Off-campus Education

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Off-campus Education is an experiential method of learning that integrates a student’s classroom studies with recognized on-the-job work experiences. Off-campus Education programs are based on the belief that educators can enhance student learning experiences by bringing the community into the school and by placing students out into the community. This requires a partnership involving the school, the parents/guardians, the student and the employing organization, i.e., business, industry, government or not-for-profit agency, with each of the partners sharing the responsibility for student growth and learning.

Off-campus Education programs use a set of planned educational experiences designed to enable students to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes related to work and other life roles through their participation in out-of-class study, observation and/or performance in community-based work sites and/or work stations. In some situations, this may involve volunteer activities rather than paid employment.

Special Off-Campus and Dual Credit Programs

Special Off-Campus and Dual Credit Opportunities are added throughout the year. Check back regularly for updates.

Work study

“Work Study” means off-campus experiential learning undertaken by a junior or senior high school student:

  • that may include job shadow, job investigation or research, workplace observation, work site investigation, or a mentorship arrangement or project that is an integral part of the curriculum of a provincially approved school course; e.g., Science 9, Biology 30, Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses
  • that is under the cooperative supervision of an off-campus coordinator and the employer’s onsite representative
  • that is to be a short-term and part-time experience where no additional credit is given beyond that awarded for the course(s) of which the work study is an integral part.

Work experience

“Work Experience” means off-campus experiential learning undertaken by a senior high school student 15 years of age or older:

  • as an integral part of a planned school program
  • which is under the cooperative supervision of an off-campus coordinator and the employer’s onsite representative
  • where the activity constitutes a separate course based on 25 hours per credit.

Work Experience 15–25–35 are three separate courses intended to be appropriate for students at the Grade 10, Grade 11 or Grade 12 levels respectively. Each course is time based, i.e., 25 hours per credit, and is available with variable credit options:

  • Work Experience 15 (3–10 credits)
  • Work Experience 25 (3–10 credits)
  • Work Experience 35 (3–10 credits)

Registered Apprentice Program (RAP)

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an apprenticeship program for senior high school students 15 years of age or older. RAP students are both full-time students and registered apprentices, and must be actively working toward the completion of senior high school. RAP students take courses such as English language arts, social studies, science, mathematics and other complementary courses to meet the requirements for either an Alberta High School Diploma or a Certificate of High School Achievement.

RAP courses within each trade designation must be taken sequentially (15, 25a, 25b, 25c, 35a, 35b, 35c, 35d) as indicated inthe Guide to Education: ECS to Grade 12, Appendix 2 (see

A RAP student can earn up to 1000 hours of time credits toward an apprenticeship and simultaneously earn up to 40 credits toward senior high school diploma requirements.

Green Certificate Program

The Green Certificate Program was initiated by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in 1975. Programs of study in the Green Certificate Program were approved for use in Alberta senior high schools in September 2000. By completing a series of three courses in an agricultural production specialization, a student can earn a Level I (Technician) Green Certificate, recognized by agribusiness in Alberta, and at the same time earn 16 credits toward the Alberta High School Diploma or the Certificate of High School Achievement.

The order in which the student takes courses is normally determined by the season and work requirements at the trainer’s agricultural operation. The student needs to be aware that stringent standards are maintained throughout the delivery of the program, and the number of hours of commitment to the learning activities frequently goes beyond the minimum of 25 hours per credit. Demonstration of proficiency at the specified standard often requires additional practice and self-directed study on the part of the student.

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