Specialized Secondary Programs

Along with the traditional methods of planning for post secondary destinations (Apprenticeship/College/University/Work) the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board offers alternative programs to post secondary destinations.

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) continues to be a popular program in which students start their skilled trades apprenticeship through cooperative education (COOP). To get further information click on side bar.

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), operating under the Student Success umbrella, allows students to focus their education on specific industry sectors. The Huron-Perth CDSB offers Specialist High Skills Majors in Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Construction, and Energy. The SHSM student’s secondary school Pathway consists of 5 requirements: 4 Major credits in a focus sector; 2 Coop credits relating to the focus sector; 4-6 related sector Certifications; 2-4 Experiential/Reach Ahead experiences; and use of the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) to enhance their essential skills.

School College Work Initiative (SCWI) provides a variety of activities to help both secondary and elementary teachers and students become more aware of opportunities at college. Students who might not have considered college as a first choice become better informed through their visits to the college, interaction with college students (including the apprenticeship areas) and completion of curriculum units. "Reach ahead" activities include advanced standing agreements with colleges. Students may attain both a college and secondary credit at either the secondary school or the college.

Co-operative Education (COOP) assists students bound for university, college, apprenticeship or entering the workplace in making career decisions as well as in developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential in today’s society. This program is based on a partnership between school and business which integrates classroom theory with experiences at the work site. This program allows students to strengthen employment skills, to improve qualifications for future employment and to extend the classroom experience into the community. Students wanting to register in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) must select coop in their course selections.

Technology - The Huron-Perth CDSB has modern technology facilities which are current with Industry standards. Students taking these technology courses will be better prepared for work in the skilled trades, communications and design industries. Many students choose technology courses to develop their everyday life practical skills.

Pre-apprenticeship/Focus courses (FOCUS) Along with our traditional technology courses (construction, communications, design, manufacturing, and transportation technology) pre-apprenticeship/focus courses are offered in agriculture, electrical, plumbing, sheet-metal technology in our day school and an evening program through the Technical Training Group.