Career Programs 

Career Programs are designed to help students gain learning, certifications and experiences through a variety of means to help them further their career and educational goals.

The Coquitlam School District offers the following:

  • ACE IT (Trades) Programs
    These 13 programs offer students an opportunity to gain their level 1 technical training in a specific trade. Detailed information can be viewed in the ACE IT link below, or for a quick overview of all the programs see: Trades Summary
  • Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA)
    Students who have a paying job in a trade might be able to gain high school graduation credits while working. These worked hours can also count towards that trade's certification.
  • Unique Learning Opportunities
    Many students do the majority of their learning in a traditional high school setting, but there are numerous post secondary courses or programs that can be taken while students are still in grade 12.
  • Work Experience 12
    All our high schools, and online, offer this unique course that places a student with a company in the community for 90 hours to experience what that job or related career might be like. It is wonderful opportunity to experience first hand learning.
  • Certifications
    The school district has made community connections in helping students gain some industry recognized certifications at a reduced cost. Besides a great life-long skill, these certifications also look good on a resume when applying for certain jobs. 
  • Post Secondary Transition Programs
    SD43 has partnered with SFU, Douglas College, and BCIT to create articulation agreements that give students access to "reserved seats" and "advanced course placement" in some areas of study.

Each of the high schools has a Career Resource Facilitator (CRF) who is very familiar with all the Career Programs. They are valuable resources who encourage students to visits their centres to discuss future educational and career goals. The links to each of the CRF's individual school sites are list to the right.


Contact Information


Doug MacLean
Trades & Transitions Coordinator
c : 604-341-8977
p : 604-937-6417
e :

Brett McLean
SSA Facilitator & Work Exp Teacher
c : 604-312-7739
e :

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1100 Winslow Avenue
Coquitlam, BC  V3J 2G3

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