Smart decisions that your teen makes in Grades 8 and 9 can save them years of additional study and extra costs. You can help your teen by letting him or her know about specialized high school opportunities and, in some cases, actively working with your teen to locate the resources that he or she needs.
For example, if your teen would like to enter the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) they will need to find an employer who will sponsor their apprenticeship training. Your help can be invaluable in searching for and screening prospective employers.
For some careers, your teen can get additional high school and post-secondary credits just by completing CTS programs in grades 10 to 12. These are called dual credit courses and they must be started in Grade 10 and continued through to Grade 12. That’s another good reason to help your teen plan for the future now.
Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS): Career guidance for High School Students
Alberta Dual Credit: How to earn both high school and post-secondary credits for the same course
ALIS: Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 10, 11 and 12 checklists
ALIS: Create Your Custom Career Poster-High School: A visual roadmap of career choices
Calgary Board of Education: Get Ready, Get Set, Go for It: A guide to High School courses
Calgary Board of Education: Exploring Career Choices - Explore IT: For Grade Nine Girls
RAP Program: The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an Alberta Education program that allows high school students (Grades 10 to 12) to begin their apprenticeship training while going to high school
RVSD: Mechanics Training Centre: A partnership between Rocky View Schools and Cam Clark Ford to provide classes to students with an interest in Automobile Mechanics
Youth Employment Centre: The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is an employment, career development and job finding resource for youth