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Career Education And Personal Development

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Options and Opportunities (O2)

O2 is an exciting high school program which offers moore hands-on learning experiences with a career focus. It's designed to prepare students for successful transition from high school to work, a career path, or a post-secondary program.

The program focuses on students who may not be fully engaged with their learning and with school, achievement of their academic potential. It offers direction and support in developing career/life pathway, if students are prepared to commit to a new approach to their learning. O2 provides multiple opportunities for cooperative education, where students learn in community and workplace settings, link their in-school learning to the workplace and enhance their employability skills.

 

Career Development 10 O2


Career Development 10 is designed to help young people to understand and manage themselves, to manage their personal lives and resources (including financial resources), and to develop the ability to organize and shape their careers.

Students in Career Development 10 will develop their abilities to communicate, think, and deal with their feelings. They will explore realistic personal goals, assess their own abilities, and realize how these actions will affect their learning and decision-making processes. They will develop awareness of their place in the community and the value to their personal growth of giving service to the community.

Career Development 10 consists of the following modules:

Module 1: Personal Development (30 hours)

Module 2: Career Awareness (25 hours)

Module 3: Workplace Readiness (20 hours)

Module 4: Financial Management (25 hours)

Module 5: LifeWork Portfolio (10 hours)  

 

 

Community Based Learning 10 O2


Community-Based Learning 10 is a full- or half-credit course designed for grade 10 O2 students to explore the opportunities that businesses and organizations in their community offer and to experience through them firmer understanding of their own employability skills, their personal growth opportunities, and their connection with the community.

This course may be offered as an alternative to Co-operative Education 10 for O2 students who do not meet the requirements for a co-operative education placement. Students must be 16 years of age to enter a co-operative education placement, and some students in grade 10 may require further development of the employability and personal skills needed for success in co-operative education.

The Community-Based Learning 10 curriculum is organized by community learning opportunities, through which students achieve the learning outcomes. Community learning opportunities may be selected from the following list.

Career-Related Research Projects: Career-related research provides students with a structured exploration into the world of work as they examine workplace cultures and practices and consider the idea of career pathways and their educational requirements.

Career Simulations: A career simulation is organized collaboratively by a community organization and educators to provide students with the opportunity to participate in career-related activities within a school setting.

Credentialing: Students may enrol in courses offered by community agencies (for example, St. John Ambulance) to acquire certifications that will help them qualify for employment.

Field Trips: Class or group field trips are an effective way to initiate interest in, and knowledge of, careers through exposure to organizations, businesses, and industries in the community.

Job-Shadowing Experiences: Job shadowing is short-term community-based experiential learning that provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with workplaces and occupations within them.

Mentoring and E-Mentoring: Mentors (for example, employers, workers, or other community members), provide support, encouragement, and well-placed reflections when a teachable moment is at hand, providing advice and guidance based on personal experience.

Post-Secondary Options: Post-secondary destinations include universities, apprenticeship, private career colleges, and community colleges.

Service Learning: Service learning is a structured learning experience where students apply and expand knowledge and skills learned in school while making a contribution to communities.

Virtual Field Trips and Virtual Work Placements: The impact of innovations in information technology and the use of the Internet allow students to tour virtual workplaces and to participate in virtual work placements.

Volunteerism: Volunteering is a strategy to develop employability skills and promote personal growth by building strong and productive relationships with community agencies or groups.

Co-operative Education 10


Not Available 2016-17

 

Career Development 11 O2


 

Career Development 11 is a required course for all O2 students. Career Development 11 is a half credit course and should be scheduled along with Workplace Health and Safety 11, also a half credit and a required course for all O2 students.

Whereas Career Development 10 provides students with broad strokes in preparing for the workplace, Career Development 11 intensifies the workplace focus by building on students’ developing personal and financial awareness of life on their own, adding to their understanding of the nature of workplaces, and focusing their attention on their own career development so that they may confidently enter a post-secondary institution or a workplace upon graduation. Career Development 11 is about clarifying students’ understanding of their employment and life-skills strengths as well as their learning needs.

Students in Career Development 11 will continue to develop their abilities to communicate and think reflectively. They will explore realistic academic and career goals, assess their own abilities, and realize how these actions will affect their learning and decision-making processes. They will take responsibility for managing and focusing their explorations into the world of work and personal finance as they become attuned to the realities of preparing for employment.

Career Development 11 consists of the following modules:

Module 1: Career Awareness (15 hours)

Module 2: Work Cultures (20 hours)

Module 3: Financial Management (10–15 hours)

Module 4: LifeWork Portfolio (5–10 hours)

 

 

Child Studies 11(Open)

Through this course students will examine and gain knowledge of parenting styles and family relationships, an understanding of human growth and development,  knowledge about the needs of  infants and children, knowledge of community connections that support the care and welfare of children, career opportunities related to the care and welfare of children, and knowledge of child development theories and theorists.

 


Co-operative Education 11

A student must be 16 years old to take Co-op ed. A major component of the course is a placement in a community workplace where the student will experience the aspects of a job first hand. Prior to the community based placement of the  students must successfully complete the in-school component which is a minimum 25-hour module preparing students for their placement. Included in the 25 hour in-school component is First Aid and C.P.R. Training, WHMIS Training, and Safety Training. Students are not required to repeat this module if they enrol in subsequent Co-operative education courses.

Students must complete 100 hours of a community-based component and submit a log indicating hours of placement. A co-op ed course is supervised jointly by the teacher and the community host.

 

Workplace Health and Safety O2

 This course covers career awareness, work cultures, financial management and LifeWork Portfolio.

Co-operative Education 12

A student must be 16 years old to take Co-op ed. A major component of the course is a placement in a community workplace where the student will experience the aspects of a job first hand. Prior to the community based placement of the  students must successfully complete the in-school component which is a minimum 25-hour module preparing students for their placement. Included in the 25 hour in-school component is First Aid and C.P.R. Training, WHMIS Training, and Safety Training. Students are not required to repeat this module if they enrol in subsequent Co-operative education courses.

Students must complete 100 hours of a community-based component and submit a log indicating hours of placement. A co-op ed course is supervised jointly by the teacher and the community host.

Health and Human Services 12(Academic)

Through this course students will gain knowledge of the six dimensions of health and wellness, and an understanding of the importance of balance of these dimensions. Students will also examine the twelve determinants of health, and gain an understanding how these determinants impact the health of individuals. Students will gain an understanding of essential characteristics desirable for people who work in occupations or careers in health and human service, as well as identify and examine various health and human service careers and occupations.

This course covers career awareness, work cultures, financial management and LifeWork Portfolio.