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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
"EXPLORE the Trades" Programs


Skills Exploration 10-12​
This high school course provides students with learning experiences that involve the knowledge, skills, and attitudes in a number of trades and/or technology areas. It is meant as an introduction, where previous courses are a pre-requisite. 

Although individual schools can select from a number of
modules, most have tended to offer "carpentry, plumbing + electrical" as the main trades, plus either "drywall/painting" or "tiling" as an additional one. Students will also learn about safety, as well as career and educational exploration.

Presently, four schools in the district offer this 4-credit course: Dr. Charles Best, Gleneagle, Heritage Woods and Terry Fox. To participate in this class, simply select it on your course selection form.​

Trades Sampler (similar to Trades Discovery)
Unfortunately, this February 2021's intake has been cancelled due to CoVid19 disruptions last Spring that resulted in rescheduling and lower classes this school year.

This program is a larger version of the high school offering of Skills Exploration. It is taught at BCIT in semester 2 (early February to early May) where students will sample 10-12 trades, experience 3-4 technologies, and gain 3-4 certifications.

Interested students need to
apply​ for this program by November to be considered.
There will be an orientation day in early January where students will do two assessments (Math and Mechanical Reasoning) and have a tour of the campus.

About 85% of the time will be spent at the BCIT "Burnaby Campus", students will also attend the other campuses: "Marine" (North Van), "Annacis Island (Delta) and "Aerospace Technology" (Richmond).

This is a post-secondary level program; expectations​, intensity and maturity ​need to reflect this.

​Students will receive 3 courses (9 credits) at the grade 12 level, plus BCIT credits. ​

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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828