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Dual Credits

Lights, Camera, Action! Dual Programs Showcased at HCDSB!

On Monday, October 3, 2016, Halton Catholic students enrolled in the Dual Credit Program during the 2015-2016 school year were interviewed and video recorded at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School. The footage was recorded for a promotional vignette, produced by Sheridan College.

The Dual Credit Program is currently offered by local colleges to students in all of our Secondary Schools, and allows students to explore college or apprenticeship training as a post-secondary pathway. Students earn one high school credit toward their electives, in addition to one college credit.

Adrienne Bradley, Dual Credit Monitor and current St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary Teacher, as well as students from across the Halton Catholic Board were able to share their experiences in the program:

  • “The Arts Program specifically was a great opportunity for high school students to go to college and get hands-on experience, learning from the Professors, and working with the equipment they use on the same campus.” – Paolo Di Michele, Grade 12 student.
  • “The program is a really good start to the courses we are taking this year because it allowed us to become more comfortable with topics surrounding the subject of biology. There were a lot of hands-on activities and we got to teach each other.” – Daniela Luna, Grade 11 student.

 

Want to Learn More?

Parents and students interested in learning more about the Dual Credit Program and credit offerings can contact the Guidance department at their school. For more information, visit HCDSB Pathways & Student Success or the Ontario Ministry of Education’s website.

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College Dual Credits Employment OYAP Secondary Skills Ontario Trades

12 Volt News recognizes the hard work in building the Bishop Reding Spirit Car!

Project Eclipse has been recognized by Michael Van Horn, CEO of the United States company 12volt.com. 12 Volt specializes in vehicle customization and electronics and has been following the progress of the Bishop Reding Spirit Car.

For the full article click here.

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Featured SHSM

New SHSM Programs for 2015-2016

The Halton Catholic DSB is excited to introduce three new Specialists High Skills Major Programs for the 2015-2016 academic year.

You will find the brand new SHSM Programs at the following Catholic secondary schools:

Not For Profit SHSM at Assumption high school

Sports SHSM at Assumption high school

Manufacturing SHSM at Notre Dame high School

Please contact the Guidance Department at these respective schools for more information.

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Featured

Grade 8 Parent Information Evenings

Check out one of local secondary schools Grade 8 Parent Information Evenings:

Assumption CSS (Burlington) – Thursday, October 29th at 6pm

Bishop Reding CSS (Milton) – Thursday, November 5th at 6pm

Christ the King CSS (Georgetown) – Thursday, November 12th at 6pm

Corpus Christi CSS (Burlington) – Thursday, November 12th at 6pm

Holy Trinity CSS (Oakville) – Thursday, November 12th at 6pm

Jean Vanier CSS (Milton) – Thursday, November 12th at 6pm

Notre Dame CSS (Burlington) – Tuesday, November 17th at 6pm

St. Ignatius of Loyola CSS (Oakville) – Thursday, November 19th at 6pm

St. Thomas Aquinas CSS (Oakville) – Wednesday, November 11th at 6pm

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College Dual Credits

Dual Credit Information Session with Sheridan College

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Sheridan Skills Training Centre

407 Iroquois Shore Road, Oakville, Ontario

 

  • Learn about the exciting opportunities for students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school
  • Receive current information about Semester 2 dual credit courses
  • Learn how to register for Accessible Learning
  • Question and Answer session
  • Tour the campus

 

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Skills Ontario

2015-2016 Skills Ontario Events

Here is a list of exciting events affiliated with HCDSB schools that both staff and students can take part in for the 2015-2016 school year:

Skills Work!® What’s Out There? In School Presentations
Elementary and Secondary Cardboard Boat Races
Skills Work!® For Women Career Exploration Events and Conferences
Aboriginal Programs and In School Presentations
Elementary Career Awareness Workshops and Challenges
The Ontario Technological Skills Competition
 
For more information contact Samantha Grant at sgrant@skillsontario.com
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Featured OYAP SHSM Trades

Holy Trinity Student Achieves Gold at Skills Ontario & Bronze at National Skills Competition

Congratulations to Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School​’s Grade 11 student, Kassandra Bot, who received a gold medal in Architectural Design at the Skills Ontario Competition, held at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 4-6, 2015.

Kassandra was able to move forward and represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition, held in Saskatoon for 2 days, and brought home a bronze medal! With over 500 students competing in over 40 competitions in the skilled trades and technology, Kassandra completed two different sets of drawings within a 7 hour period.

Prior to Kassandra’s recognition and journey to the national and provincial competitions, Kassandra won gold at the Halton Skills Competition that took place at Craig Kielburger Secondary School, on April 9.

The purpose of the Architectural Technology and Design evaluations in the Skills Ontario competition is to assess the technical skills of each competitor in performing design and drawing tasks. In addition, students are evaluated on their skills and knowledge of the core teachings of Architecture and Engineering, and their understanding of regulatory building codes and construction.

95% of the evaluation is practical, based on the competitors’ Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) skills, and their sketching techniques, as well as 5% of the evaluation is based on their resume and job interview skills.

Kassandra not only won gold at Skills Ontario, but she was awarded with a $500 bursary for achieving the highest grade amongst all female participants. She also received a $1500 bursary for achieving the highest score amongst all participants in the entire competition!

Kassandra aspires to pursue a career path in Engineering, but has always appreciated the hands-on learning components of Architectural Design. She hopes that these skills will help her to one day design and build her own house. When asked if she intends on defending her gold medal at the Skills Ontario competition next year, Kassandra replied, “Absolutely!”​

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Elementary Featured

St. Paul Junior Lego Robotics Team Wins at Provincials!

Congratulations to the St. Paul Catholic Elementary School ​junior Lego Robotics team that earned Gold at the Halton Skills Competition on April 9th​, 2015. Earlier this month, the team moved forward to earn a Bronze medal at the Skills Ontario Competition on May 4, 2015!

At the provincial level, the junior team members participated in several challenges that included applying their knowledge of how to use reflected light intensity, how to use a variety of touch and ultrasonic sensors to program their robot, as well as using their mathematic skills to carry out tasks. Teams were also required to write a quiz based on programming scenarios.

During the Halton Skills Competition, junior team members programmed their bot to complete seven tasks – from following a line, to dropping basketballs into nets using an arm designed by the team. The unique activities coordinated by the students, as well as their knowledge of programming and strong collaborative skills resulted in excellent finishes for the junior team at the local and provincial level!

Congratulations to the St. Paul junior team for an excellent turnout at the Skills Ontario and Halton Skills Competitions! Special thanks to Coach Jen Thompson for her leadership and guidance in working with both the junior and senior teams at the school.​

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Employment Featured Men as Career Coaches Women as Career Coaches

Men and Women as Career Coaches Inspire Halton Catholic Students

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On April 22, 2015, Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC)​, a not-for-profit organization connecting industry leaders and the community, hosted a ‘Men as Career Coaches’ event. The evening served as an opportunity for business professionals to inform and inspire male secondary students with their knowledge of post-secondary destinations, occupational pathways and career options.

Part of the evening included inspirational videos, table discussions, as well as spotlight speakers sharing their stories with the audience.

“We are trying to bring people together even at an early age,” says Anthony Di Palma, Christ the King Catholic Secondary School teacher and attendee at the HIEC event. “To start building bridges and moving forward with a type of mentorship platform that’s going to build a better community.”

In addition, Halton Industry Education Council hosted the eleventh annual ‘Women as Career Coaches’ evening on March 26, 2015. Female mentors and career coaches representing all occupational sectors attended the evening to empower young women and inspire them to take control of their futures.

Students were able to hear stories from an ironworker, plumber, business owner, and even a female jockey; the first woman to ever win the Queen’s plate! The evening was capped off by keynote speaker, actress, wellness coach and author; Jessica Holmes. Her fascinating career pathway, diverse and relatable life experiences, and candid approach to addressing wellness and positivity made her a great candidate for this year’s keynote address. Learning from failure, not giving up, and the journey of self-discovery were powerful key messages presented to students.

Both career coaching events were thoroughly enjoyed by all students and mentors in attendance. Many thanks to the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) for hosting two spectacular events!​

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Featured Secondary

Holy Trinity Student Achieves Gold at Ontario Skills Competition

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Congratulations to Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School​’s Grade 11 student, Kassandra Bot, who received a gold medal in Architectural Design at the Skills Ontario Competition, held at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 4-6, 2015. Kassandra was able to move forward to Skills Ontario after winning gold at the Halton Skills Competition that took place at Craig Kielburger Secondary School on April 9, 2015.

The purpose of the Architectural Technology and Design contest is to assess the technical skills of each competitor, in performing design and drawing tasks, as well as their skills and knowledge in the core teachings of Architecture and Engineering, with an understanding of regulatory building codes and construction.

95% of the evaluation is practical, based on the competitors’ Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) skills, and their sketching techniques, as well as 5% of the evaluation is based on their resume and job interview skills.

As a result of the assessments, Kassandra won gold at Skills Ontario and was awarded with a $500 bursary for achieving the highest grade amongst all female participants. She also received a $1500 bursary for achieving the highest score amongst all participants in the entire competition.

Kassandra aspires to pursue a career path in Engineering, but has always appreciated the hands-on learning components of Architectural Design. She hopes that these skills will help her to one day design and build her own house. When asked if she intends on defending her gold medal at the competition next year, Kassandra replied, “Absolutely!”

Best wishes to Kassandra Bot as she moves forward to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition, held in Saskatoon on May 27-30, 2015.