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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

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.

Career Pathways Exploration Programs

Co-op coop_logo (1)

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.

Dual Credit dualcredit_logo (1)

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) OYAP_Logo_black

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) shsm_black

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.

To learn more about our comprehensive Career/Life Planning programming K-12+, check out our Pathways Website.