HIEC’s Career Centre Celebrates 20 Years of Inspiring Career Passion
Congratulations to HIEC on 20 years of providing outstanding career advice and resources!

Over 20 years ago, the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) saw a need in our community to provide career advice and resources to senior elementary students. Two decades later, HIEC’s Grade 8 Career Awareness program has welcomed over 100,000 students from both the Halton Catholic District and Halton District school boards to take part in a half-day career exploration program.

“We’re so excited to be celebrating the Career Centre’s 20th birthday this year. A celebration that would not be possible without the support from our partners at the Halton Catholic District and Halton District school boards, and our long-time corporate sponsor Attridge Transportation,” says Kelly Hoey, Executive Director. “These relationships are the foundation for this program’s success and we thank each and every one one of our partners for their continued support.”

Attridge Transportation has been supporting the program since its inception and provides bussing for over 6,500 students each year to the Career Centre from across the region. Without Attridge Transportation President Glenn Attridge’s constant support and generosity this program would not be possible for Halton students. Thanks to these community partnerships, the Grade 8 Career Awareness Program helps students gain the proper knowledge and tools that will help them understand the importance of making informed career decisions.

Grade 8 can be a scary time for students who are about to venture into high school and make decisions that will shape their future career path. The Career Awareness Program prepares students through two separate program components. One being The Real Game – an interactive career development program that links education and the working world. Each student is assigned an adult occupation with real-life situations that focus on budget balancing, job satisfaction and the value of work.

The second component is a visit to the Career Centre where students explore their interests, skills and values, while learning about career pathways. The Centre is also home to a resource library featuring over 3,000 career profiles that the students have access to during the program.

“Over 80% of students will receive career advice primarily from family and friends, which can be limited in scope,” says Lindsay Simmons, Program Instructor. “It’s important to teach students about all of the potential career opportunities available to them and that they are not limited to any particular profession or career path. We encourage career exploration in order to find a career that best suits them."

The program has garnered rave reviews from student participants over the years. “This really helped me realize what type of job that suits my skills, interests and values. I now have a better idea of what I might do,” said a past student attendee. “I loved the experience, it was fun and cool!”

HIEC would like to thank the many community partners who believe in the power of this program and want to see it continue to grow and develop over the next 20 years. Visit hiec.on.ca to learn more about HIEC's programs, events and how to get involved.


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