What is the Work Experience Program?
Work Experience is an individualized program where students learn valuable employability and workplace skills, and develop a strong work ethic, positive work attitudes and demonstrate regular and reliable attendance on the job.
During work experience, students who are already working or volunteering are able to earn high school credits. During the school year, this work typically takes place after school and on weekends. Credits can also be earned during the summer months.
What are the requirements?
Before beginning a Work Experience Program, interested students must:
- Meet with their off-campus education teacher to discuss program details
- Complete HCS3000 (online safety course)
- Complete an Off-Campus Education Agreement (contract)
Note: This document must be signed by the student, employer, parent/guardian (if under the age of 18) and a CSSD district supervisor
- Off-campus education teacher must perform and approve a work site visit
Note: Only employers who provide a safe, positive and caring work environment for the student and meet the requirements of related legislation, regulations, codes and policies will be approved.
During work experience, students can earn up to 35 credits (20 towards their first 100 credits needed to graduate). Students can earn 10 credits in each level of work experience 15, 25 and 35 and 5 credits in career internship. One credit is earned for every 25 hours of work. A minimum of 75 hours (3 credits) must be worked.
Did you know?
Some Alberta post-secondary institutions accept Work Experience 35 (Grade 12 credits) as a Grade 12 course equivalent for admission. Work experience can also be one of the courses used to apply for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship.
For more information about the Work Experience Program or to apply, please contact your school’s off-campus education teacher or career practitioner.