Career and Work Education Programs offer a wide range of opportunities to students with varying skills and abilities. The following programs provide Saskatoon Public Schools students with an opportunity to blend theoretical and practical experience both in the classroom and at a work site other than the classroom. For more information, visit our frequently asked questions
Key stakeholders in Career and Work Education Programs are the school, the home, and the community. The concept of partnership is key to the success of these programs.
The Career Education Office provides coordination of Career and Work Education programs to the six regular semestered collegiates, Nutana collegiate (quartered), City Park Modified and Alternative program, the Saskatoon Christian School, LS/WS and FLS programs, as well as dual credit and academic research/work placement options in integrated as well as individually time-tabled special credit situations.
Career and Work Exploration 10, 20, 30
Career and Work Exploration (2002) is a non-pre-requisite series of courses that blends theory-based and experiential learning components in a career development continuum of awareness, exploration, and experience. Students access the community as a learning environment and thereby enhance their opportunities for career life success.
The curriculum promotes career planning and decision-making. The curriculum is not intended to force students to make premature choices but rather aims to help students to expand their occupational awareness and relate their educational choices to career development while keeping a wide variety of transition pathways open for consideration. All collegiates offer configurations of CWE in the school year, including CWE 10, 10/20, A30, A30/B30, as well as integrated options in semestered and quartered formats.
Academic Research/Work Placement Program (Career and Work Exploration 30)
Currently available at most high schools, this one-credit (CWE A30) option involves students from an academic stream and/or those with specialized skills. Students are usually integrated within the regular two-credit (CWE A30/B30) program. The Academic Research/Work Placement Program culminates in a 10-week (two hours each afternoon) academic research/work experience at the University of Saskatchewan, where students work along side professors, researchers and scientists, assisting them with research in fields that the students may be interested in pursuing as a future career. The Academic Research/Work Placement Program's first partner was Agri-Food and Agriculture Canada at the U of S. Since then, the Program has expanded to include further opportunities for students in nearly every college, including the College of Veterinary Medicine, The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, the College of Engineering (civil, mechanical, chemical, geological, electrical/computer, and bio-medical) the College of Medicine (Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, the Dept. of Neuropsychiatry, the Dept. of Neurology, the Dept. of Pharmacology, the Dept. of Biochemistry, the Dept. of Pathology, the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, the Dept. of Biochemistry and the Dept. of Clinical Microbiology), the College of Kinesiology, the College of Arts and Sciences (the Dept. of Music and Fine Art, the Dept. of Geography, Planning & Sustainability, the Dept. of Biology, the Dept. of Chemistry, the Dept. of Physics/Engineering Physics/Astrophysics, the Dept. of Psychology, the Dept. of English, the Dept. of Native Studies, the Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, the Dept. of Philosophy and the Dept. of Anthropology and Religious Studies), VIDO, the CLS Synchrotron, and Environment Canada. Academic placements in the areas of archaeology, environmental studies, accounting, actuary, physiotherapy, computer science and information processing are also available at off-campus sites. Students go through an application, interview and selection process prior to entry into this Program.
High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (Integrated Career and Work Exploration A30/B30)
The High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) is now being run exclusively out of Mount Royal Collegiate. While the HCAP Program is based at Mount Royal, all students in Saskatoon Public Schools are welcome to apply. Through the HCAP Program, students earn six high school credits - Entrepreneurship 30, Construction 20 and 30, Career and Work Education A30 and B30, as well as a newly-added credit, Career Focus 30, which is a locally developed course made up of trades math and communications classes. Students also have the opportunity to earn two more post-secondary (SIAST) credits. HCAP also allows students to be certified in the five following areas: CPR/First Aid, Powder-Actuated Tools, ICF (Insulated concrete forming system), WHMIS, and CSTS (Construction safety training system). To date, students have had the opportunity to pour basement walls and slab as well as finish a house to the dry-wall stage; they have also participated in community projects such as building a skating rink at a local school and helping Habitat For Humanity prepare their new Restore building. There have been many other successful experiences, one being one of our students becoming the first high school student to successfully challenge the first year apprenticeship exam.
Nutana Integrated Programs (Career and Work Exploration 30)
Nutana Collegiate is proud to be a leader and innovator in career development initiatives for youth. This priority has been long established at Nutana and has resulted in our designation as the first CATT (Canadian Academy of Travel and Tourism) Gold School in Saskatchewan and our own two academies: The Academy of Tourism and The Academy of Career and Experiential Learning. We have staff in career facilitation roles throughout the entire school year who promote career fairs, visits to post-secondary facilities, work placements, volunteer opportunities, apprenticeship exploration and paid employment positions. Partnerships with community agencies strengthen the career pathways that are available to students at Nutana. A full time career and employment consultant from CanSask works at Nutana Collegiate. The school divisions IDA (Individual Development Accounts) Program has its home and coordinator at Nutana. A new iJob program started in the fall of 2007 offers transition programming to students who need something different than a traditional high school credit program. iJob is funded in cooperation with the Saskatchewan Ministries of Education, Advanced Education, Employment and Labour and Social Services. Students at our school also benefit from frequent programs offered by STEC (Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council).
City Park Program (Career and Work Exploration 10, 20, 30)
This program focuses on the career development process with a major objective being to prepare students for direct entry into the world of work. Extensive work experience in the community and at work sites is integral to programming; employability is a major focus.
Life Skills Work Study Transition Program
This Alternate Education program provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience at the 18, 28 and 38 level. At the 18 level students are introduced to the basic work habits and skills required for the world of work through group participation in volunteer work experiences in both the school and community. As students progress to the 28/38 level, at least two individual work placements, per year, totaling at least 120 hours are arranged. The ultimate goal of the program being to refine the student's personal and work skills, to the point, where upon graduation they are able to succeed in an entry-level job in the community. The Life Skills Work Study programs are currently offered at Bedford Road, Mount Royal and Walter Murray Collegiate.
Life Skills Work Study Transition Program
This Program is designed to enhance and extend the services LSWS students typically receive in their high school experience. The focus will be on the transition from school to successful community living and competitive employment. The Program is housed in the Education Centre, but is tied to Walter Murray Collegiate.
Functional Living Skills Work Experience
This program provides special needs students an opportunity to gain work experience in a group situation with a job coach. Students develop enhanced social skills, communication and personal management. Classroom projects and student placements tend to focus on assisting non-profit organizations in events planning and helping community organizations. These programs are available at Centennial, Marion Graham and Tommy Douglas Collegiates.
Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship - SYA
This program introduces students to apprenticeship and the trade certification process as they explore the world of opportunities and rewards that come with working in the skilled trades. Students must be least 15 years of age and must be registered in a CWE 10/20/30 course, a trade-related Practical and Applied Arts course, or other locally developed trade-related courses. The three levels of challenges, which can be completed in Grade 10, 11 and 12, are recorded in the SYA Passport upon completion. This program follows SK Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) provincial apprenticeship guidelines, which allows students registered in SYA to accumulate 100 hours of trade time credit for every SYA level completed, which can then be applied to a formal apprenticeship. Form 6 in the Career and Work Exploration Guidelines (pg. 99) can be completed and placed in the students portfolio.
SPS recognizes up to four Apprenticeship Credits (AP 20A/B, AP 30A/B) per student for out-of-school initiatives, on the basis of trade-related work proposed and completed by an individual student. The student must be employed in an approved apprenticeship in one of the designated trades and under the supervision of a journeyperson, and must complete a minimum of100 hours of trade-related work per credit. Prior to beginning the work for credit(s), the student must submit an Apprenticeship Credit proposal by completing the application package and be approved by the school's principal, employer and the supervising teacher.
For more information about Saskatoon Public Schools Career and Work Education Programs, contact the SPS Career and Work Education Office at (306) 683-8418 or (306) 683-8419 or a specific school regarding programs offered at that site.