Career & Technology

Career and Technology Studies & Knowledge and Employability

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) and Knowledge and Employability (K&E) pathways build on the Career & Technology Foundations (CTF) inquiry-based, hands-on studies. CTS involves five main clusters composed of occupational areas with industry commonalities. 

The 5 CTS Clusters

  • Business, Administration, Finance & Information Technology (BIT)
  • Health, Recreation & Human Services (HRH)
  • Media, Design & Communication Arts (MDC)
  • Natural Resources (NAT)
  • Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation (TMT)

Dr. E.P. Scarlett Offerings in Career and Technology Studies

Architectural Design Studies 10           Fee: None          

Introductory Video

Architectural Design Studies revolves around using architecture as a vehicle for teaching elements and principles of design. Students will learn about what design process looks like and how to implement good process through a series of student projects. Students will learn both AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit software basics in grade ten, and subsequently expand their knowledge in grades 11 and 12. Architectural Design students will learn how to read and create annotated drawings, work at scale, and learn how to use space effectively and efficiently while solving design briefs for a variety of spaces and structures. Students will gain some experience in 3D modelling and rendering in first year as well. In future years, students will also tackle areas including landscape design and interior design. In all three years, students will create presentation ready drawings for industry experts.

Computing Science 10                          Fee: $50          

Introductory Video

Students explore hardware, software, and the Internet, create webpages out of HTML and CSS, and write simple structured algorithms and programs using Snap and Processing programming languages.

Computing Science 20

Students continue to explore hardware and software and write algorithms and programs with more complex data structures and custom methods using the Java programming language.

Computing Science 30

Students write algorithms and programs that focus on demonstrating iterative algorithms, recursion, and object-oriented programming using the Java and Python programming languages.

Note: Alberta universities accept the five credits from this course as a 30-level science requirement.


Construction 10                                       Fee: $50             

Introductory Video

No prior experience is required.  The main outcome for this course is to introduce students to the safe operation of hand and power woodworking tools.  Students will have the opportunity to use various types of engineered and natural woods while building meaningful projects to take home.

The 50 $ course fee covers student safety equipment, materials, tools, and tool maintenance.

Environmental Stewardship 10                Fee:                    

Introductory Video

  • Students today are very concerned about the climate crisis, this course is intended to help students become educated and active participants in developing the hope that is needed to move toward solutions.
  •  Investigate scientific, cultural, and social issues related to the environment        
  • Study various topics such as botany (study of plants), ecotourism and consumerism in order to become innovative change-makers

Foods 10                                                 Fee:                     

Introductory Video

  • Learn about food production, preparation, and meal planning;
  • Understand nutrition and healthy food choices, food costs and economics, and safe food handling techniques;
  • Participate in cooking, baking, and food presentation for personal enjoyment and for the food service industry.

Legal Studies                                           Fee: None         

Introductory Video

  • Discover how changes in societal values foster governmental bills and how they become laws
  • Explore the different levels of the Canadian court system and how the appeal process works
  • Learn an overview of various branches of the law: contract law, criminal law, constitutional law, family law, employment law and environmental law
  • Analyze landmark and precedent creating cases involving the branches of law that we study in class
  • Participate in mock trials involving both civil and criminal cases


Mechanics 10                                          Fee: $30             

Introductory Video

  • Learn about the modern automobile, automotive technology and the related systems
  • Learn about and use the tools and shop equipment related to automotive repair Develop safe and appropriate shop procedures and practices while learning to inspect, diagnose, repair and service mechanical, electrical and electronic systems, and components of cars and light duty trucks.

Cluster Courses Include

  • BIT: Business, Administration, Finance and Information Technology Cluster:

  • HRH: Health, Recreation and Human Services Cluster:
    • Foods: nutrition and healthy food choices, food costs and economics, and safe food handling techniques; participate in cooking, baking, and food presentation for personal enjoyment (up to specialized level) 
    • Leadership: principles of leadership, opportunities for mentorship in the community, project/event management experience, effective communication skills, and interpersonal development 
    • Legal Studies: workplace, consumer, property, small business and criminal law (up to specialized level)
    • Sports Medicine: sports injury management, immediate care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and certification in Red Cross CPR level C (CPR with AED) (up to specialized level) 
    • Sports Performance: fitness training techniques, sport psychology, nutrition for athletes (up to specialized level) 
  • MDC: Media, Design and Communication Arts Cluster:
    • Architectural Design Studies:  learn about the creative process from conception through to development in architecture, industrial design, engineering, interior design and landscaping (up to specialized level)
  • NAT: Agriculture, Environmental Stewardship, Forestry, Primary Resources, Wildlife
  • TMT: Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation Cluster:
    • Construction: cabinet making and residential construction (up to specialized level) 
    • Mechanics: automotive services (up to specialized level
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