In a competitive market, you must have unique specialized skills and knowledge to stand out from the crowd.  Harmony between these two major factors requires serious soul searching and the motivation to find out what training and education is possible for you.  Also, you need to make some decisions around what you will be satisfied doing. Is a vocational career or a career in Trades vs. traditional post-secondary right for you?

The following information provides an overview of some of the major routes you can follow which can begin before you even graduate!  Acquaint yourself with what each has to offer and if you need more information on these programs visit:

WGSS Career Advisor

Ms. Pawar ppawar@sd35.bc.ca 

 

WGSS Counsellor

Ms. Docherty sdocherty@sd35.bc.ca

 

SD35 WAVE Contact
Geoff McSherry  gmcsherry@sd35.bc.ca 

Course Planning Presentation

The District offers 5 Different Dual-Credit Programs:

Work & Volunteer
Experience
To apply for any of the above programs book an appointment with the WGSS Career Advisor, Ms. Pawar, and she can help you get started with an application or discuss in further detail what options might be best suited for you.  You can also contact Ms. Docherty, Counsellor, to discuss your options.

SKILLED TRADES BC - YOUTH TRAIN IN TRADES

What

  • SkilledTradesBC – Programs for students to complete SkilledTradesBC technical trades training
  • Students can train to become a(n): Automotive Service Technician, Carpenter, Electrician, Hairstylist, Landscape Horticulturalist, Plumber or Professional Cook

Why

  • Learn skills and gain experience
  • Earn high school and post-secondary credits at the same time
  • Pay no tuition (for eligible high school students)

 Who

  • Be in grade 10-11 to apply (or grade 12 for Hairstylist only)
  • Intention to graduate
  • Genuine interest in the trade
  • Commitment to learning the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to do well in the field

When

  • Most programs begin February 2025
  • Professional Cook begins September 2024
  • Programs are full-time for 1 or 2 semesters

Where

  • Location depends on the program, see program pages for more information

How

SKILLED TRADES BC - YOUTH IN TRADES

What

  • SkilledTradesBC’s Youth Work in Tradesprogram allows students to start an apprenticeship while they are still in high school. They can earn graduation credits while logging work-based training hours

Why

  • Earn up to 16 elective credits towards graduation (equals 4 courses)
  • Acquire skills employers want and get a head start on your career
  • Use 480 paid work hours towards your apprenticeship
  • Have a seamless transition from school to work
  • Become potentially eligible for a $1000 Youth Work in Trades Scholarship

Who

  • Be 15-19 years old
  • Be working or have worked in a SkilledTradesBC regulated trade
  • Register at anytime during the school year

Where

  • Work at your employer’s place(s) of business and on school assignments at home

How

$1000 Youth WORK Award criteria – in order to receive you must:
  • Be registered with SkilledTradesBC as a Youth Apprentice.
  • Graduated with a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood.
  • Successfully completed WRK 11A, WRK 11B, WRK 12A, and WRK 12B.
  • Maintained a C+ average or better on Grade 12 numbered courses.
  • Reported a total of at least 900 hours to SkilledTradesBC by December 31 of the school year the student turns 19.

Professional Cook 1

Partnered with VCC located at Walnut Grove Secondary School

Program Length and Dates

Full school year Sep to June

For Grade 12 students (some skilled Grade 11 students may be considered)

Program runs Mon – Thurs
2:30 – 7:30PM plus work experience outside class time

What Do You Learn

Skills and knowledge required to succeed in a range of industries; including restaurants, hotels, institutional kitchens & catering operations.

 

Substantial hands-on and theoretical knowledge to work effectively in a food service environment. 

What do you leave with upon successful completion of the program?

  • credit for at least 8 high school courses (32 credits) in Cook Training and work experience
  • Certificate of Qualification – C of Q Professional Cook 1 SkilledTradesBC certification
  • VCC certificate
  • practical work experience in the field
  • SkilledTradesBC registration

What do you need to get into the program?

  • good attitude and genuine interest in working in the culinary industry
  • physical ability to safely use knives and other related kitchen tools

 

Entrance Requirements:

  • fully proficient in the English language
  • completion of Grade 11
  • FoodSafe certification by May 2024
  • one of the following school courses: Cafeteria or Cook Training, Food Studies 11/12

OR

paid or volunteer food preparation work in a restaurant, catering business or professional kitchen

Electrical

Partnered with BCIT at BCIT’s Satellite Campus located at DW Poppy Secondary

Program Length and Dates

1 semester

24-week program

 

Feb to July

for

grade 12 students

What Do You Learn

Skills and knowledge to start working in the electrical trade:

Planning, assembling, installing, testing, repairing and maintaining electrical equipment and systems.

What do you leave with upon successful completion of the program?

  • BCIT’s Electrical Foundation Certificate of Trades Training
  • 18 credits (6 courses) of secondary school graduation credit

What do you need to get into the program?

  • genuine interest & drive to become an electrician
  • intention to graduate
  • commitment to learning the skills, knowledge & attitudes required to do well in this field
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Automotive

Partnered with BCIT at BCIT’s Satellite Campus located at DW Poppy Secondary

Program Length and Dates

1 semester

& July (Work Experience)

 

Feb to July

For grade 11
and 12 students

What Do You Learn

Skills and knowledge to start working in automotive service.

 

Level I auto service technician trades skills.

What do you leave with upon successful completion of the program?

  • grade 10 completion plus any Math 11 and English Language Arts 11
  • Automotive 11 or equivalent
  • intention to graduate
  • genuine interest in automotive service

What do you need to get into the program?

  • genuine interest & drive to become an electrician
  • intention to graduate
  • commitment to learning the skills, knowledge & attitudes required to do well in this field
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Carpentry

Partnered with KPU at Aldergrove Community Secondary

Program Length and Dates

1 semester

& July (Work Experience)

 

Feb to July

for grade 11 and 12 students

What Do You Learn

Skills and knowledge to start working in construction/carpentry.

 

Level I carpentry trades skills.

What do you leave with upon successful completion of the program?

  • credit for 5 high school courses (20 credits)
  • SkilledTradesBC Level I Carpentry apprenticeship training
  • some practical work experience in the field
  • college credits leading to Kwantlen’s Citation in Carpentry/Construction

What do you need to get into the program?

  • genuine interest & drive to become an electrician
  • intention to graduate
  • commitment to learning the skills, knowledge & attitudes required to do well in this field

Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship

Partnered with KPU at Aldergrove Community Secondary

Program Length and Dates

1 semester

6 weeks of Level 1 training plus 13 weeks of paid work experience

 

Feb – April

For grade 11 & 12 students

What Do You Learn

Skills & knowledge needed to complete Level 1 Apprenticeship technical training.  Included are botany, soils, plant identification, pest management & practical skills:

to use equipment, to conduct basic engine maintenance, to calibrate fertilizer spreaders, to make pruning cuts and to work as part of a horticulture maintenance team.

What do you leave with upon successful completion of the program?

  • dual credit at the Gr. 12 level for 2 or 4 high school courses
  • credit for Level 1 Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship
  • SkilledTradesBC registration

What do you need to get into the program?

  • good attitude and genuine interest
  • ability to learn through both “reading” & “doing”
  • physically able to do the work
  • English Language Arts 10 (2 modules required) & Math 10
  • grade 10 completion recommended

Piping/Plumbing

partnered with BCIT at Langley Secondary School

Program Length and Dates

2 semesters

Feb to
following Jan

for grade 11 and 12 students

What Do You Learn

Skills and knowledge to start working in the piping trades: plumbing, steam fitting and sprinkler fitting.

What do you leave with upon successful completion of the program?

  • credit for 9 courses (36 credits)
  • Level I piping trades apprenticeship training
  • substantial practical work experience in the field
  • BCIT’s Certificate of Trade Training in Piping Foundation

What do you need to get into the program?

  • grade 10 completion plus any Math 11, English Language Arts 11, Science 11
  • intention to graduate
  • genuine interest in piping/plumbing

Hairstylist

at Aldergrove Community Secondary partnered with SkilledTradesBC & Beauty Council of BC

Program Length and Dates

2 semesters

 

Feb to
following Jan

for grade 11 and 12 students

 

Program Schedule:

*subject to change

M-F, 8:15am-2:30pm

What Do You Learn

Skills and knowledge to become a certified hairstylist in BC.

What do you leave with upon successful completion of the program?

  • credit for 11 courses (44 credits)
  • SkilledTradesBC & Beauty Council of BC registration
  • 990 hours of credit towards SkilledTradesBC Hairstylist foundation program
  • 300 SkilledTradesBC practicum hours through work experience in the industry and in the training salon

What do you need to get into the program?

  • sincere interest in hair
  • grade 10 completion plus English Language Arts 11
  • intention to graduate
  • fully proficient in English language
  • interest in working with people

WAVE: Work & Volunteer Experience

What

  • Get placed with employers/organizations to job shadow and/or perform the duties of an entry level employee
  • Gain experience and new skills in the workplace they wouldn’t be able to get at school 

Why

  • Complete course credits outside of a school in almost any industry/occupation
  • Get paid or gain volunteer experience while earning school graduation credits
  • Take more than eight courses in a school year, does not impact current school schedule

Who

  • Be in grade 10-12 to apply

When

  • Complete work after school, weekends during school breaks (winter, summer, spring)

Where

  • Work at your employer’s place(s) of business and on school assignments at home

How

  • Register during course selection or see your school’s WAVE teacher, Career Advisoror counsellor for more info
  • Visit website for more info sd35.bc.ca/wave

Early Childhood Education

What

  • Students can earn post-secondary credits towards a university program
  • Students complete course requirement to become an Early Childhood Education Assistant and earn post-secondary credits towards the Early Childhood Education Certificate

 Why

  • Learn skills and gain experience
  • Earn high school and post-secondary credits at the same time
  • Pay no tuition (for eligible high school students)

Who

  • Be in grade 11 to apply
  • Intention to graduate
  • Genuine interest in pursuing post-secondary education
  • Commitment to learning the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to do well in the field

When

  • ECE program starts in September 2024

Where

  • Location depends on the program, see program pages for more information

How

  • Contact your school’s Career Advisor for more information and/or to apply

Early Childhood Education partnered with University of the Fraser Valley and Abbotsford School District

Program Length and Dates

2 semesters

 

 

Sept to June

For grade 12 students

What Do You Learn

Students can earn post-secondary credits towards a university program.

 

Students complete course requirement to become an Early Childhood Education Assistant and earn post-secondary credits towards the Early Childhood Education Certificate.

What do you leave with upon successful completion of the program?

  • Students can apply for the Early Childhood Assistant Certificate and earn 12 credits towards the Early Childhood Education Certificate.

What do you need to get into the program?

  • Completed English 11
  • Grade 12 student
  • Recommended C+ or higher in English 10 and Math 10

Introduction to Health Science

What

  • Students can earn post-secondary credits

 Why

  • Learn about health science from a variety of perspectives
  • Gain knowledge of post-secondary expectations
  • Increase communication and interpersonal relations
  • Earn high school and post-secondary credits at the same time
  • Pay no tuition (for eligible high school students)

Who

  • Be in grade 11 to apply
  • Require this course as part of an intention to pursue a career in health care/health science with a focus on nursing

When

  • July-August 2024=

Where

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langley Campus

How

  • Contact your school’s Career Advisor for more information and/or to apply

Introduction to Health Science partnered with Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Program Length and Dates

1 semester

 

July to August

For grade 11 students

What Do You Learn

Students can earn post-secondary credits.

 

Students will be introduced to the multifaceted field of health science and the foundations of promoting health and wellness

What do you leave with upon successful completion of the program?

  • Students will:

    • Learn about health science from a variety of perspectives
    • Gain knowledge of post-secondary expectations
    Increase communication and interpersonal relations

What do you need to get into the program?

  • Completed Grade 11
  • Recommended B or higher in English Language Arts 10 and Math 10
  • Require this course as part of an intention to pursue a career in health care/health science with a focus on nursing