Work Experience 12 is a great course designed for grade 12 (and mature grade 11) students to explore a workplace environment to gain first hand ("real world") knowledge about a perspective career field.
One strong rationale for the course, as stated by the Ministry of Education, is that "... the community is the classroom where students gain knowledge and experience about the workplace and are provided with a frame of reference to review or revise their career goals. Work experience provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom learning in a context outside of school and to bring back to the classroom new perspectives about their learning."
The Work Experience (WEX) course is broken into two sections:
Students who complete the pre-employment and work experience components will get credit for Work Experience 12a. Students may do an additional 120 hrs of work experience (no pre-employment is needed for this) to receive an additional four credits for Work Experience 12b.
Registering for Work Experience 12a
There are two basic ways to enrol in this course:
Students who prefer to do it online can register for this course anytime during the school year.
Registration is done through Coquitlam Open Learning
They must complete the pre-employment assignments before going out for their 90 hours.