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Guidance and Career Education Program Information


Guidance and Career Education program goals for students include:

  • understanding the concepts related to lifelong learning, interpersonal relationships (including responsible citizenship) and career planning.
  • developing learning skills, social skills, a sense of social responsibility, and the ability to formulate and pursue educational and career goals.
  • applying learning to their lives and work in the school and community.

The goals are organized into three areas of knowledge and skills: student development, interpersonal development and career development. The comprehensive school guidance and career education program reflects the interconnectedness of these three areas through an inquirybased approach to teaching and learning.


The key features of the program are:

  • competencies for Grade 9 to 12 students.
  • a compulsory half credit course in Career Studies.
  • optional courses in Designing Your Future, Discovering the Workplace, Leadership and Peer Support, Navigating the Workplace, and Learning Strategies (availability varies, see individual school offerings).
  • preparation of an annual education plan.
  • individual assistance and short-term counselling.
  • a range of experiential learning activities, e.g., job shadowing, work experience and co-operative education.

Co-operative Education Programs


A co-operative education program is based on a related course (or courses) from an Ontario curriculum policy document or on a Ministry-approved locally developed course in which the student is enrolled or has successfully completed. All schools offer co-operative education. Two

co-op credits can be counted toward the 18 compulsory credits.


Co-operative education courses include a classroom component, pre-placement and integration activities, and a placement component. Students earn co-operative

education credits by integrating classroom theory with planned learning experiences in the community based on curriculum expectations of the related course(s). Placements

provide students with the opportunity to refine, extend, apply and practice theories learned in courses with on-the-job experiences.


For each student, there is a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP) including a description of the curricular knowledge and skills and the employability

skills the student will demonstrate at the placement.


Any student who chooses a co-op placement in an apprenticeable trade is considered to be an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) student ‘participant’.

A student who ‘participates’ in OYAP must have a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP) that is based on the on-the-job training requirements outlined in the government approved training standard for that trade.


Training Standard competency booklets can be found at your local Ministry of Training, College and Universities (MTCU) office.


Information on specialized co-operative education programs is available in the guidance and career education office in schools, and online at www.makingmyway.ca, or www.peelschools.org in the “Student Stuff” section.


Brief descriptions are available in the Specialized Programs section of this resource.


 June 2015

At this time of year, excitement is evident everywhere as our grads prepare to move on either to university, college, apprenticeships, going directly into the work world , taking a 'gap' year and  'travelling the world' or returning to Clarkson to take more courses. There are 125 Clarkson grads going off to university and 51 to college diploma or degree programs. We are extremely proud of all our grads and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours.


Included in this year's Grade 11 student report cards is a handout for parents which provides them with important information and dates as students get ready to research programs and post-secondary options. This is a valuable resource to keep attached to the fridge for important dates such as University/College Fairs and our own Post-Secondary Pathways Fair. This information can also be found on our website.


Many of our students have already signed up for new summer school courses or are retaking a course to upgrade a mark. Due to the teachers' strike, Peel Summer School registration is open until June 26th. If a student unexpectedly fails a course, he/she can either come to our Guidance Office to register at a PDSB location or go to a walk-in registration at a Dufferin Peel Catholic summer school location that is hosting that particular class. Information about summer school can be found at www.peelsb.com (Continuing Education) for Peel District School Board locations and www.dpcdsb.org for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board.  As well, we are offering Camp I Can, a program specifically for students in Grade 9 or 10 who have failed an applied course where they spend part of the morning recovering their credit and the other half in a summer camp environment.

As always, a major focus of Student Services is positive mental well-being. Over the summer months, if there is a need for counselling or support, Tangerine Walk-In Counselling is offered in Mississauga on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Information and locations about this service can be found at their website: www.tangerinewalkin.com. Also,  emergency support can be obtained through the Peel Distress Center at 905-278-7208.


Next year, there will be some new faces in the Guidance Department. Ms. McMillan is retiring and Ms. Haddad will be joining Mr. Kinnie and Ms. Zottola. This wonderful group of counsellors are there for you to contact if you have any questions or concerns about your child.


To all Clarkson students and their families, have a safe and enjoyable summer and we look forward to seeing you in the new school year.

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