Co-op/ Business/ Guidance/Doggie Day Care
Department Head - Maryanne Basso
Doggie Day Care
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Under One Woof - It's a Paw Thing
West Credit is excited to offer to our students a 4 credit program in a dog daycare setting where students earn a business credit (Managing a Small Business) and 3 Co-operative education credits. Some students will be eligible for a dual credit program with Sheridan College where they can work towards a diploma in Animal Care!
We spend 2 days a week learning about business and dog theory and 3 days taking care of the dogs and the dog business. Students experience a range of jobs, including Inventory Manager, Facilities Manager, Director of Marketing and Human Resources Manager. These experiences give students many transferable skills which they can use to ultimately find work in the field of animal care – working in a daycare, in a veterinary clinic, with a groomer or even a pet store. Students may even decide to exercise their entrepreneurial skills and take up dog walking!
Students are exposed to a range of guest speakers who work with animals – we call this part of the program Jobs with Dogs and Dogs with Jobs! Recently we learned all about working for the Humane Society investigating cruelty to animals and about working with scent detection dogs to locate bed bugs. We learned a lot and discovered there was lots more we wanted to learn.
We have had a field trip day to an off leash dog park and look forward to spending another day in a local dog daycare facility to compare notes! We will be attending the Royal Winter Fair this November to meet lots of interesting people and watch some of the most amazing dogs perform in a show. This will help us prepare for the students final evaluation – performing with their home dog in a show for staff, students, parents and other interested guests.
Join us December 7 at School Council where we will talk about the program and you can meet students presently enrolled. See you there!
Please contact Donna Foulkes or Paulette Leveris at ext. 484 for further information.
Students attending WCSS are encouraged to take courses in Business Studies to better prepare
them for the skilled trades, employment or post secondary education.
An understanding of computer software applications, marketing, retail and
business management will provide a significant foundation for students entering into the world of work.
All students accepted into the Specialist High Skills Major Program are required to complete the grade 11 Marketing course.
The Business Department also features a Yearbook Course which exposes students to media and graphic design.
Students in the Yearbook Course proudly produce WCSS's annual yearbook.
Business Courses Available
Business Information Gr. 9, 10
IT Applications in Business Gr. 11
Introduction to Retail Services Marketing Gr. 11
Yearbook Gr. 11
Managing a Small Business Gr. 12