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Experiential and Alternative Learning

Career Pathways Exploration Programs

As part of Career/Life planning programming, Upper Grand DSB offers four immersive experiential programs for students in grades 7-12+ that promote learning through exploration, investigation, and active participation. As well, Centennial CVI offers  these programs CELP or Headwaters & Beyonds Borders

Choosing a program based on their skills and ambitions, students can explore and build skills related to a variety of careers both within and outside of the classroom with full assistance and support, easing the transition as they move on to post-secondary education, whether in an apprenticeship, college or university.

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The Co-operative Education program allows students heading to an apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement. The program consists of a Co-op course monitored by a Co-operative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject, and a work placement. Visit the Co-op website. For instructions on how to access the current database of co-op employers in Guelph, click here   Accessing Job Ads Instructions In Guelph


Our Dual Credit program allows students, while still in secondary school, to take college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or a Certificate of Apprenticeship. Visit the Dual Credit website

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program wherein Grade 11 or 12 students work in apprenticeship occupations through the Co-operative Education program. Students can become registered apprentices and work towards becoming a certified journeyperson in a skilled trade while completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).          Visit the OYAP website.

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). It assists in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. Visit the SHSM website.

CCVI Contact:  Kim Durst    [email protected]

BEYOND BORDERS – Exploring Integrated & Experiential Educational Opportunities

— Grade 12  (Semester 1 only) 

Beyond Borders offers an opportunity for all enthusiastic and community-minded grade 12 students to enjoy a unique semester that will truly prepare them for the future. The program focuses on leadership development, business, math, global development and sustainability, with an emphasis on team-building, skill development, and experiential learning.

​The program fee of $975 covers many remarkable learning opportunities and enjoyable experiences, including trips to New York City, Toronto, Blue Mountain, and a leadership development trip to the Muskokas visiting Camp Tawingo.

​Students get the chance to prepare themselves for post secondary education through our program structure, campus tours and interaction with faculty and students. Students will have the opportunity to network with many professionals within a variety of fields, including education, business, local politics and more.

​Students are shown the varying factors that contribute to a successful company and leader. Students are shown how to become socially responsible leaders through character driven activities that will develop the traits that will help them be better leaders and members of society.

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Community Environmental Leadership Program – Grade 10

CELP, also known as Community Environmental Leadership Program, is offered to students in Grade 10. Each student who participates earns four high school credits, including Grade 10 English, Physical Education, Careers and Civics, and Grade 11 Interdisciplinary Studies.  Visit  to learn more.

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