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Career Education is a key part of each student’s education at EMCS. Students study Careers in a blended format in all four of their high school years. Grade 9 students work primarily with their core teachers to complete assignments that help them think about their place in the world and their future. Grade 10, 11 and 12 students study a course each year, which culminates in a Capstone Project in Grade 12.  These courses are studied in a blended format – students will meet with their career’s teachers in group settings, complete careers assignments through core classes, and attend relevant assemblies and events.  All Careers courses must be completed as part of the BC Ministry of Education mandatory graduation requirements.

The Career Centre is in Student Services located in the counselling suite. The Career Education teacher and the Work Experience Coordinator and the Career Programs Coordinator can assist the students in the following areas:

  • Completion of the Capstone 12 course.
  • Work experience placements and career exploration opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Youth Trades in Training which includes high school apprenticeship opportunities
  • Camosun College South Island School District Partnership programs and courses offered to students in grades 11 and 12
  • TEAC 105 a course offered at Camosun College Friday afternoons which introduces careers and basic skills in electronics, computer sciences, civil and mechanical engineering.
  • Coaching on basic employability skills, such as resume building, cover letters, dress, work ethic, and interview skills.
  • Career Information through Career fairs, guest speakers, and field trips.

 Career Exploration/Mandatory 30 hours Work Experience

  • 30 hours of Career Exploration is mandatory for all students to meet Provincial Graduation Requirements
  • At EMCS, we encourage students to complete their 30 hours by the end of Grade 11.
  • The Career Centre will place students of good standing in work experience opportunities that may range from a day shadow session to 30 hours.
  • Volunteer hours are counted as part of the Ministry of Education 30-hour grad requirement
  • Career Exploration hours are cumulative and can be credited towards the Work Experience 12 course.

Grade 9 students will explore Careers in their academic classes. They will focus on reflecting on their preference and skills, the value of work in our communities, the importance of effort and perseverance to achieve goals, the importance of flexibility to adapt to economic and labour markets, and the importance of our personal, community and educational choices.

CREDIT: 0   TYPE: Career & Life   GRADE: 9

The BC Curriculum ensures that students learn about career-life education throughout their graduation program. Through a blended learning model (during focus academic classes, face to face group classes, face to face connection with a Careers Teacher and work online) students will learn various aspects of career education. They will be learning how to find a balance between work and personal life which includes developing a network of family, friends, and community members to support and broaden their career awareness and options. Students will also learn how to be lifelong learners who can adapt to changing career opportunities as careers, education, and life opportunities change over time.  Students will learn how to effectively career plan by considering both internal and external factors. They will discuss how the global economy affects our personal, social and economic lives and prospects.  Overall, students will learn how successful career and educational paths require planning, evaluating and adapting.

CREDIT: 4   TYPE: Career & Life   GRADE: 10

The BC Curriculum ensures that students learn about career-life education throughout their graduation program. This course is taught through a blended learning model (face to face group classes, face to face connections with a Careers Teacher, and work online). The Career-Life Connections course builds upon the skills and content of Career-Life Education 10.  In Career-Life Connections, students will be working on career-life development including ongoing cycles of exploring, planning, reflecting, adapting and deciding. Students will learn and discuss internal and external factors (including local and global trends) that will influence their career-life decisions including how they represent themselves in personal and public profiles. Students will engage in networks and reciprocal relationships including having a mentor that will help guide and broaden their career-life awareness and options.   Student will continue to continue to learn about career-life balance support and well-being. Along with the course content, Career-Life Connections requires students to create and present a Capstone project in their Grade 12 year.

CREDIT: 2   TYPE: Career & Life   GRADE: 11

All Grade 12 students will be required to present a Capstone project as a Ministry of Education graduation requirement. The Capstone project is an opportunity for students to showcase their strengths, passions, academic and emotional growth, and post-secondary aspirations.  Students throughout their high school years will have prepared for the Capstone project by collecting meaningful evidence stored in a portfolio on my Blueprint.  Students will have worked with a mentor selected in Grade 10. The role of the mentor will have been to engage in ongoing career-life development conversations. Students are encouraged to build connections with community networks through work-related opportunities, job shadowing, or volunteer arrangements.  The Capstone project’s final grade will be based on a 12 to 15-minute presentation.  Students will be marked on how well they have met the Ministry of Education’s Core Competencies.  The Capstone Project must be presented in a clear, logical well-rehearsed format with a supporting visual product. There needs to be evidence of critical and creative thinking, importance of personal awareness and responsibility, and growth in the area of positive, personal identity. The Capstone presentation is an opportunity for students to reflect and share their personal interests and strengths.

CREDIT: 2   TYPE: Career & Life   GRADE: 12