Post Secondary Education
What do you need to Graduate
Since Georges Vanier is in Ontario, when you graduate from Georges Vanier you’ll receive an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma). In order to get the diploma, you’ll require these courses.
You need 4 main components to get your OSSD. These components are:
18 Compulsary Credits
You need these 15 Credits:
Plus 1 Credit from each of the following groups:
*A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative
12 Optional Credits
|Choose any other courses
offered at Georges Vanier.
40 Hours of Community Involvement
|Students require a minimum of forty hours of community involvement to develop awareness of community and civic responsibility. Your guidance counsellor from the Guidance Office can provide a list of possible types of volunteer work that would qualify for the forty hour requirement.|
Pass Grade 10 Literacy Test
|A standardized literacy test will be given to all grade ten students and must be passed in order to receive a diploma.|
Applying to Colleges and Universities in Fall 08
Deadline: January 14, 2009, but don’t wait until the last minute as the website gets flooded in the final days
Check the individual universities and programs to which you are applying for further requirements. Many programs require an essay, reference letters, interviews and even auditions.
Students applying to a U.S. College and want information on writing the SAT should go to www.collegeboard.com
Apprenticeship is a very viable post-secondary pathway. Many students show an aptitude for the skilled trades. These careers are in high demand in our economy.
Students who enter the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) go through a program of classroom study and practical work placements. There are typically 3 or 4 study and work cycles. While on the job the students are paid, and their pay increases with each subsequent work cycle.
Sectors for the Skilled Professions
Skills Canada Assembly
An assembly is being planned for January 28, 2009, in which Skills Canada will outline the various job sectors and explain the OYAP application and training process. Information will also be given about our co-operative education program at Mowat.
Students who are interested in the skilled trades should consider applying for our co-op in order to gain practical work experience in their field of interest. These students should also try to select subjects that relate to their chosen field.
Deadline: February 1, 2009, don’t wait until the last moment to apply. Applications after the deadline will still be considered on a first come, first served basis.
Allows you to apply for up to 5 programs, with a maximum of 3 per college
The World of Work is another viable post-secondary pathway. Many students decide to enter the workplace directly from high school. These students often have some experience through evening, weekend or summer employment.
Students who wish to enter the workplace should try to choose subjects in high school that match their job interests.
Co-op is certainly a recommended course as it allows the student to engage in a practical work experience and learn skills such as resume writing and job interview skills, which will serve them well when applying for a job. At Sir Oliver Mowat C. I. we offer either a 2 credit or 4 credit Co-op.
There are many agencies and websites that offer job search services.
JobLoft.com is a fairly new web site for doing job searches. It seems to be growing in popularity with employers as it has many entries. One of the strengths of this web site is it sorts jobs by location-a benefit for students looking for work close to home or school.
Students should also check with guidance for information about the Job Connections work fair in the spring.
Please see a guidance counsellor for more information or help with post-secondary choices.
Careers and Choices?
You can find out more about careers and future choices at the careers and choices page.