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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Career & Trades Programs


​​Career & Trades 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.

Below is a listing of the opportunities open to Coquitlam SD43 students:

​​TRAIN in Trades
​T​he district offers an amazing, tuition-free, opportunity for students to gain level 1 technical training in one of 19 trades programs. More detailed information can be viewed by pressing the "TRAIN in Trades" link or image. For a quick overview of all the Career programs (TRAIN, WORK and EXPLORE) see: Career Summary
​​WORK in Trades 
Students who have a paid job in a trade may be able to gain high school graduation cre​dits while working. These worked hours will also count towards that trade's certification.
​EXPLORE the Trades 
Students who are interested in the trades, but not sure of what specific trade might find it helpful to try one of the "sampling" options that are offered to them. More detailed information can be viewed by pressing the "EXPLORE in Trades" link or image.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in policing or firefighting, our district has partnered with the RCMP and the Coquitlam Fire/Rescue to offer three amazing opportunities to experience some of what that career path might look like.  
​​Work Experience 12
All our high schools, including COL (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.
The school district has made community connections in helping students gain some industry recognized certifications, like Occupational First Aid and Forklift Training, 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 & Courses
SD43 has partnered with SFU, Douglas College and Emily Carr to create opportunities for students to gain post secondary credits while still in grade 11 and 12.


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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

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