Experiential learning provides our high school students with a number of beneficial opportunities.
Click the link below for the Co-op Information Flyer:
Job Shadowing allows a student to spend time observing a worker in a specific occupation (i.e. Take Your Kid To Work Day)
Job Twinning allows a student to observe a co-operative education student in his or her placement.
Co-operative Education (Co-op) courses combine classroom learning with planned work experience within the local community.
Benefits of Job Shadowing, Job Twinning and Co-op
School College Work Initiative (SCWI)
The goal of the program is to increase opportunities for student success, secondary and post-secondary structure:
View the latest updates, course codes and applications below for more information and to experience one of these exciting programs:
The Grand River Region School Within a College (SWAC)
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
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:
Benefits of OYAP
Gain a head start towards a chosen career.
Applying for the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program could be the first step in beginning a rewarding career in the skilled trades.
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:
A Construction SHSM will provide students with an assortment of the following TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS specific to the Construction sector: