At Craig Kielburger, we pride ourselves on the wide range of experiential opportunities we make available to our students. These opportunities include programs that run over the school year within the Halton Board, those that take place outside of Halton, and still others that run over the March Break or in the summertime. While many of these programs are advertised through our morning announcements, we encourage students to drop in anytime to meet with a counsellor or spend some time researching these programs using our library of information packages.
The following links should be useful as a starting place for students who are looking for the opportunity to explore a particular career area of interest through a specialized program, participate in an academic or recreational summer program, or explore another part of the world by doing an exchange.
HDSB Experiential Programs:
The Halton Public and Catholic School Boards have developed a coterminus relationship which allows them to offer students in both systems a broad range of exciting experiential programs. Students may register for a program at their home school, or at another school, if it is not offered at the home school. All of these programs can be explored in greater detail at www.haltonpathways.ca. These programs have been divided into four key categories:
Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programs
These programs typically run over 1-2 academic years (Gr. 11 & Gr. 12) and require that students complete a bundle of 8-10 courses, along with a variety of relevant certifications to earn the Specialist High Skills Major designation in a particular career area. At the conclusion of the program, students will receive a high school diploma that indicates that they have earned this designation. Specialist High Skills Major programs offered at CKSS are: Arts & Culture, Business, Green Industries (Horticulture and Landscaping), Hospitality, Information and Communications Technology and Transportation (Auto Mechanics and Auto Body). Please go to www.haltonpathways.ca to view all SHSM programs and details.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program helps students prepare for apprenticeship by combining technology courses with a coop placement to help them gain the knowledge, skills and work experience necessary to begin an apprenticeship.
CKSS offers an OYAP in Hairstyling.
Listed below are the sectors of OYAP, including the related programs offered in the Halton Region:
Construction Sector: Carpenter, Cabinet Maker, Industrial Woodworker, Electrician Construction and Maintenance, Landscaper, Greenskeeper, Horticulturalist
Industrial Sector: Industrial Mechanic, Millwright, Machinist, Tool & Die Maker, Welder, Welder Fitter Motive
Power Sector: Autobody and Collision Damage Repair, Automotive Painter, Automotive Technician, Small Engine Mechanic
Service Sector: Chef, Baker, Pattisier, Early Childhood Educator, Child and Youth Worker, Hairstylist, Information Technology Technician
Please go to www.haltonpathways.ca to view all OYAP programs and details.
Career Exploration Programs
These include experiential programs that provide students with the opportunity to explore a variety of different career areas of interest. These include the Cooperative Education Program, & Take Our Kids To Work Day.
Specialty School to Career Programs
There are specialized programs in Halton that provide students with unique opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a very specific career-related field. These include the Canadian Forces Coop, and more to come!
Any student interested in learning more about the above programs, or beginning the application process, should should click on THIS LINK for more information.
International & Gap Year Programs:
The following sites include a variety of organizations that offer summer and academic-year exchange programs to high school students.
The following sites include links to special summer programs that may be of interest of students.