Career & Technology

Career and Technology Studies & Knowledge and Employability

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) and Knowledge and Employability (K&E) pathways, for grades 10 to 12, build on the Career & Technology Foundations (CTF) inquiry-based, hands-on studies for Grade 9. 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)

Cluster Courses Include

  • BIT: Computing Sciences, Enterprise & Innovation, Finance Management, Information Processing, Marketing & Management, Networking.
  • HRH: Community Care Services, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Foods, Health Care Services, Human & Social Services, Legal Studies, Recreation Leadership, Tourism.
  • MDC: Communication Technology, Design Studies, Fashion Studies
  • NAT: Agriculture, Environmental Stewardship, Forestry, Primary Resources, Wildlife
  • TMT: Auto Body Services, Automotive Services, Aviation, Construction, Electro-Technologies, Fabrication, Logistics (Supply Chain Management)

Design Studies 10 – 5 credits

Prerequisite - None

Explore the world of design– architectural, environment, industrial, and interior. Learn basic sketching and rendering techniques, computer aided design (CAD) software and 3D modeling and creates and present a variety of designs based on specific client details. You have a choice of computer or hand drawn plans and rendering. Sketch, Model & Draw DES1010, the Design Process DES1020, CAD 1 DES1050, CAD 2 DES2055, 3D Design 1 DES1040, 3D Design 2 DES2045

Media Arts 10 – 5 credits

Prerequisite - None

Learn the basics of each type of media (print, video, photography, animation and graphics) and the software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, InDesign and iMovie) that produces it and then use your knowledge to produce multimedia pieces to inform, entertain and persuade your viewers. Visual Communication COM1005, Graphic Tools COM1035, Web Design COM1055, Animation 1 COM1145, Photography – Digital Processing COM1275

Creative Writing 15

Prerequisite - None

This course is designed for students who wish to refine their creative writing beyond what is offered in their Humanities and English Language Arts courses. Whether you are an experienced writer, or someone who wants to expand their creative side, opportunities will be given to exploring and develop one’s own ideas, writing in a variety of methods, forms, and styles. This is a hands on course where students will be expected to share and workshop their writing in a safe, encouraging environment. Because of the workshop aspect of the course, keeping on pace with the class will be necessary, even while away.

Sports Medicine 15/25/35

Sports Medicine 15/25/35 introduces a progression of information related to the prevention, identification, and treatment of athletic injuries. All sports medicine students will have the opportunity to participate in a Red Cross Standard First Aid / CPR course certification for an additional cost that will cover the required Red Cross manual and certification card expenses $35.00. Guest speakers may include but are not limited to Calgary EMS Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists and Yoga Instructors. The sports medicine program at NSS is a hands-on project-based program that challenges students to work collaboratively and creatively while increasing their knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, and injury management. As the program progresses, students are expected to become more independent, demonstrate initiative and take on leadership roles within the classroom.

Sports Medicine 15 – introductory - (5 credits)

Course content presents information regarding the anatomy and physiology of the human body, and introduces additional information related to basic injury identification and treatment options. Practical course components will include a general introduction to taping, massage, first aid and CPR

Sports Medicine 25- intermediate - (5 credits)

Students will progress into a more independent learning project-based environment than the Sports Medicine 15 level. Course content will review basic anatomy and physiology of the human body, introduce additional information related to body systems, and continue to develop basic injury management skills. Students will have the chance to develop leadership and presentation skills by demonstrating taping techniques, creating resources, and sharing their knowledge with students in the Introductory Sports Medicine 15 course.

Sports Medicine 35- advanced - (5 credits)

Sports Medicine 35 provides an independent learning environment and requires initiative and leadership in the classroom. Students are expected to demonstrate and teach to introductory and intermediate Sports Medicine students. Advanced sports medicine students will also be exposed to the sports medicine industry in a variety of settings to deepen their understanding of the prevention and treatment of sports related injuries and related careers.

Foundations | Grades 5-9

In Career and Technology Foundations (CTF), students plan, create, appraise, and communicate to explore interests and passions as they learn about various career possibilities and occupational areas. CTF responds to the context of the school, community, and student interests and passions, and as a result, looks different in every school. This flexibility allows teachers to design meaningful learning experiences for students.

At the heart of CTF are the four central processes: plan, create, appraise, communicate. Students engage in CTF tasks, alternating between the four central processes. These central processes span 28 different occupational areas. Occupational areas are categorized by five clusters (Human Services, Business, Communication, Resources, and Technology) and include disciplines such as foods, computing science, design studies, environmental stewardship, and construction, just to name a few. Each CTF task should align with at least two occupational areas.

Because the four central processes can be adapted to any topic of study, students are emphasizing universal skills and processes, which makes learning more meaningful and connected than ever. Hands-on, relevant, and purposeful learning is very important to the middle years learner.

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