Cowichan Valley School District
Career & Transitions
Locally developed educational programs that preparing students for entry into the workplace
Further education and training in a specific career pathway
Enhance the goal of career development (one of the three pillars of BC’s K-12 Education)
Counselors at each of our Secondary Schools and at the District level to assist students with post secondary and career decisions
The Cowichan Valley School District has become a leader in British Columbia in creating expanded opportunities for our students as they approach graduation
What will you do after highschool?
We offer a number of programs for every skill set. Scroll down to see the many programs to jump start your new career. Meet with a career facilitator to get started!
Instructional Video Series
Career and Dual Credit Instructional Video Series for teacher’s to watch and use in class
Need more guidance? Connect with your career counselor for help
Career Education Resources
Collection of K-12 Career Education Resources
Dual Credit Program
The Dual Credit program gives students an opportunity to take post-secondary courses tuition free! These courses and programs are offered through our partnership with both Vancouver Island University and Camosun College. You’ll be a College / University student while you’re still working on completing high school. Dual Credit opportunities are available in trades, technology, health & human services, business, sport & exercise and arts & science. In many programs, our post secondary partners (VIU & Camosun College) reserves seats especially for our dual credit students.
In the Cowichan School District, we believe...
All students can learn
In supporting the whole child
Learning experiences should be engaging, purposeful and reflective of voice and choice
In using strength-based approaches
In the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing
Strength is found in diversity
What is Youth Work In Trades?
(and the $1000 Youth Apprenticeship Grant)
Youth Work In Trades (Formerly Secondary School Apprenticeship) is a high school credit program that provides students 14 years of age and over with the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship while still in high school. Students must be employed (paid) in an apprenticeable trade. Please see www.itabc.ca for the list of trades that are recognized in B.C. Most students’ work does not interfere with their school day. Youth Work in Trades can be completed on weekends, evenings, summer holidays, or on a special release from school if the timetable will permit. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a head start on a trade while completing secondary school graduation while also qualifying for a $1000 grant.
What is Work Experience or WEX?
Work Experience (WEX) allows grade 10-12 students in the Cowichan Valley School District to earn graduation credits for paid and unpaid work with a local employer. Students will have an 80 to 170-hour placement with employers as entry-level employees and/or job shadows.