The Grand River Region School Within a College (SWAC)
A partnership among Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, Grand Erie District School Board, Conestoga College, Brantford, Fanshawe College, Simcoe and Mohawk College, Ohsweken
Attend full days in a college setting
Engage in a dual credit or apprenticeship based on your pathway choice.
Students participate in a class together, taking the entire program as a group with one secondary teacher as your primary contact
Taught by college professors and Secondary teachers.
The college staff takes the lead and the secondary teacher supports the program in a wide variety of ways including Student Success.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
OYAP Informational Flyer
OYAP enables full-time students who are 16 years of age or older with at least 16 credits to meet diploma requirements while participating in an occupation that requires on-the-job training.
The OYAP program is designed to increase the number of secondary students interested in exploring the trades and prepares them to successfully pursue careers in the trades. Students in Grades 11 or 12 can gain training, through a cooperative education program, in an apprenticeship trade of interest.
To be eligible for OYAP, students must:
be enrolled full-time in secondary school
be working towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
be enrolled in a cooperative education program with a placement in an apprenticeship trade
Increase opportunities for post-secondary training and employment
Earn work experience hours in addition to secondary school credits
Develop general and specialized job skills
Understand employer expectations
Applying for the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program could be the first step in beginning a rewarding career in the skilled trades.
OYAP is both a demanding and smart choice if you wish to jump-start your career. Jobs in the skilled trades pay well and challenge your intellect and creativity.
Apprenticeships are often the first step in a career path that can lead to supervisory, administrative or management positions, or to a self-employed business career.
Students who participate in OYAP will be trained in a specific set of skills leading to a registered apprenticeship program and will be able to obtain apprenticeship hours and high school credits at the same time.
Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
Grand Erie District School Board, in conjunction with Ontario Ministry of Education, offers Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) to students in secondary schools.
High school students enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major are required to complete a bundle of classroom courses, workplace experiences and sector certifications to receive a special designation, also known as the red seal, on their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Currently, 13 Grand Erie high schools offer 35 Specialist High Skills Major Programs in 10 different economic sectors:
The SHSMs can prepare students for either apprenticeships, college, university or the workforce. Speak with your Principal to learn more about the program offered at your school or another school of choice.
Below are a few Specialist High Skills Majors that McKinnon Park has to offer.
With a Construction Specialist High Skills Major, students focus on a career path to match their skills and interests in this sector. By making courses more relevant to students, kids get a better understanding of the Construction sector because they learn it in a real world environment. Students learn on the job with employers through Co-op and Experiential Learning opportunities, as well as in school. At graduation they receive a specially designated diploma.
A Construction SHSM may be for you if you are interested in any of the following careers:
Brick and Stone Mason
Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor
Painter and Decorator
Architectural Design Technician/Technologist
Civil Engineering Technologist
Contractor and Supervisor, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications
Residential Home Builder or Renovator
Construction Trades Helper and Labourer
Helper - Construction Trades
A Construction SHSM will provide students with an assortment of the following TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS specific to the Construction sector:
Standard First Aid
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation CPR - Level A
Health and Safety - Basic
Confined Space Awareness
Elevating Work Platforms
Lift Truck Safety
Hoisting and Rigging
Propane in Construction
Suspended Access Equipment
Insulated Concrete Forming
Personal Protective Equipment in Construction
A Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM may be for you if you are interested in any of the following careers:
Small Engine Technician
Golf Course Technician
Parks Operations Manager
Tree Service Technician
Urban Forestry and Park Technician
Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Contractors
Lawn and Garden Retail Salesperson
A Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM will provide students with an assortment of the following TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS specific to the Horticulture and Landscaping sector:
Standard First Aid
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation CPR - Level A
Edging and Trimming
Grading and Drainage
Grading and Sodding
Lawn Mower Use and Safety
With a Hospitality and Tourism Specialist High Skills Major, students focus on a career path to match their skills and interests in this sector. By making courses more relevant to students, kids get a better understanding of the Hospitality and Tourism sector because they learn it in a real world environment. Students learn on the job with employers through Co-op and Experiential Learning opportunities, as well as in school. At graduation they receive a specially designated diploma.
A Hospitality and Tourism SHSM may be for you if you are interested in any of the following careers:
Butcher and Meat Cuter
Special Events Coordinator
Accommodation Service Manager
Conference and Event Planner
Food Service Supervisor
Restaurant and Food Service Manager
Tourism Information Officer
Public and Environmental Health Officer
Public Relations and Communications
Food and Beverage Server
Food Counter Attendant and Kitchener Helper
Hotel/Front Desk Clerk
Purser and Flight Attendant
Receptionist and Front Desk Clerk
Sales Representative - Wine, Food, Wholesale
Tour and Travel Guide
Tourist Information Clerk
A Hospitality and Tourism SHSM will provide students with an assortment of the following TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS specific to the Hospitality and Tourism sector: