Starting September 2016, grade 9 students at Rick Hansen will have the opportunity to participate in unique learning experiences as part of their grade 9 and 10 program at high school. Students can focus 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.
Our EHS manufacturing program
At Rick Hansen, students in grade 9 and 10 will:
- explore technology courses, which provides students an opportunity to learn about different tools key to the manufacturing program
- build C02 cars and jet-pack model rockets
- specialize in the manufacturing technologies course
- build their collaboration and problem-solving skills as they build various projects
Focused Learning Activities allow students to connect classroom learning to career goals. At Rick Hansen, students will participate in:
- focused learning activities that will enhance their knowledge and skills related to the manufacturing sector
- career exploration projects
- a guest speaker series
- conduct industry representative interviews related to the manufacturing industry
- myBlueprint to create Individual Pathway Plans to establish short- and long-term future goals that support their future
Students at Rick Hansen will focus on the development of specific learning skills: responsibility, initiative and self-regulation.
These skills are 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 and Certifications
To prepare for learning and working in the sector, students participate in:
- 20 hours of sector-related community involvement that count towards their 40-hour high school diploma requirement
- experiential learning activities supported by business, community and industry partners
- 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
- sector-recognized certification programs, including CPR and First Aid, WHMIS training, and Norcat training, which are provided to support students as they prepare for future training and the workplace
Upon completion of the program, at the end of grade 10, students who have fulfilled all the requirements of the program will receive the EHS certificate and are able to continue onto the SHSM program.
For more information, contact Rick Hansen at 905-567-4260. To apply for this program, contact your grade 8 guidance counsellor or teacher.