Operating Successful Programs
Program success is dependent on these vital components:
Doing it Right
Before reaching this stage, knowing where you’re at and where you want to go is a critical first step. Take the time to:
Learn from what others are doing – many schools are finding ways to incorporate career learning into traditional education programs. Educators are taking a hands-on approach by:
- Exploring career options by visiting post-secondary institutions
- Setting up workstations in the classroom to learn new skills
- Inviting local businesses to provide training for students
- Partnering with organizations to create programs outside the classroom
Here are a few examples:
Nautical Sciences Program: Students in Grades 10 to 12 learn to fix sailboats, mend sails and operate a pleasure craft. First Aid and WHMIS certification as well as snorkeling lessons are also included.
Trades Rock: Girls at an elementary school were given pink t-shirts and an opportunity to try out power tools and equipment used in various trades.
Maker Days: Students are introduced to “making” through small group design challenges that encourage invention, prototyping and experimenting.
Desk Building: One educator taught French and Math skills by having students follow specific instructions to build their own desks for the semester.
Ask the Expert
Larry Espe, the Superintendent of Careers and Student Transitions, offers a fun and engaging presentation for administrative teams about career and skills training in B.C. He shares information about current trends and strategies that work and takes the opportunity to explore local needs and discuss ways to fill these gaps.