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What your teen is learning

Work Experience

Work Experience 15–25–35 courses are components of an off-campus education program that provide opportunities for your teen to apply what they have learned through course work to experiences in the workplace. Your teen may discover their career interests and aptitudes as they take on activities at work sites (in business, industry, government or community services) within your community. Through a partnership of school and community, your teen’s personal development, career planning and employability skills will develop. For more about Work Experience, refer to the program of studies PDF.

Work Study

Your teen can apply what they learn in class to real-life working situations. Work Study education allows them to experience working for an employer (this is facilitated through a partnership between the school and the community, where your teen is under the supervision of the subject-area off-campus coordinator and the employer). Because Work Study is part of other courses, your teen will not receive additional credits for participating. For more about Work Study, refer to the Off-campus Education Handbook PDF.

Career Internship 10

Your teen will develop skills and knowledge that will give them a head start when they are ready to enter the workplace. Internships are available for trade, technology and service careers. Your teen may receive 3, 4 or 5 credits. This course is mainly delivered off campus. For more about Career Internship 10, refer to the program of studies PDF.

Registered Apprenticeship Program

If your teen is a full-time student, 15 years or older, they can work as a registered apprentice. The amount of time they spend at school and on the work site is flexible. As an apprentice, your teen will need to be punctual, complete the tasks assigned to them, and follow safety regulations and employer rules. As a student, they will attend class, complete assignments and maintain passing grades. For more about RAP, refer to the Off-campus Education Handbook PDF.

Green Certificate Program

The Green Certificate Program is a joint program between Alberta Education and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. In grades 10, 11 and 12, your teen can participate in an agriculture-related apprenticeship, earn credits and complete the Technician Level of a Green Certificate. They will choose one of nine specializations. For more about the Green Certificate Program, refer to the programs of study.

How your teen is assessed

Learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask the teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you, your teen and your teen’s teacher about your teen’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well they are doing throughout a course. At the end of the course, your teen will be assessed and their achievement will be reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for the course.

Resources to help your teen

A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your teen. Visit LearnAlberta.ca to learn more about the resources your teen may encounter.

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