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Career Explorations Summer Institute (CTS)

About the Career Explorations Summer Institute

As a collaboration between Parkland School Division, the Greater Parkland Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), the Career Explorations Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to experience various technical courses and Career and Technology Studies (CTS) modules, giving them a brief look at a variety of trade or technology areas or a more intense exploration of one trade or technology area.

Career Explorations students will choose from a large number of potential experiences and explore each as long as time allows during the three-week period. Students may attend for one, two or three weeks, depending on their chosen area of focus.

Dates & Times:

  • Section 1: July 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7 from 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Section 2: July 8, 9, 10, 12 & 13 from 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Section 3: July 14, 15, 16, 17 & 19 from 8:30-3:30pm

All Career Explorations courses are worth 3-7 credits (depending on the area of exploration) and are delivered at various locations in Spruce Grove and the surrounding areas. Students will need to be dropped off and picked up from their course's primary location for the duration of Summer School.

Please Note: The Trade Explorations course is open to students who have completed Grade 7; however, students entering Grade 8 or 9 in 2021-2022 will NOT receive high school credit.

Career Explorations Registration Process

Step 1: Register for Summer School in Parkland School Division

Visit the Summer School How to Register page and complete the steps listed there. 

Step 2: Complete Exploring Careers Survey

After submitting a Summer School registration form, each applicant will receive an email with a link to the Exploring Careers survey. Complete the survey and select the courses in which the student wishes to participate. 

Application surveys will be reviewed by Connections for Learning staff to confirm that the student not only meets program requirements, but also displays a high standard of independence, work ethic, responsibility, discipline and engagement.

Step 3: Review Process

CFL staff will review all applications. Elements of the review process may include contacting the student’s previous teacher and administration, or conducting a family interview. We must also verify there is sufficient space available in the program before a student will be admitted into it.  

Step 4: Admission

Once all the pertinent information has been collected and reviewed, a decision will be made regarding the student’s application. Applicants will be contacted by CFL staff at this time.

Students admitted into the program will need to complete the following documents (coming soon!):

Course List

The following Career Exploration Areas are available at CFL Summer School. Click on the name of the course to read its description.

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* Virtual Learning Only
* In-Person or Print Modular
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* Print Modular or Virtual Learning
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7 Grade 7 Prerequisite

Building Construction Level 1 *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9
Credits: 5
Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove)

Students will create personal projects to take home, including tables, stools, implements and more.

CTS modules covered:

  • CON1010 Construction Tools & Materials: Students develop basic hand tool and production skills to transform common building materials safely into useful products.
     
  • CON1120 Product Management: Students develop basic shop drawing and estimating skills and apply them to build a product.
     
  • CON1130 Solid Stock Construction: Students develop basic hand and power tool skills to build a product made from solid wood.
     
  • CON1140 Turning Operations: Students use wood turning equipment and techniques to create a faceplate and spindle turning made from solid and/or built-up stock.
     
  • CON1160 Manufactured Materials: Students select and use the appropriate materials and tools to build a product or structure from a wood composite or another manufactured material.

 

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Building Construction Level 2 *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9 + CON1010 & CON1020
Credits: 5
Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove)

Students will create personal projects to take home, including tables, stools, implements and more.

CTS modules covered:

  • CON2130 Furniture - Box Construction: Students develop basic joinery skills and knowledge related to case construction by producing a box-type piece of furniture.
     
  • CON2140 Furniture - Frame & Panel: Students use solid and/or composite materials to build a frame and panel product or component.
     
  • CON2150 Finishing & Refinishing: Students use knowledge of finishing materials and finishing techniques to apply new and replacement finishes.
     
  • CON2160 Cabinetmaking - Web & Face Frame: Students apply web and face frame construction techniques and use solid and/or manufactured materials to produce a built-in or modular cabinet.
     
  • CON2170 Cabinetmaking - Door & Drawer: Students use solid and composite materials to develop skills in building cabinet doors and drawers.

 

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Cosmetology & Esthetics *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9
Credits: 5
Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove)

Students will learn personal service fundamentals.

CTS modules covered:

  • COS1010 Personal & Professional Practices: Students develop increased appreciation for the significance of personal grooming in various life situations, as well as the knowledge and skills required to maintain a personal health and safety plan.
     
  • COS1020 Long Hair Design 1: Students handle hair confidently, brush, comb and part hair correctly and create ropes, knots and two- or three-strand braids.
     
  • COS1910 Cos Project A: Students develop project design and management skills to extend and enhance competencies and skills in other CTS courses through contexts that are personally relevant.
     
  • EST1020 Skin Care Practices: Students identify the basic structures and functions of the skin. Students analyze skin and perform basic skin care practices, including cleansing, toning, nourishing and protecting.
     
  • EST1025 Skin Care Practices - Client Services: Students conduct a consultation with a client during which they analyze the client’s needs and recommend and perform the appropriate services.

 

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3D Printing, Electro Technology & Design Studies *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9
Credits: 5
Location: Connections for Learning

Students will build their own 3D printer and take it home.

CTS modules covered:

  • ELT1010 Electro-Assembly 1: Students apply basic fabricating and servicing techniques to construct and test electronic and electromagnetic devices and cables.
     
  • ELT1050 Electronic Power Supply 1: Students construct different types of alternating and direct current power supplies and demonstrate their application in electrical/electronic systems.
     
  • DES1020 The Design Process: Students develop an understanding of design problems through research and select, generate and evaluate possible solutions.
     
  • DES1040 3D Design 1: Students develop skills and techniques for 3D design by using tools, materials and processes common to 3D design to complete a variety of project activities.
     
  • DES1910 Des Project A: Students develop project design and management skills to extend and enhance competencies and skills in other CTS courses through contexts that are personally relevant.

 

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Fabrication & Welding Level 1 *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9
Credits: 5
Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove)

Students will learn welding basics and create projects to take home.

CTS modules covered:

  • FAB1010 Fabrication Tools & Materials: Students develop knowledge and skills in the use of basic hand tools and materials used in fabrication processes, and safely transform common metals into useful products.
     
  • FAB1040 Oxyacetylene Welding: Students develop basic skills in the safe handling and operation of oxyacetylene equipment.
     
  • FAB1048 Semi-Automated / Automated Welding: Students develop basic knowledge and skills related to the use of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes in both personal use and commercial applications. They also develop introductory knowledge of Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) processes.
     
  • FAB1050 Basic Electric Welding: Students develop basic skills related to the safe use and operation of one or more common electric welding processes.
     
  • FAB1100 Fabrication Principles: Students investigate and apply fundamental principles of fabrication to build an artifact or structure from common structural materials.

 

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Fabrication & Welding Level 2 *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9 + FAB1040, FAB1048 & FAB1050
Credits: 5
Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove)

Students will learn welding basics and create projects to take home.

CTS modules covered:

  • FAB2030 Oxyfuel Welding: Students develop basic skills in the safe and efficient use of oxyfuel equipment and supplies to braze and fusion weld.
     
  • FAB2048 Flux Cored Arc Welding 1: Students develop an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes, and they gain experience using FCAW processes by performing flat, horizontal and vertical fillet welds and flat groove welds.
     
  • FAB2050 Arc Welding 1: Students develop basic knowledge, skills and attitudes related to the operation and use of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) equipment and accessories to make a variety of welds in the flat position.
     
  • FAB2060 Arc Welding 2: Students identify appropriate electrodes by visually assessing a weld and making the necessary adjustments to improve weld quality while developing horizontal position welding skills.
     
  • FAB2070 Gas Metal Arc Welding 1: Students develop an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) processes, and they gain experience using GMAW processes by performing flat, horizontal and vertical fillet welds and flat groove welds.

 

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Heavy Equipment Technician Level 1 *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9
Credits: 5
Location: Heavy Metal Equipment Rental (102 Golden Spike Road, Spruce Grove)

Students will develop skills required for the Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship.

CTS modules covered:

  • HEA3400 Basic Tools & Materials: Students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in the practice of workshop safety, communication and the use of specialty hand tools, measuring tools and fasteners.
     
  • HEA3405 Bearings & Seals: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to service and maintain vehicle bearings and seals and to use oxy-fuel heating and cutting systems.
     
  • HEA3410 Frames & Suspension: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to service and maintain vehicle frames and suspension systems.
     
  • HEA3415 Wheels & Preventive Maintenance: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to service and maintain vehicle wheels, tires and hubs and to perform preventive maintenance procedures. 
     
  • HEA3420 Trailer Systems: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to inspect, service and maintain trailer systems and components.
     
  • HEA3900 Apprenticeship Safety: Students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in the practice of workshop health and safety, communication and career planning.
     
  • RAP1988 Heavy Equipment Technician First-Year Apprentice (5 Credits): Students demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes they've learned in the Heavy Equipment Technician course thus far to earn credit in the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

 

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Heavy Equipment Technician Level 2 *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9 + HEA3900, HEA3400
Credits: 5
Location: Heavy Metal Equipment Rental (102 Golden Spike Road, Spruce Grove)

Students will develop skills required for the Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship

CTS modules covered:

  • HEA3435 Hydraulic Systems: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to inspect, service and maintain hydraulic systems and components.
     
  • HEA3440 Electrical Theory: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to understand and analyze electrical and electronic systems and components.
     
  • HEA 3445 Electrical Service: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to inspect, service and maintain electrical and electronic systems and components.
     
  • HEA3450 Electronics: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to inspect, service and maintain electronic systems and components.
     
  • HEA3460 Air Brake Mechanics: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to inspect, service and maintain trailer air brake systems and components.

 

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Mechanics & Automotive Services Level 1 *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9
Credits: 5
Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove)

Students will develop skills for automotive service and mechanical self-care.

CTS modules covered:

  • MEC1015 Mechanics Tools & Materials: Students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in the safe use of specialty hand tools, measuring tools and fasteners.
     
  • MEC1020 Vehicle Service & Care: Students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to care for and service a motor vehicle.
     
  • MEC1040 Engine Fundamentals: Students investigate and describe operating principles, construction and applications of engines.
     
  • MEC1090 Electrical Fundamentals: Students identify and describe the operating principles and applications of electricity.
     
  • MEC1165 Mechanics Welding Fundamentals: Students perform metal heating and cutting operations safely using oxyacetylene equipment, and perform non-structural welding using Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) equipment.

 

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Mechanics & Automotive Services Level 2 *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9
Credits: Up to 5
Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove)

Students will develop skills for automotive service and mechanical self-care.

Specific CTS modules covered are dependent on course material already completed by each student, but may focus on the following concepts:

  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Lubrication and Cooling/Fuel & Exhaust Systems
  • Alternative Fuel Systems
  • Ignition Systems

 

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Pipe Trades *$

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9
Credits: Up to 5
Location: Fix It Right Plumbing and Heating LTD (951 Boulder Blvd #101, Stony Plain)

Students will learn skills and techniques associated with plumbing, pipefitting, and other pipe trades. Possible extensions may include heating and ventilating.

CTS modules covered:

  • PLA3406 Hand and Power Tools: Students demonstrate maintenance and use of hand tools and power tools used in the pipe trades to safely complete various jobs.
     
  • PLA3411 Welded Pipe and Fittings: Students identify and describe welded pipe and fittings.
     
  • PLA3416 Plastic Pipe and Tubes: Students identify, describe, and demonstrate the construction of plastic pipe and tubes.
     
  • PLA3421 Threaded and Grooved Pipe: Students develop an understanding of threaded and grooved pipe.
     
  • PLA3436 Welding Safety and Fabrication: Students develop an understanding of welding equipment and the basics of welding.
     
  • PLA3446 Brazing and Soldering: Students develop and demonstrate an understanding of brazing and soldering metal alloys.
     
  • RAP4512 Pipe Trades First-Year Apprentice (5 Credits): Students demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes they've learned in the Pipe Trades course thus far to earn credit in the Registered Apprenticeship Program.
     

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Trade Explorations *$7

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 7
Credits: 0-5 (Students entering Grade 8 or 9 in 2021-2022 will NOT receive high school credit)
Location: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology - Crane and Hoist Campus (281 Tamarack Drive, Spruce Grove)

Students will explore various trade and technical education opportunities. Students may choose to study one or more of the modules from any Level 1 Career Exploration course, and will be introduced to other fields of study on the first day of the program. One or more days of Trade Exploration will include presentations from NAIT staff, and possibly also local alumni.

 

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