Students Participate in School-College-Work Initiative

Students Participate in School-College-Work Initiative

Can 12 and 13 year-olds weld, be film producers, perform breathalyzer tests, investigate magnetic fields, develop marketing campaigns, and work in health care labs? At Confederation College, they can!

Grade 7 and 8 students from across Northwestern Ontario are being given hands on experiences in the classrooms at Confederation College as part of the School-College-Work Initiative.

On Tuesday, as part of Education Week, students from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Longlac, and St Joseph School in Geraldton, spent the day engaging in learning about college pathways and programs from current students on campus. The visit was structured to help students answer the questions:

  • “Who am I?”
  • "What are my opportunities?"
  •  “Who do I want to become?”
  • “What is my plan for achieving my goals?”

Jim Keyes, the SCWI Coordinator at Confederation College says,

“It’s great to see young people excited about learning. They have a chance to see something that is achievable in their future and make connections with students to learn about pathways they’ve followed.” 

Alexandra Uetz, Grade 7 teacher from Longlac, said she heard many students identify career goals and pathways that they are interested in pursuing. “Being able to see, touch, and carry out real world skills is helping our students see strengths in themselves that they would otherwise not have opportunities to identify in our small community”.

A Grade 8 student from Geraldton, valued his experience learning about media arts programs on campus.

"The students (who led it) gave us a lot of information and there are so many things we can learn to do. It’s not just about holding a $60,000 camera, you can work with music production, hold boom mics, do animation, or learn about editing. There are so many options for us!”
A handcuffed Grade 8 from Longlac, connected with the opportunities in the protective services programs after learning how the breathalyzer works.
"I didn’t know you could take the program and be able to have jobs other than being a police officer.”

The entire experience highlighted the core belief that all students can be successful because success comes in many forms and there are many pathways to success – even for those students who live in communities far away from major city centres.

Students returned to their communities with a new perspective on what options might be available to them after high school.

The program continues to welcome Grade 7 and 8 students to the Thunder Bay Campus from throughout the northwest over the next two weeks.