Specialty School-to-Career Programs 


There are a number of specialty programs offered through Halton to further your learning.

Co-operative Education

Co-op is a great opportunity to work during the school day in your desired field and see if this is the career for you. It is usually best to do this in your senior years, and you will need to see your co-op teacher at your school to see what jobs are available in different fields.

Examples of jobs: photography studios, hospital (i.e. Surgery, special care nursery), accounting, banking tellers, retail, automotive repair, filming, customer service etc.

Don’t miss out on a chance to test-drive your future!

Construction Transition

The Construction Transition Program is a four-credit Coop program that provides a unique opportunity for students to explore a career in the construction industry. Construction Transition students will be well prepared for employment in the construction and other related industries immediately after leaving secondary school. It will give you a skill set ready to enter the construction field. It is offered at Bishop Reding High School during Semester 2 and in July. Students will receive 4 co-op credits for this program. See your guidance counsellor or go to http://www.schooltocareer.ca for more information.

Halton Home Builders

This program is an excellent opportunity to learn all of the aspects of the construction field. Students will work on a home and have on-the job training. It is great to see if this is the career for you and see what areas you may want to specialize in. Students spend half their semester building a "project" house during 2 - 4 week Homebuilding blocks. The other half of the semester is spent exploring the construction career(s) of their choice during 2 - 4 week co-op placements. It is offered through White Oaks High school from February to June. Be sure to apply soon - getting extra experience early in high school will set you up for life.

Halton Local Involvement Network (LINK)

The Halton Local Involvement Network (LINK) is a full semester Cooperative Education Program in which high school students create and deliver dynamic and informative presentations to elementary school students in Grades 1-8 across the Halton Region.

As a LINK student you are part of a team of students that develops, markets and delivers a specialized program. Each team represents a sponsoring organization. You are the individual who LINKS the business world and the schools in partnership. LINK is offered through HIEC (The Halton Industry Education Council).

Canadian Forces Co-op

For students who are interested in the military, this is an excellent opportunity to get 4 credits, while learning the basics of a military career. This is a one semester program, and students must complete the military application form and complete aptitude testing in order to be accepted.

The courses include: English or Math, PhysEd, and two co-operative education credits.

You must be at least 16 years old in order to apply and must have completed 15 high school credits. Apply between April and October. Programs are available in Burlington and Georgetown. Students completing this program are eligible to continue in the Specialist High Skills Major program in Community and Emergency Services. See your guidance counsellor for more details.

Bronte Creek Project (BCP) Trailhead

The Bronte Creek Project offers "Trailhead" for grade 10 students and the "Bronte Creek" program for grade 11 or 12 students that focuses on adventure, exploring your community and developing leadership skills.

Trailhead and Bronte Creek are four-credit interdisciplinary course packages with an overall theme to develop a relationship with your community and the natural world. Students in the Bronte Creek program also teach/lead the "Earthkeepers" program for grade 3 & 4 students to promote an understanding of environmental responsibility. Our campus is located at Camp Sidrabene in north Burlington; a beautiful 55 acre natural setting with several buildings and unique classrooms. The program is based at Sidrabene and includes numerous opportunities to learn and explore the neighbouring communities as well while earning 4 compulsory credits. Bussing is offered to Trailhead and Bronte Creek, and the cost is $550 for the program (subject to change). It is important to apply early!

Bronte Creek Project

The Bronte Creek Project is for students in grade 11 or 12 and focuses on adventure, exploring your community and developing leadership skills. Bronte Creek is a four-credit interdisciplinary course package with an overall theme to develop a relationship with your community and the natural world. Students in the Bronte Creek program also teach/lead the "Earthkeepers" program for grade 3 & 4 students to promote an understanding of environmental responsibility. Our campus is located at Camp Sidrabene in north Burlington; a beautiful 55 acre natural setting with several buildings and unique classrooms. The program is based at Sidrabene and includes numberous opportunities to learn and explore the neighbouring communities as well while earning 4 compulsory credits. Bussing is offered to Trailhead and Bronte Creek, and the cost is approximately $550 for the program (subject to change). Students completing the Bronte Creek Program are eligible to participate in the Specialist High Skills Major program in the Environmental sector. Space is limited so apply early.

Check out http://www.schooltocareer.ca for more information or contact Cathy Jenkins at jenkinsc@hcdsb.org or call 905 630 1619 for more information.

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