Career Life Education 10 

Career Life Connections

Career Life Connections is a mandatory 4 credit requirement for High School Graduation in the province of British Columbia. Career Life Connections is intended to prepare students for successful transition to life after high school.   CAREER LIFE CONNECTIONS PROGRAM HAS THREE MAIN COMPONENTS:​ 

  • Career and Life – students will create a transition plan that will help them to set goals for post-secondary education and career pursuits, using the online platform myBlueprint:; 
  • Personal Health – maintain a personal health plan (including nutrition and emotional wellness considerations) and participate in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity throughout their Grade 10-12 years.
  • Community Connections – students must document 30 hours of community work or volunteer experience and reflect on their employability skills.

What is Career Life Connections?

  • The Career Life Connections (CLC) Program is intended to prepare students for a successful transition to life after secondary school. It is a graduation requirement for all BC students and is worth 4 credits towards graduation. CLC encourages students to:
  • take ownership of their own health and learning
  • examine and demonstrate connections between their learning and their future
  • create a plan for their growth and development as skilled, healthy, knowledgeable and participating citizens

Students are responsible for planning and preparing their education, career, and life goals through CLC. As well as creating an online portfolio, students will develop and present a capstone to a panel.


The CLC capstone presentation is an opportunity for students to reflect on their knowledge and abilities and plan for life after graduation. The capstone will include information on the students work exploration, life after high school, and how they have shown growth in the BC Core Competencies.

Work Experience 12

WEX 12 is a 4 credit course designed to help students prepare for the transition from secondary school to the world of work. Through work experience, students observe and practice employability skills required in the workplace, as well as technical and applied skills relating to specific occupations. This course is done outside of the timetable; credit is given at the end of the student’s grade 12 year when they have completed the 120 hours of work experience and the related evaluations and reflective assignments. This work can be arranged with the Work Experience Coordinator (Mrs. Jongenburger) or can be done as part of a job that is approved and evaluated by the Coordinator. WEX 12 is also a requirement for all SD34 Career Programs.

Youth Work in Trades

Youth Work in Trades is an opportunity for students who are working in a trade and supervised by a qualified tradesperson to receive credits toward graduation while working. Each 120 hours worked and logged will earn 4 credits, to a maximum of 16 credits for 480 hours. Students can use these hours towards the 900 hours required by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) by December of their Graduation Year to qualify for a $1000 scholarship. Students interested in this opportunity should meet with Mrs. Jongenburger, the Career Facilitator, for help with registering for this program as a Youth Apprentice. Work hours can be completed during summer and other vacations, after school or weekends, or during a semester of working while the student is away from school.

Courses are numbered WRK 11A, WRK 11B, WRK 12A, WRK 12B. Each has the requirement of 120 hours of paid work supervised by a qualified journeyperson. More information can be found at

Secondary Apprenticeships

If you are working in a skilled trade, you may be eligible to become  a Secondary School Apprentice.

Students who participate in the SSA program have an opportunity to earn:

  • Four courses (16 credits) toward graduation
  • Money while acquiring a skill
  • Valuable work experience
  • A $1,000 scholarship

The Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) is a high school program that provides students 15 years of age or older with the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship while still in high school. Through this program, students get a head start on a trade while completing secondary school graduation requirements.  Like other apprentices, Secondary School Apprentices are responsible for finding an employer who will hire them and commit to their training as a sponsor.

Note that it is possible for students to take part in both the Secondary School Apprenticeship and ACE IT program.