Students can enroll in Off-Campus Education and are entitled to select from a variety of programs – Career Internships, Work Experience, Registered Apprenticeship Programs, Green Certificate, Dual Credit Programs, Exploratory Programs, Specialized Programs and Unique Pathways.
The benefits of Off-Campus Education Experiences are vast and tough to quantify but some of them are:
- Personalized learning
- Engagement of students in learning opportunities that are relevant to their career choices
- Improvement of course completion
- Supports high school success
- Allows a student to explore a variety of careers
- Supports transition to post-secondary learning and/or the workforce
- Facilitates community involvement
- Develops soft skills and employability skills
Students begin in Off-Campus Education by completing a one-credit, pre-requisite course, HCS 3000, entitled Workplace Safety Systems. After completing this course, and securing an employment / volunteer opportunity there are a number of forms that require the student, parents and employer to complete and work together in a partnership. Each student’s schedule will be unique and individual and created in consultation with students and parents. Off-Campus Education opportunities are also available during the summer working with our school and Chinook Learning Services. Throughout the course, there is constant contact between the OffCampus Coordinator, the student and the employer.
Students then earn 1 credit for every 25 hours they are employed / volunteer. Students may earn up to 35 credits in Career Internship / Work Experience. Only 15 of these credits, can be applied to the 100 specified credits a student needs to earn a High School Diploma. Volunteer opportunities such as teaching assistants, working in senior’s centres, etc. are also good placements for students to learn about future careers. If students successfully move from a Work Experience opportunity to being indentured into a Pre-Registered Apprenticeship Program they can complete up to 40 credits towards their high school diploma.
See our CBE Unique Pathways and Alberta Tradesecrets website for opportunities and resources.