Career Life Education is a key part of each student’s education at EMCS. Students study Careers in a blended format in all four of their 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 are part of the graduation program requirements. This course is studied in a blended format – they meet with their Teachers, learn about Career-Life Education throughout their core classes, and occasionally meet one on one with their Careers Teacher.  Click on the course names below to find out more about each course.

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

• Completion of Careers 10 to 12 course requirements (8 credits) mandatory for graduation
• Work experience placements and career exploration opportunities
• SSA –Secondary School Apprenticeship opportunities
• SIP- South Island School District Partnership opportunities
• TEAC 105 is a course that introduces careers and basic skills in electronics, computer sciences, civil and mechanical engineering. This course is offered Friday afternoons at Interurban Camosun College campus.
• Resume building
• Coaching on basic employability skills, such as cover letters, dress, work ethic, and interview skills.
• Career Information for parents and community

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 day shadows to 30 hours.
• 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 labor 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 (in 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 (assemblies, small groups, and face to face connections with a Careers Teacher).  The course work is offered on-line through Google Classroom, and My Blueprint.  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


Work Experience

For those students with a paid part-time job or summer position, credit may be given for the hours worked if the student is employed in a field they plan to continue in after high school. Students can receive work experience hours through a standard work site, non-profit or volunteer organization, job shadowing, career mentoring, or hands-on work experience at a non-standard work site like a school district wood lot or garden. A total of 100 hours of work experience is required for the work experience credit. These hours can be logged over a one-year period. Students must complete a written assignment as part of the course requirements. This is a completion-based course and all criteria must be met to receive credit for the course. Students who have completed the WEX-12A course are eligible to continue with the WEX-12B course. Students are required to complete a written assignment, and 100 hours of logged time. Students may be able to use their hours from a paid part time position or have the work experience staff find a school approved work placement. This course is structured to help students explore career options. Click on the course names below to find out more about each course.

Prerequisite: Completion of Career Life Education

Students who have completed the WEX-12A course are eligible to continue with the WEX-12B course. Students are required to complete a written assignment, and 120 hours of logged time. Students may be able to use their hours from a paid part time position or have the work experience staff find a school approved work placement. This course is structured to help students explore career options.

CREDIT: 4   TYPE: Extra Credit / Outside Timetable   GRADE: 12


Youth Work in Trades (formerly known as Secondary School Apprenticeship SSA)

Are you working in a trade?  Are you working with a qualified tradesperson?  You could be eligible for 16 high school credits.  The Youth Work in Trades Program (formerly known as Secondary School Apprenticeship) allows students to receive high school credits for paid workplace-based training.  Four credits are earned for every 120 hours for a total of 16 credits (480 hours).  Students participating in the Youth Work in Trades program are registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) as apprentices and obtain “time in trade” hours that count towards the completion of the on-the-job portion of an Industry Training Program.

Youth Work in Trades students who carry on working in the trades can also qualify for a $1000 award.

Registered Youth Work in Trades students who have completed a minimum of 480 work-based training hours may be able to enroll in Camosun College Level 1 technical training through Youth Train in Trades (formerly known as ACE IT) which will pay for the tuition and earn students more graduation credits!  Camosun College offers technical training for the following trades:  Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry, Cook, Electrical, Joinery, Heavy Mechanical Trades, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic, Plumbing & Piping, Metal Fabrication, Sheet Metal and Welding.

Please contact the Career Centre staff for more information and an application package.


Exploration in Technology (TEAC 105)-Taste of engineering (4 credits) SIP program

The Exploration in the Technology (TEAC 105) course is offered by Camosun College and is open to Grade 10, 11 and 12 students who are interested in exploring a variety of engineering and technology areas. Students will be introduced to careers and basic skills in the following areas: Computer Science, Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering.

Students must apply by completing a South Island Partnership (SIP) application. Classes take place at Camosun College Interurban Campus – Technology Building and run for 13 weeks on Fridays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Please contact the Career Centre for more information.

Camosun College Partnership Programs – SIP

Are you interested in?


  •  Automotive Service Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Cook
  • Electrical
  • Heavy Metal Trades
  • Horticulture
  • Joinery/Cabinet Making
  • Metal Fabrication & Sheet Metal
  • Plumbing & Piping
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Welding
Community Support

  •  Community Support & Education Assistant
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Legal Office Assistant
  • Indigenous Family Support


  •  Technologies Exploration (TEAC)
  • Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology – Renewable Resources
  • Computer Network Electronics Technician
  • Information & Computer Systems


All these programs take place at Camosun College and range from 16-32 High School credits depending on the program. Grade 10 and Grade 11 is the ideal time to plan for a Partnership Program so that prerequisites for the program and credits for graduation are met. A non-refundable fee is required for registration into these programs. Most students attend Camosun College in one semester of their Grade 12 year. See the Career Centre for more information and an application package.
For more information see Ms. Cossentine in the Career Centre or check out the following links: