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Experiential and Alternative Learning

Career Pathways

Our School to Career Program comprises four experiential programs that promote learning through experience and observation. The Ontario curriculum of the Creating Pathways to Success Program for career development allows for a broad range of opportunities.

Choosing a program based on their skills and ambitions, students can practice a career 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.


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 & Instructrions 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.

BEYOND BORDERS – Exploring Integrated and Experiential Educational Opportunities—Grade 12  (Semester 1 only) 

Beyond Borders offers active, involved, community-minded Grade 12 students a unique, integrated and experiential opportunity to combine Business, English, Media and Leadership learning with a focus on globalization, technology and social responsibility. Highlights: Leadership development at Camp Tawingo; business competitions via DECA; trips to New York City, Toronto, Hamilton; working with University of Guelph for transition to post-secondary education. (Cost:  in the $975 range)                                                                                      

“CEO” PackageBusiness Leadership – BOH4M;  English  – ENG4U;  International Business – BBB4M

One Elective chosen from:    Functions – MHF4U,  Writer’s Craft – EWC4U, or  Media Studies – IDC4U

“Global Connections” Package:  Business Leadership – BOH4M;  English  – ENG4U;  Philosophy  – HZT4U

One Elective chosen from:   Functions – MHF4U, Writer’s Craft – EWC4U, or Media Studies – IDC4U