Students learn valuable employment and workplace skills, develop a strong work ethic and positive attitude and demonstrate reliable attendance on the job. Students who are already working or volunteering are able to 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.
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.
Before beginning work experience, students must:
- Meet with their off-campus education teacher to discuss program details
- Complete HCS3000 (online safety course)
- Complete an Off-Campus Education Agreement. Students, a parent or guardian, employer and CCSD supervisor must sign this contract if the student is under the age of 18
- Get the work site approved by an off-campus teacher. Only employers who provide a safe, positive and caring work environment and meet the requirements of related legislation, regulations, codes and policies will be approved.
Contact your school’s Off-Campus Education teacher or career practitioner for more information.