Experiential Learning Week: November 22-26, 2010
Our Board thanks all of our community partners and supporters of experiential learning in Halton
Experiential Learning - Construction, ECE and Health and Wellness
Photos show students engaged in a variety of experiential learning opportunities including Construction, Early Childhood Education and Health & Wellness.

​The Ministry of Education has designated November 22 to 26, 2010 as the first annual Experiential Learning Week to recognize the valuable contributions of employers who participate in school-work programs, including Cooperative Education programs, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP) and Specialist High Skills Majors Programs (SHSM).

Experiential learning includes all planned learning experiences that take place outside of the classroom, including the above mentioned programs, as well as Life Skills and Dual Credit programs, job shadowing and mentoring. Experiential learning programs can help all students, regardless of the post-secondary pathway they choose, to make important decisions about their career paths and to develop skills and knowledge that are essential in today’s workforce.

During Experiential Learning Week in Ontario, the Halton Catholic District School Board extends a sincere thank you and deep appreciation to the many employers, mentors and programs throughout Halton that support student learning beyond the walls of the classroom.

Currently in Halton, more than 2,500 employers offer Cooperative Education experiences, and in our Board almost 900 students are enrolled in programs that offer experiential learning, including OYAP, SHSM, Co-operative Education, Life Skills and Dual Credit programs. 

Through the participation of many large and small companies, institutions, associations and organizations, and with the support of our staff, our students are able to express their interests and obtain valuable skills through hands-on learning, which is supported by the academic learning in the classroom. Our students have the opportunity to better prepare themselves for the world beyond secondary school and identify the pathway they wish to follow.

Many thanks are also extended to the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC), as they support experiential learning on behalf of all students in Halton through the Employer Registry.

On November 25, 2010, HIEC will host, "Getting to Know Your Future Workforce”, an event that will celebrate Experiential Learning Week and 21 years of business, education and community partnerships in Halton. Both students and staff from our Board will have the opportunity to talk and ‘share their stories’ about the many experiential learning opportunities available in Halton. The event will showcase the successful connections between employers, students and teachers that are made in Halton through Passport to Prosperity and the Employer Registry. Passport to Prosperity is a provincial initiative to promote the benefits of school-work partnerships, recruit employers to partner with schools, and provide resources to facilitate these partnerships, for the benefit of employers and high school students.

Ontario Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky’s message about Experiential Learning Week:


 

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