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Heritage Woods Secondary School
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Career Development Program
This course takes students out of the classroom and into the workplace, offering a chance to gain experience in a specific field. This non-traditional classroom also allows students to try out their career choice before dedicating years to post-secondary education. Work Experience 12 consists of 120 hours of instruction: 30 hours of classroom material (about 20
classes) followed by 90 hours of paid or non-paid work experience in the community. Thus, it requires the same number of hours as any other course but breaks them down in a unique manner. The hours worked in the community will also satisfy the work experience requirement for the Graduation Transitions Program. Employment Focus Areas: Business, Fine Arts, Health & Human Services, Liberal Arts, Journalism, Science, Tourism, & Trades.

This course consists entirely of 120 hours of work experience. You will meet a few times throughout the year with your instructor to make sure that you are on track, but otherwise the entire 120 hours of the course is conducted in the community. Pre-requisite: Work Experience 12A

Are you going into grade 12 and ready to move on from school but still need course credit to graduate? Do you know what field you want to work in but are unsure of what specific job you want? For example, you want to work in the hours of volunteer or employment time by the end of June. This is an awesome opportunity for students to gain exposure to the real world of work and to experience one or many careers. The work placements that students find must provide a meaningful experience that exposes them to their field of interest. Students wishing to sign up for the Intensive Work Experience Program need to speak with their counsellor or the program coordinator.

Transition Programs: “Youth TRAIN in Trades” Program
(formerly ACE-IT)
Trades Training is for current high school students who want to gain their level 1 technical certification in one of 18 trades offered by our district. All the Trades Training programs are tuition free! Students who are in the program will receive triple credits: grade 12 high school credits, post secondary credits and industry/trade certification. Gleneagle Secondary runs one of the Trades Training programs: Professional Cook. For a listing, and more information on all 18 Trades Training and other district programs visit See your counsellor or go to, click “Programs and Curriculum”, then “Transition Programs” for more information.

SSA is designed for high school students who have, or are ready to look for a full or part-time job in a trades field that hires apprentices: construction, cooking, mechanic, hairdressing, electrical, plumbing, etc. The SSA program lets you earn up to 16 credits toward graduation; each 120 hours worked gives 4 credits of high school credit. The employer completes an evaluation of you and a letter grade is assigned, as in a regular classroom subject. At the same time, your work hours will count towards completion of the “on-the-job” training component of the Industry Training Program. You may also qualify for a $1,000 Secondary School Apprenticeship scholarship if you continue to work in the field six months after graduation. You can even get credit for work done over the summer break. If you think you are working in or toward an apprenticeable trade, please talk to your counsellor or the program coordinator as soon as possible

Heritage Woods Secondary School

1300 David Avenue, Port Moody BC
V3H 5K6
604-461-8679 604-937-8055
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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