Career Development

 

Formerly known as CTS (Career and Technology Studies), the new label – Career Development - provides a larger ‘umbrella’ for programming and initiatives. Along with CTS, Career Development also includes the HSAP (High School Apprenticeship) program and school-based programming, including Lifeworks courses.

 

CTS is a unique program designed to enable students to get hands-on experience, explore career paths, and to develop workplace skills in realistic situations. Students enrolled in these courses must complete a combination of ‘in-class’ activities, which may include self-assessments, interest inventories, resumes, and portfolios. School-based Career Development facilitators work with each student to complete these activities, and to consult with employers in assessing student progress in the workplace. Students who are 16 years of age, and have completed all Grade 9 and 10 core courses (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education) are eligible to enroll in a CTS internship course. Continued good standing in current core courses is required to continue in these courses.

 

Students also have the opportunity to begin trade apprenticeship by enrolling in the High School Apprenticeship (HSAP) program if they are 16 years of age, and have successfully completed all Grade 9 and 10 required courses. They must also remain in good standing with current coursework to remain in the HSAP program. Students must find a journeyperson in the trade they wish to pursue who is employed and willing to mentor that student. They can earn up to a maximum of eight high school credits and be paid while learning a trade. For every 220 hours of work, one level of technical training will be paid for by Apprenticeship Manitoba. School-based Career Development facilitators work as liaisons between the student in apprenticeship, the employer, and Apprenticeship Manitoba.

 

This larger Career Development initiative also promotes career exploration and development from grades K-12, and promotes career pathways as lifelong journeys, which include a balanced lifestyle. School-based Career Development facilitators, along with teaching staff and the divisional coordinator, plan and facilitate several local and regional events, including career fairs and post-secondary visitations. Facilitators also provide professional development and other supports to classroom teachers.

 

As of the fall of 2016, each of our schools is required to offer at least a .5 credit Lifeworks (Career Development) course to high school students. Also, as of this year, Culinary Arts programming has been implemented in each of our schools. This program compliments other industrial arts programming (Woodworking, Small Engines) within several of our buildings. We continue to seek other career-based experiential learning experiences for our students.

 

Community mentors, Career Development facilitators, and teaching staff continue to be the backbone of our successful and progressive programming.  Student voice has also played a significant role in the selection and implementation of successful programming.

 

Our divisional Career Coordinator is Robin Brigden (RobinBrigden@shmb.ca). Our school-based facilitators are: