Connections
for Learning (1–12)

Building Futures: FAQs

Why Grade 10 Students? 

Grade 10 students are an ideal fit for the Building Futures program for a variety of reasons. They are old enough to work on the job site, and mature enough to grow from this opportunity. Grade 10 students will be able to earn over 50 credits in Building Futures, which would enable them to have a reduced course load in Grades 11 & 12.

What will they learn? 

Students will learn required academic subjects - English, Math, Science and Social Studies - along with Physical Education, CALM and a variety of personalized option courses, which can be tailored to each student's interests. A list of standard course offerings is provided here, but the opportunities and choices are endless! By working in a hands-on, real life learning environment, students will also master their communication, relationship and business skills, while developing a strong work ethic and discovering possible career paths. And of course, they will also learn every stage of building a home: from pouring the foundation to selling it to the buyer.

Are the students on the work site every day?

This program follows the Parkland School Division calendar in the same way every other school in PSD does. The Building Futures classroom is on site in a repurposed garage. 

Will students need to drive to the work site? 

No. They will meet at their designated school, where a bus will pick them up and drop them off at the work site classroom. The bus will bring students back to their schools before the end of the school day.

Can students still participate in extracurricular activities? 

Yes. Because Building Futures is scheduled during the regular school day, students should not encounter problems making it on time to extracurricular activities. Although students learn off site, they are still members of their home school community.

How much does Building Futures cost?

An additional cost of $200 is charged to cover field trips and consumables. Students will need to acquire a pair of CSA approved steel-toed boots.

What career opportunities could students be exposed to?

The list is endless. Students will see and be taught first-hand by carpenters, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, project managers, interior designers, real estate agents, site supervisors, project managers and countless other professionals, from whom they will learn valuable real-world skills that transfer to life after high school.

Will students be allowed to participate if they have no previous experience with tools or trades?

Yes! We expect no previous knowledge and will teach each skill as needed.

Can students apprentice during this experience?

No. Students will not be able to apprentice during their year in Building Futures. However, this experience will allow them to witness many different trades in action, and give them the chance to see what may appeal to them as a future career.

How many students will be in the class? 

Between 28 and 32 students will be part of the Building Futures class.

Will students be challenged academically?

Yes. This experience will benefit most types of learners. Teachers will deliver the curriculum in a personalized academic manner. Our hands-on approach and project-based model is designed to encourage and foster problem-solving skills, creativity and innovation, and digital competency.

Who will educate the students?

The students will be taught by two Parkland School Division subject-specific teachers. As it is in any school, academic delivery is the responsibility of the teachers. A site supervisor from Coventry Homes will also be working closely with the students to demonstrate the various aspects of building the home. This extremely low student-teacher ratio will help maximize student learning.

Why are you offering this experience?

We believe that students learn best when they are engaged in real life, tangible learning experiences. Like life, everything learned in Building Futures is interconnected.

How do we sign up? 

Parents and students interested in the program should select Building Futures when registering for school, then complete and submit the Building Futures application form to the Connections For Learning office by March 9, 2020. Keep in mind that this program has limited space available.

How do I get more information?

Please contact Connections for Learning office at any time. We are happy to share more information with you and answer any questions you may have. 

For more information contact: 
Connections For Learning
Phone: 780-963-0507
Fax: 780-968-1088 
Email: cfl@psd70.ab.ca