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Jump start your future at Rick Hansen Secondary School


 

Explore High Skills (EHS) is a Peel District School Board pathway program that allows secondary schools with Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs to offer a unique program choice for grade 9 and 10 students. Rick Hansen Secondary School's EHS programs will focus in hospitality and tourism, and manufac​turing.​


 

To learn more about our EHS programs, visit our hospitality and tourism​ sector and/or manufacturing​ sector​.​

 

Explore High Skills is a Peel District School Board pathway program that allows secondary schools with Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs to offer a unique specialized program choice for grade 9 and 10 students. 


 

These sector-related programs are available to students in all skill levels and in all pathways. Specialized programs in grade 9 provide unique learning experiences to engage students as they transition to high school. Students can focus their learning on an area of interest as they build self-confidence, learn essential skills, and develop a sense of belonging in school and in the community.

 

Explore High Skills programs reflect the following areas of teaching and learning:

Curriculum connections

Sector-related learning activities allow students to make direct connections between their classroom learning, career exploration, pathway plans and the workplace.

 

Development of Learning Skills and the Individual Pathway Plan (IPP)

The development of Ministry of Education Learning Skills (responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self-regulation) help students set short- and

long-term goals in planning for their future.

 

Experiential learning and certifications

To prepare for learning and working in the sector, students participate in related community involvement and experiential learning, and earn sector-recognized certifications.


Explore High Skills students will participate in:

  • focused learning activities related to the sector that allow students to make connections between their learning and their pathway plans
  • community involvement ​where students participate in 20 hours of approved, sector-related volunteer activities that count towards their high school diploma
  • learning Skills development with specific connections made to skills required in the workplace
  • certification and training in grade 9 or 10 that is sector-recognized in the workplace
  • an experiential learning activity in grade 9 or 10, supported by business, community, and/or industry partners
  • Individual Pathway Plan (IPP) development in myBlueprint, including post-secondary planning, career exploration, resume building and more

Students can apply to EHS programs during the course selection period using their myBlueprint account.

 

Rick Hansen Secondary School has two 'Explore High Skills' programs: Hospitality and Manufacturing

 

Hospitality

At Rick Hansen Secondary School students will participate in focussed learning activities that will enhance their knowledge and skills related to the Hospitality sector. Students will register in a grade 9 and 10 course and participate in career exploration projects, participate in a guest speaker series, conduct industry representative interviews while developing their personal and professional knowledge and skills.

 

LearningSkills development

  • Responsibility
  • Initiative
  • Collaboration 

The development of these learning skills is relevant to the Hospitality sector as they will allow students to apply the essential skills required by industry. Skills development in these areas is important as students prepare themselves for an opportunity in a Co-operative education placement, apprenticeship or Dual Credit opportunities.

 

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning activities supported by business, community, and industry partners may include job shadowing and job twinning opportunities alongside Co-op students, field trips to community colleges and universities, visiting apprenticeship fairs to explore opportunities in the trades. A sector-recognized certification program 'Smart Serve' is provided.

 

 

 

Manufacturing

At Rick Hansen Secondary School students will participate in focussed learning activities that will enhance their knowledge and skills related to the Manufacturing sector. Students will register in a grade 9 and 10 course and participate in career exploration projects, participate in a guest speaker series, conduct industry representative interviews while developing their personal and professional knowledge and skills.

 

Learning Skills development

  • Responsibility
  • Initiative
  • Collaboration

The development of these learning skills is relevant to the Manufacturing sector as they will allow students to apply the essential skills required by industry. Skills development in these areas is important as students prepare themselves for an opportunity in a Co-operative education placement, apprenticeship or Dual Credit opportunities.

 

 

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning activities supported by business, community, and industry partners may include job shadowing and job twinning opportunities alongside Co-op students, field trips to community colleges and universities, visiting apprenticeship fairs to explore opportunities in the trades. A sector-recognized certification program CPR is provided.

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