Personal Development and Career Education

Career Development 10 and 11 each consist of a cluster of courses and portions of courses selected from the current listings of courses within the Public Schools Program. Courses and portions of courses are selected to help students plan and prepare for the learning experiences, both in the school and the community that will lead them toward an occupation and/or career.

Courses

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Cooperative Education 11
Physically Active Living 11
Cooperative Education 12
Leadership 12
Health and Human Services 12

Cooperative Education 11

Academic 1 credit

Co-op is an opportunity to learn about the world of work through both classes and a hands-on work placement. Students complete 25 hours of classes about interview skills, business communication, workplace safety, job ethics and other topics. Then, students choose a career that interests them and the teacher coordinator helps the student find an unpaid 100 hour work placement in that field. Past students have completed co-op terms as a chef, an auto mechanic, a teacher, a physicist, a firefighter, an accountant… the possibilities are endless! Co-op students are sometimes later hired by their placement supervisors. You can take more than one co-op credit if you would like to explore more than one career. Co-op applications are available in Student Services.

Physically Active Living 11

Open 1 credit

This full-credit course is designed to engage students in a wide range of physically active experiences, with an overall theme of exploring options and opportunities for being active for life, both in school and in their community. Physically Active Living 11 encompasses both an activity component and a theory component, with an emphasis on engagement in physical activity. The activity component of the course is designed to provide opportunities for students in active experiences that engage youth in traditional and non-traditional forms of physical activity. The theory component of the course will enhance student understanding of healthy eating, injury prevention, mental and emotional health, and addiction prevention highlighting the connection between healthy living and being physically active.

This course will satisfy the physical education provincial graduation requirement.

Cooperative Education 12

Academic 1 credit

Co-op is an opportunity to learn about the world of work through both classes and a hands-on work placement. Students complete 25 hours of classes about interview skills, business communication, workplace safety, job ethics and other topics. Then, students choose a career that interests them and the teacher coordinator helps the student find an unpaid 100 hour work placement in that field. Past students have completed co-op terms as a chef, an auto mechanic, a teacher, a physicist, a firefighter, an accountant… the possibilities are endless! Co-op students are sometimes later hired by their placement supervisors. You can take more than one co-op credit if you would like to explore more than one career. Co-op applications are available in Student Services.

Leadership 12

Academic 1 credit

Leadership 12 is a personal development course designed to provide students with experiences to create a personal philosophy of leadership that is based on their core beliefs and values in relation to socially responsible leadership. They will understand the concept of socially responsible leadership and how it impacts economics, social, environmental and ethical issues. Students of Leadership 12 are inclined to be supportive of their school and community, and are considering a future involving leadership. Leadership 12 will include opportunities that enable students to clarify and strengthen their values in relation to social responsibility, and to work at aligning leadership behaviour with these values. Students will be required to reflect on how their actions as leaders affect school culture and promote human rights. Students will complete a volunteerism component within their school or community.

Health and Human Services 12

Academic 1 credit

This course is of interest to students who might be considering post-secondary education/employment in health fields or human services including psychology/social work, continuing care, nursing, addictions counseling, youth and child studies, correctional services, educational support, gerontology, recreation & leisure, education. The course provides students with skills and knowledge in human development, ethics, helping process, interpersonal and personal development, wellness, written and verbal communications and computer applications. Students will explore skills and knowledge specific to defined occupations. Group work, case studies, community projects and agency interaction are some of the learning strategies used to ensure practical application of the theory studied. Community Based Education is a component of Health and Human Services 12.