Career Programs Work ExperienceAlpha’s Career Centre provides Work Experience opportunitiesfor Grade 11 and Grade 12 students and links this experienceto a chosen career. Students choose between 30 and 90 Houroptions. The 90 Hours option is an elective course whichprovides students with 4 course credits.The difference between 30 and 90 Hour options are listedbelow. 30 Hours option: A compulsory graduation requirement, students can receive credit for paid work or volunteer work. Students sometimes have difficulty finding volunteer work and can receive work experience arranged by a Career Advisor.
90 Hours Option: This is an elective course worth 4 credits, volunteerwork only and students must choose a focus area.Students complete 90 Hours of work experience intheir Grade 11 and 12 year which is split into two 45hour placements and students complete anEmployability Skills Profile assignment. The 90 hoursof Work Experience Program satisfies the 30 Hoursgraduation requirement.
Career Programs – Focus AreasBusiness and Applied Business – XAFine Arts, Design and Media – XBFitness and Recreation – XCHealth and Human Services – XDLiberal Arts – XESciences – XFTourism – XGTrades - XH
Sample Occupation Options Matched to Focus AreasBusiness & Applied Business – XA Sciences & Applied Sciences – XF• Accountant, secretary, banker, stockbroker, • Engineer, architect, physicist, chemist, realtor, insurance agent, hairdresser, cosmetician biologist, environmentalist, meteorologist,Fine Arts, Design & Media – XB geologist, mathematician, computer• programmer, aviation pilot, air traffic controller, Artist, photographer, actor, set designer, film aviation mechanic director, musician, choreographer, interior designer, animator, game developer, web page designer, graphic artist, fashion designer Tourism, Hospitality & Foods - XG • Tourism information counsellor, hotelFitness & Recreation – XC manager, concierge, server, chef, baker,• Athlete, coach, referee, trainer, community bartender, catering company owner/manager, recreation coordinator flight attendant, tour guide, campgroundHealth & Human Services - XD operator, hunting and fishing guide• Doctor, nurse, paramedic, pharmacist, veterinarian, optometrist, chiropractor, dentist, Trades & Technology – XH dental assistant, dieticians, physiotherapists, • Plumber, carpenter, cabinet maker, roofer, medical/dental lab technicians, teacher, contractor, insulator, electrician, security/alarm counsellor, psychologist, firefighter, lawyer, installer, aircraft maintenance engineer, police officer, security guard machinist, welder, communications repair technician, heavy equipment operator/mechanic,Liberal Arts & Humanities – XE motor vehicle mechanic, auto body repair and• Anthropologist, sociologist, archaeologist, refinisher historian, geographer, journalist, archivist, librarian, linguist, government public service
Semester??• Students with a Work Experience block in the second semester MUST meet with a Career Advisor in the first week of November to complete his/her first placement.• DO NOT wait until January to complete 90 hours of Work Experience!!• The Career Centre will emphasize creating placements once or twice a week for multiple weeks in order to minimize class disruption.
Advantages of Work Experience ProgramsWork experience provides students a chance to learn about specific choices.Students make valuable career contacts that assist with planning his/her career or gaining insight entry into a chosen field of employment in the future.Work Experience supervisors provide an evaluation. Reference that can be added to a student’s resume.There is a strong possibility that the work experience site will offer a student future paid employment.
For more information about Career Programs, ACE – IT and SSA programs, please visit our Burnaby District’s website – http://sd41.bc.ca/programs/career/
ACE – IT / Industry Connect / Industry Certification / SSA ACE IT is an industry training program for high school students. Through an ACE ITprogram, you can take courses that will give you both high school graduationcredits and a head start towards completion of an apprenticeship program. ACE IT programs are developed and offered as partnerships between schooldistricts ad post-secondary institutions, and classes are often taught at colleges. Once you successfully complete an ACE IT program you’ll get credit for at leastlevel one of the technical training ( in-class) component of your Industry trainingProgram. And through work experience placements that are usually part of theprogram, you’ll get credit towards the on-the-job component of your training aswell. Or, enrol in both ACE – IT and the Secondary School Apprenticeship programand you’ll be well on your way to completing your first year of post-secondaryeducation by the time you graduate from high school.
Ace-it and Industry Certification ProgramsProgram Location LengthAuto Collision Repair Vancouver Community College October-June,Technician Monday-ThursdayAuto Collision Refinishing & Vancouver Community College February-June,Prep Technician Monday-ThursdayAuto Service Technician Cariboo Hill Day 1Cabinet Making Byrne Creek Afternoons, Monday-ThursdayCarpentry Cariboo Hill Day 1Construction Electrician Burnaby Mountain Day 1Cooks Training Burnaby Central Afternoons, Monday-ThursdayHairdressing (2 year program) Alpha Year 1 – day 1 Year 2 – day 2Plumbing Piping Industry Apprenticeship Branch June-AugustSteel Fabrication BCIT February-JulyWarehouse Person Douglas College February-May
Industry Certification ProgramsProgram Location LengthComputer Support Burnaby South Day 1Technician (CISCONetworking Academy)Fitness Instructor (1 or 2 Alpha Mornings only:year program) 1 year program–day 1 & 2 2 year program - Year 1 – day 1 Year 2 – day 2Hospitality Management Burnaby Mountain Day 1
Industry ConnectProgram Location LengthDigital Sound Production Burnaby North Day 1 – afternoons 12:30-4:15pmFilm & Broadcast Burnaby North Day 1 – afternoons 12:30-4:15pmGraphics/Media Arts Byrne Creek Afternoons: Monday, Wednesday, ThursdayTheatre Technician Byrne Creek Afternoons: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Industry Connect Options:Film and BroadcastingGraphic/Media Arts
Industry Certification Options:Computer Support OptionsFitness LeadershipHospitality Management
Alpha’s Apprenticeship Program The secondary School Apprentice ship Program (SSA)provides Grade 10, 11, and 12 students with atremendous opportunity to receive a minimum of 480hours of paid, on-the-job training. An apprenticeshipinvolves a formal agreement between a student, theIndustry Training Authority (ITA) and an employer/unionwhereby the student learns current skills and knowledgeassociated with a trade or occupation under thesupervision of a qualified journey person.
Please check the School District’s website for the latest in Programs of Choice offerings at www.sd41.bc.ca