For Educators

By , May 2, 2009

The university Arts & Science pathway

  • Is an option for all youth with many paths to success
  • Provides a seamless transition from secondary school to post-secondary
  • Secondary and post secondary educators, parents, and the entire community all are designers and partners preparing youth for independence, personal success, and financial stability.

The trades/technology pathway

  • Is an option for all youth with many paths to success, not a lesser path for non-college bound students
  • Makes education real and relevant for hands-on learners and helps youth achieve higher academic standards
  • Provides them with interesting work experiences which develop employability skills
  • Is linked through strong school and business commitments
  • Secondary and post secondary educators, industry, parents, and the entire community all are designers and partners preparing youth for independence, personal success, and financial stability.

Skill set for success:

What employers are looking for in the trades / technology pathway:

  • Mathematical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Scientific literacy
  • Technical literacy
  • Safety skills
  • Environmental ethics
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Attitude and work ethic

Check our About Us page to find out what is Northern Opportunities.

How does it work?

Students normally enter a Northern Opportunities program at the beginning of Grade 11 or 12, spend one to two years enrolled in the trades and technology pathway and graduate with

  • A high school diploma
  • Up to Level 2 trades technical training
  • Work experience
  • Enhanced employability skills

It’s a definite advantage for students to combine a Secondary School Apprenticeship with their program – enabling them to earn credits, apprenticeship time, and money all while still in high school!
Articulation agreements between the program partners enable students to receive “dual credits” – both high school and college credits – and begin college programs while still in high school

  • Credits can be accumulated through courses taken at the high school, college campus or in some cases even on industry training sites
  • Students participating in Northern Opportunities will have their courses and grades recorded in the college student record system and at their high school
  • Students who continue with their college program after graduation will have courses credited towards their chosen program of study as appropriate
  • Most programs require one to two semesters at Northern Lights College or BCIT.

Check the above drop down box to find more about the programs, where they are offered, dual credits, and how it fits the graduation program.

Career Planning Links

https://www.workbc.ca/Pages/WorkBC-Tools.aspx

http://www.educationplanner.ca/

 

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