Course Planning and
Career and Post-secondary
Crash Course into the World of
What Does Life After High School
Part-time work and school
Canadian Armed Forces
Apprenticeship and Trades
College and University
Skills to Success
Building your credentials…
Every step in building your knowledge
and skills leads to the next whether it is
through post-secondary education,
employment, travel or volunteering.
The ladder begins with:
Certificate (1 year)
Diploma (2 years)
Associate Degree (2 yrs. w/requisite
Bachelors Degree/Red Seal (Trades)
With the exception of very few programs
English 12 is required for
Also, in most cases English 12 has a minimum
grade requirement for admission into any 1st year
college and university classes
SFU and Kwantlen need 60%
UBC Van needs 70% in English 11 or English 12
Approved Grade 12 Admission Courses for
UBC (Van and OK) / SFU / UVIC
English 12 is needed for all faculties
Advanced Placement Law
BC First Nations Principles of Math or Pre-
Challenge Test (not UBC) Physics
Chemistry Social Justice 12 (not SFU
English Literature and UBC V)
Francais Langue UVIC ONLY
Geography Foundations of Math
History Comparative Civilization
Languages – check UBC AND SFU ONLY
individual institutes Economics
Non-English (Foreign) Language
A Language 11 is required for admission to UBC
UBC Arts only will require a language 12 to complete
an Arts degree or 6 credits of a language in post-secondary
Requires a beginner Language 11 for admission
No language requirement except
for the Humanities Faculty
If a student does not have a language 11 and wants to
complete an ARTS degree UBC or KWANTLEN a language 11
OR university credit is required.
Admission Averages September 2011
Arts mid to high 80% with personal
profile recommended General Admission mid 80%
Business 80% with
Commerce 84% with mandatory
personal profile mandatory personal
Engineering mid to high 80% with profile Health Sciences high 85%
Students must have 60% in English and Math
Food Nutrition & Health mid 80%
Forestry mid to high 70%
Human Kinetics 91% on straight grades
to 86 with profile
Science 90-92% on straight grades to Information Science/History in Art/
84/85 with personal profile Human & Social Development 75%
UBC-Okanagan Engineering / Comp Science 80% / 75%
Arts, Engineering, Human Kinetics, Sciences, Fine Arts 70%
Pre-pharmacy 75–80% Writing 87%
Visual Arts 67 with portfolio
All offers are conditional until marks are verified through the Ministry of ED.
Foundation (LEVEL ONE) Trades Training Programs
WHAT IS IT?
Foundation (or Level 1) Trades Training is the first step in training to prepare
students for employment/apprenticeship in the trade area of their choice.
WHERE CAN I APPLY FOR FOUNDATION TRADES TRAINING?
Delta School District Career Programs - http://fc.deltasd.bc.ca/~mmerrick/
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Vancouver Community College
APPRENTICESHIP AND SECONDARY SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP (SSA)
Upon completion of a Foundations program students receive their Level 1
training certification and may seek employment as apprentices. If students
have apprenticeship placements before the end of high school they can
register with our Secondary School Apprenticeship program. Students can
bank hours and receive credit for apprenticeship work while in high school.
Please see Mr. Jensen for more info about SSA.
If you are planning a career in the Trades please see Ms. Foster. There are
many educational options available. See DISTRICT CAREER PROGRAMS.
Career Programs support students in both their career development and their
human and social development. This type of experiential learning increases
the relevance of school by helping students connect what they learn in the
classroom with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to be successful in
both the workplace and larger community.
Students receive extensive in-school preparation, onsite experience with
employers in a chosen focus area, guided post-placement reflection to
incorporate learning in the Transition Plan and Graduation Portfolio.
Work Experience Areas are:
Business & Applied Business
Liberal Arts & Humanities
Fine Arts, Design & Media
Science & Applied Science
Fitness & Recreation
Health & Human Services
Trades & Technology
In the past students have taken French, Spanish, Psychology,
Criminology, Computer Science, Accounting, English and Math.
Students may enroll in the September or January semester of
each academic year on either Kwantlen campus, Richmond or
Applications are in the Career Centre.
Completed applications and application fees must be received in
the Career Centre by June 15 for the September semester and
November 15 for the January semester.
LPI (Language Proficiency Index)
The is an Grade 12 (Private) English exam recommended by BC universities and
colleges, not for admission but to register in a 1st year English class.
This exam determines a students competence in summary and essay writing. The
exam also recognizes common errors in English usage and sentence structure. All
students regardless of country of origin or citizenship are required to demonstrate
UBC requires a Level 5 or English 12 with a 2nd interim at 80% or final grade at 75%.
Remember you need 70% in English 11 or 12 for admission.
SFU requires a Level 4 or English 12 with a 2nd interim at 75% and 75% maintained
for final grades. Remember you need 60% in English 12 for admission.
UVIC requires the LPI or 86% on the provincial exam. Do the LPI.
Langara requires a Level 5 or 80% final grade in English 12.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) requires a Level 5 or 73% final grade in
English 12. Remember you need 60% in English 12 for admission.
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
The SAT is intended for students applying for admission to a university in
The SAT measures verbal reasoning, mathematical problem solving and
There are three different tests: SAT for admission
SAT II or Subject tests (IVY League)
Yearly October Practice SAT (PSAT)
Register on line at www.collegeboard.com
School Code Test Dates
South Delta: 821085 There are several test dates
throughout the year and test sites
in Vancouver and Richmond
So, what if you don’t know…
Research, Reflection & Reality
Develop your transition plan
What are your options?
• College Program Diploma
• College Transfer
• Trades and Technologies
• Student Exchanges/Global Volunteering/Travel
BE AN EXPLORER
Job Search and Description
Interviews of people current to the industry
Do a Career Preparation Work Experience – 4 credits
Visit the Career Centre
Choose to do a Work Experience
Talk to your teachers, coaches, parents,
counsellors, people who have a vested
interest in your future wellbeing
Check First Class e-mail and school
newsletters, Parent/Student Connect
Go on a Campus Tour
When you visit a college/university/post-
secondary evening - ask questions and make
decisions based on the best program for you!
• Student orientation
• Clubs, activities, athletic programs
• Student successes
• Field study, Student exchanges, co-op
• Student support services
Enrich Your Life…
Encounters with Canada - Go to Ottawa for a week of career exploration. See the Parliament
Buildings, museums, and historical monuments and attend a theme week that will help with their
goals and aspirations. The themes include Politics, Journalism, Sports and Fitness, Arts and
Culture, Medicine and Health, Ecology and the Environment, Law and the RCMP.
Costs are $625 and spending money.
Delta Police Academy. Spend a week in July at the Delta Police Headquarters learning about
what it is like to be a police officer. Physical fitness training, learn about the law, investigation
techniques, traffic accident training… Applications will be available soon.
Heart and Stroke Foundation is offering a summer program to motivate students with interest in
biology, medicine to consider a career in cardiovascular research.
Air Time Canada – Want to be a pilot? Try out flight and ground school and fly a plane. Website :
www.airfun.org/copilot.htm Free (I’m not kidding)
Rotary STEP Program - There is a wonderful Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) opportunity
through the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen. A child from another country comes to stay with your
family for 3-5 weeks in the summer, then your child goes back to spend 3-5 weeks with that child's
family in their country. The cost is entirely the family's, however, Rotary administers the program,
sets up the match, interviews the families at both ends to make sure it is an appropriate and safe
environment, provides health and accident insurance, and an orientation day for the students.
For more information please visit the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen's web site and click on the Youth
Services link on the left: http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/Home/homeF.asp?cid=1876
Reflection and Reality…
What are your current grades?
• Do you need help at school, academically? Can I
learn better being 1 of 250 students in a first year
UBC Chemistry class or being 1 in a class of 30 in a
first year Langara Chemistry class.
• Appropriate Course selection. Did I take the
courses I need or did I take the easiest?
• Balanced course load of admission courses and
electives. (Take drafting as well as Physics, take
drawing and painting as well as literature). Seek
• Guidance from parents balanced with your
“This is what I am. This is what I believe. I can do certain things, and some
I cannot do. This is reality, that is fantasy, this is possible, that is
impossible.” Don Miguel Ruiz
- Research and understand the costs of post-
secondary programs and training.
If you live at home and go to Langara it will
cost $4000 but if you live in rez at UBC it
will cost $17,000.
Who is paying for your education?
So, can you afford to move out?
Scholarships & Bursaries
Major entrance scholarships from universities are based on merit or
excellence in a particular area. Your personal profile should be
academic excellent and also leadership and service.
- involvement and achievements in school and/or the community
- athletics, and fine arts in graphics, music, drama, and theatre
- student government, academic competitions, volunteer activities
and other endeavors.
AUTOMATIC AWARDS - No Need to Apply!
Automatic awards are offered to students based on the 2nd interim
or final report card so a separate awards application is not necessary.
These awards are based on very high grades in your admission
courses – usually over 90%.
Open to all students providing they meet the criteria of the award.
Students must apply for these awards. These awards can be from
post-secondary institutions but also unions, and private and public
organizations. Examples are the Envision Scholarship or the Delta
Hospital Foundation Scholarship. Lists of open awards are on the
Career Centre website: http://fc.deltasd.bc.ca/~tlfoster/ Go to
Scholarships and Bursaries, then Researching Awards.
BURSARIES AND STUDENT LOANS
Open to all students who are in real need of financial assistance and
who have maintained a good academic record. Students must apply
for this assistance. Evidence of financial need is required as well as
meeting special requirements or qualifications set out by the bursary
donor. Filling out a Provincial Government Loan Package will increase
your chances of receiving a bursary.
Student Loan Packages are available on-line at
http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/studentaidbc/welcome.htm and are
usually filled out and submitted by June 30 for a September post-
Of course academic performance is very important when applying for admission to university or college.
But more and more faculties within the post-secondary institute require personal profiles.
A personal profile is an assessment of your additional achievements and contributions outlined in a
resume or essay.
Include: your background, education and goals, leadership activities, abilities,
participation and contributions to your school and/or community.
Demonstrated leadership and/or achievements in one or more of the following areas:
Arts (performing, visual, music and writing)
Community leadership and involvement
Career progression – what skills (from your part-time job) can you connect to the
faculty to which you are applying – remember Employability Skills – page 6B of your
Grad Transition Plan.
Tone: the tone of the resume or essay should reflect your personal views on why you committed time
and energy to these activities. Hence, why did you contribute and what did you learn from it? How did
this experience shape your vision of what you want from life? What have you learned and how does it
make you suitable for the faculty to which you are applying?
You want the reader to feel grateful that you shared your experiences with them. The selection
committee will be looking for content and suitability but they will be influenced by style. Now is the time
to use all those excellent essay-writing skills you have acquired over the last 13 years of school. Aren’t
you glad you have the “Grad Transitions” as a guide??
What Do I Do Now?
WE WORK VERY HARD TO COMMUNICATE WITH STUDENTS:
Career Centre website
English 12 class visits
Parent Connect/Student Connect
P.A. /TV Monitors
The Career Centre is open M – TH from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 604-943-7407
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Load FirstClass on to your home computer
www.careercruising.com (sdss, careers)
The application process starts in October. Yikes!
PARENTS AS CAREER COACHES
♦ Engage in productive career discussions
♦Understand today’s labour market
♦ Explore education and work options
♦ Become a coach and ally for your teen!
WHERE: HOW TO REGISTER:
Delta Secondary (Ladner) Library
ID: 9905 Monday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm 1. BY PHONE – 604-940-5550:
1 session March 7 Fee: $30 With Visa, American Express, or Mastercard
South Delta Secondary (Tsawwassen) Library 2. ON-LINE REGISTRATION:
ID: 9906 Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm http://ConnectandLearn.deltasd.bc.ca.
1 session March 10 Fee: $30
3. IN PERSON:
Seaquam Secondary Library Continuing Education Office,
ID: 9908 Monday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm 4750 - 57th Street, Ladner
1 session March 14 Fee: $30 Office Hours: Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Delview Secondary Library Yvette Livingstone, Career and Post-sec Advisor is the
ID: 9907 Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm instructor.
1 session March 17 Fee: $30