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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 2022's intake has been cancelled due to CoVid19 disruptions. There is talk with BCIT to allow a few students into the regular Trades Discovery Program for September 2022 intake (ends in mid-December) - but this is still in the works. If this interests you, please email Doug MacLean (

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)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828