Experiential Learning is a valuable component to prepare students for the future in making his/her career decision in all pathway destinations. Students who participate have the opportunity to explore careers while developing technical and essential skills, knowledge and attitudes that are essential in today's society. These are planned learning experiences that take place in the community and include job shadowing, job twinning, work experience and cooperative education. Students will be prepared for an activity or program, including review and acknowledgment of learning expectations, activity protocols, and workplace health and safety.
Career Exploration Activities - Activities that allow students to explore career opportunities through worksite tours, career conferences or competitions (e.g., Skills Canada), simulation activities (e.g., Junior Achievement), or contact with a career mentor may be incorporated into any credit course and count towards the Experiential Learning component required for a Specialist High Skills Major.
Job Shadowing - Provides students with an opportunity for one-on-one observation with a worker for one-half to one full day (or, in some cases, up to three days) in a specific occupation.
Job Twinning – Provides students with an opportunity for one-on-one observation with a co-operative education student at his or her placement for one-half to one day.
Work Experience – Provides the opportunity for a student to engage in a short-term subject-related work experience which is usually one or two weeks in duration and does not exceed four weeks. Work Experience enables students to learn about a career, the skills and education required.
Co-operative Education - Is a unique learning opportunity that extends classroom theory and learning into practical experience in business, industry and the community. It consists of a classroom component and a workplace component and may be planned as a single or multiple credit program.
The opportunity to experience the workplace helps students explore career options and gather information they need to make informed decisions about their post-secondary destinations (Workplace, Apprenticeship, College or University). Students also develop essential skills, work habits, attitudes and job skills necessary for a successful transition from secondary school to the workplace or post-secondary education.