secondary school to the outside world connecting classroom learning to the workplace and beyond. Students are expected to complete between 100-120 hours of paid or unpaid work at a variety of work placements, per course; 30 hours of which must be volunteering either in the school or community. This program is open to mature, responsible students in grade 11 and 12 (15 years of age or older). Notably, it is expected students will make reflective and meaningful connections to their educational and career planning through the experience gained on their work placements. Evaluation is based on completion of provincially mandated course requirements, quality of work placements and assignments, punctuality, and work placement evaluations. By completing this course students will also meet the work exposure requirement for Graduation Transition. Also, as post secondary institutions are turning to broad based applications it is imperative that students have created meaningful learning outside the classroom and these courses provide students with experiences to draw from for applications.

Please refer to the Student Workbook for complete course Overview. But here’s a snapshot –

Student responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Finding a job placement (ask parents, relatives, friends for assistance)
  • Attending seminars throughout the year specifically for WEX students
  • Completing personality, learning and career assessment
  • Maintain a work hours log for each placement
  • Completion of Term Assignments including: Resume, WorkSafe, educational and career planning, job shadowing, employer evaluation
  • Exit Interview
  • Completion of a minimum of 100 hours of paid or unpaid work (hours are credited ONLY when proper paperwork is filed with an appropriately signed contract with the Career Centre and Advisor.  No contract no hours credited.
  • 30 hours of total hours must be school or community-based volunteer work




This series of courses is intended for students who are interested in exploring an apprenticeship trade in culinary, construction, auto, marine or ari mechanics, or landscaping. 120 hours of paid work equals 4 credits to a maximum of 480  hours for a total of 16 credits. Students are eligible for a $1000 scholarship if they continue in the trade after graduation. Students may begin the program from age 15+ and must have a Canadian Social Insurance Number. Contact Mr. Sponza for more information on this program.

Career Programs integrate classroom theory with practical experience in the community and workplace. Students will have the opportunity to choose a program that allows them to specialize in a core group of courses related to a career pathway and then apply their knowledge to a workplace setting.

This is a flexible out of timetable block class. The student will see a representative from the Career Department individually before or after school, lunch or during study blocks.

Through this Program, students have the opportunity to:

  • Explore their personal interests and abilities.
  • Practice their knowledge and skills in a work environment.
  • Develop connections between their goals, school studies and career fields.
  • Observe and participate with adults working in the student’s field of career interest.

Each Career Program consists of:

  • Out of school component: 100 hours (depending on the options chosen) of community- based volunteer work experience in a related career area.
  • Ongoing personal reflection, goal setting and action planning.

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