Post-Secondary Pathway Planning

 

A student's pathway planning journey will involve a transition from secondary pathways planning to deciding on a post-secondary destination. To ensure they make informed choices, students are encouraged to:

  • consider their strengths and interests and how those can be applied to career and life goals
  • consider their options through recreational, social, leadership, volunteer, part-time employment and experiential learning programs
  • consider their goals and identify the resources required to implement a plan to help obtain those goals
  • seek help from their Guidance Counsellor

The idea of planning a pathway toward an educational goal should be focused, yet flexible. Educational goals can change over time. The ultimate goal of a student is to find and enjoy meaningful work.  It's never too early to start researching options to find out more about post-secondary choices -- the best way to make the right decisions is to be informed.

Students are encouraged to utilize career and post-secondary websites like Career Cruising to explore education options, to visit college and/or university campuses or Open Houses, and to attend the following fairs:


Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a post-secondary pathway that combines on-the-job training, work experience and technical training that leads to certification in over 150 trades.

  • Employers provide about 90% of the apprenticeship training in the workplace.
  • All apprentices attend in-school sessions offered by approved training delivery agents (e.g. colleges, unions) for the remaining 10%, which involves classroom instruction on theory.
  • Once both school and on-the-job components have been satisfied, apprentices will receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship.
  • For trades with exams, apprentices must pass the exam before they can receive their Certificate of Qualification.

Check out Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program or College of Trades for more information about apprenticeship opportunities.

College

There are 27 colleges in Ontario, located throughout the province. Colleges offer a variety of diploma, certificate and applied degree programs. The basic admission requirement for postsecondary programs in the Ontario College system is one of the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or
  • any lesser minimum admission requirement as established by a college on a program-specific basis.

Ontario colleges offer more than 2,400 program choices in almost 600 subject areas. Programs are career-oriented and geared toward marketable skills. Find out about programs, arrange a campus tour or talk to college staff who can answer your specific questions.

Visit Ontario Colleges for more information and college specific requirements.

Community Living

Transition planning is about looking ahead to the future and preparing for adulthood. It is a partnership involving student, parent, teachers, friends, community and adult service providers, and any other individual with a vested interest in your child. Consideration must be given to such things as:

  • Living arrangements
  • Community programs
  • Employment opportunities
  • Further education opportunities
  • Health care
  • Recreation and social activities

Visit Developmental Services Ontario for information.

University

To attend university, students must attain their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and 6 of their grade 12 courses must be at the University or University/College Level. There are 21 universities in Ontario, offering professional programs in a variety of fields. Universities offer three and four year undergraduate degrees. Professional programs such as dentistry, medicine, engineering and education are offered at several Ontario universities.

For specific information about programs, visit eInfo

Workplace

The goal of all students is to find employment that is fulfilling and of service to society. There are many ways to get to the world of work and one of the ways is through an entry-level job. Students will find information regarding the availability of entry-level jobs in their guidance department at high school. A number of organizations exist in Durham Region that help assist students to find employment after high school. An important organization is Employment Ontario.

Visit Employment Canada for specific information about programs.

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