1 Spring 2014 newsletter SCHOOL COLLEGE WORK INITIATIVE What s Inside? SWAC programs continue to grow in range and popularity. Students celebrate and discuss the opportunities to re-shape their lives and career goals in Dual Credit Programs Forums bring teachers at College and High School levels together to share ideas, strategies and innovations At last year s highly successful symposium at Humber College, Mary Jean Gallagher, Assistant Deputy Minister for Student Success Programs, compared the dual credit programs to a conveyor belt, providing passage and pathways to students all over Ontario who might otherwise limit their options and their future. These cornerstone programs are moving thousands of young people into careers that offer opportunity, meaning, dignity and success. Student participation grew by over 2,500 last year and success rates are growing steadily. Regular day programs are complemented now by increasing numbers of summer SWAC opportunities. The success of dual credit programs is a bold reflection of the creativity, commitment and dedication of teachers, instructors, school boards and colleges who are forging new partnerships that support innovation and opportunity for young people of all backgrounds and interests. In that spirit, we hope you enjoy some of the new changes to our logo and format of the newsletter. Within, you will see the breadth of activities and programs offered by colleagues and peers, and read stories that highlight the wonderful work of our 16 RPTs. Enjoy. SCHOOL COLLEGE WORK INITIATIVE Co-Management Team SCWI/CODE Frank Kelly, Project Manager, David Armstrong, Project Officer District School Boards Martyn Beckett, Durham DSB, Céline Cadieux, CSDC de l est Ontarien, Julian Hanlon, Ottawa CSB, Cathi Siemieniuk, Lakehead DSB Colleges Judith Morris, Lambton College, Jim Madder, Confederation College, Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan College, Chris Whitaker, Humber College, Linda Cloutier, La Cité Ministry of Education (Student Success/Learning to 18 Strategic Policy Branch) Sandra Bickford, Director( Acting) Phil Hedges, Education Officer, Ministère de l Éducation/Ministère de la Formation et des Collèges et Universités Lynn Gritanni, Agente d éducation, Unité du continuum de l apprentissage en langue française, Direction des politiques et programmes d`éducation en langue française, Division de l éducation en langue française, de l éducation autochtone et de la recherche Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Virginia Hatchette, Director, Lindsay Jones, Manager Discover SCHOOL I COLLEGE I WORK at: Newsletter I Spring 2014 I 1
2 Educators, Entrepreneurs and Enterprising Youth November 2014 saw SCWI Project Officer David Armstrong invited to the Graphic Design Program at Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School, where, along with Susan McPhedran (Dual Credit Coordinator) and teacher Chuck Temple, student designer Tommy Beke was honoured for his winning design for the new SCWI/IJECT logo. His work (pictured here in French and elsewhere in English) combines simplicity, elegance and imagination to represent the linkages that have made SCWI a province-wide success. Teacher Chuck Temple has forged landmark partnerships with M&T Printing and owner Dean Froome to provide industry-standard learning opportunities for students in the world of professional printing and design. The partnership has evolved so well that in February, Mr. Froome and M&T provided a fully equipped professional classroom in their company, where students assume design project work in a fully realized professional environment while completing their credits at Bishop MacDonell. It was through this unique partnership that student Tommy Beke was able to design and realize his vision for SCWI. We are proud for him and for the outstanding linkages that have evolved through the hard work and trust developed between M&T and the school. As Chuck Temple says the students post-secondary application portfolios were good before M&T invested in the program. Now, they will be exceptional. Tommy Beke s work is just one example of what results when educators and business leaders work together for young people. Cambrian Hosts Aboriginal Visitors 27 FNMI participants from the Sudbury Catholic District School Board participated in a dual credit information session at Cambrian College. They learned about the many dual credit opportunities available to them, as well as learned about the support services available through the Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services. Wabnode staff led an interactive workshop and tour of the facility. Our students speak: I really liked being able to take a college program while I was still in high school.
3 What is SCWI? The School College Work Initiative is a co-operative effort with a mandate to assist in creating a seamless transition for students from secondary school to college. In addition to a wide array of learning and awareness opportunities for students, teachers, parents and the wider community, projects have been developed to provide dual credit programs for secondary students through the partnership of secondary schools and colleges. In 2011, a site designed for RPT chairs and staff was redesigned, it is available at This site is regularly updated and reviewed. Please feel free to submit items or videos of interest to your professional colleagues to Michael Smith at A collaboration of the Council of Directors of Education (CODE) and the Committee of College Presidents (COP), SCWI is jointly funded by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. What is Go to College? Go to College is a joint partnership between Colleges and secondary schools which invites students at-risk who have not completed the requirements for their OSSD graduation to combine secondary credit courses with college courses of interest. In this way students are re-engaged and have the opportunity to earn credits toward secondary graduation while experiencing college courses. These partnerships may involve students attending both their local high school and a community college, or SWAC (School within a College) programs. These programs are fully sponsored by the Council of Directors of Education (CODE) and the Committee of College Presidents (COP), SCWI is jointly funded by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. A website built primarily for use by students and parents was launched in 2011 at Videos, photos, or good news articles of interest to the primary target group (students and parents) may be sent directly to Michael Smith Dual Credit Opportunities and Awards at Sheridan College Rick Hansen student, Patrick Vivacqua with his instructor Randy Abel receiving the Dedication to Learning Award in the TTOP Electrical program at Sheridan College: Skills Training Centre. Rick Hansen student, Kevin Zettler with his instructor Jeff Ruigrok receiving the Leadership and Excellence Award in the TTOP Plumbing program at Sheridan College: Skills Training Centre. Dual Credit Bursaries at Seneca College Seneca presented 16 Dual Credit bursaries worth $1,000 each to secondary school students who have successfully completed a dual credit course and are now enrolled in a full-time program at the College. The Dual Credit program part of the School of Liberal Arts and Academic Partnerships School-College-Work Initiative allows secondary students to earn a credit toward their secondary school diploma and a College subject in order to support successful transitions to a postsecondary institution and to encourage college pathways. Ravina Budhooram, one of the recipients of the $1,000 scholarship, was recently profiled in the Toronto Star and talked about her experience in the program. She graduated from Bayview Secondary School with three Seneca credits and is now studying in the Hospitality Management - Hotel and Restaurant program. Discover SCHOOL I COLLEGE I WORK at: Newsletter I Spring 2014 I 3
4 Highlights from in SCWI In , 17,500 students were provided with expanded learning opportunities through 513 approved Dual Credit programs. Approximately 2,900 students participated in 40 School Within a College programs involving 20 colleges and 44 boards. This year, Summer School Within a College expanded to nine sites with 197 student participants. Stand-alone summer dual credits were added in Two hundred students participated in 17 programs at 10 colleges. In , the sixteen Regional Planning Teams also received SCWI approval for 98 activities and regional forums. Over 28,000 students, teachers, college faculty and administrators participated in these opportunities. For seventeen years, the School College Work Initiative has continued to bring college and school board students in their secondary school studies and facilitate the transition to postsecondary learning for thousands of Ontario students. The growth of the initiative could not have occurred without the commitment and vision of school board and college leaders across this province. Introduction to the Construction Trades Dual Credit Partnerships Developing dual credit programs has been challenging at times but these programs have also been life altering for students. Student numbers continue to grow as the opportunities continue to expand, particularly with more summer program offerings. This past summer Sheridan College and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic Secondary Board partnered to provide a summer dual credit program for students interested in learning a little more about various trades. Introduction to Construction Trades provided students with a means to learn about framing, electrical, plumbing, drywall, taping and roofing trades while earning dual credits. The students spent each July morning in labs with instructors who passed along valuable course content, skill development and life lessons. The philosophy behind dual credit courses has been to focus on providing opportunities to change; from having no plan to making and following a plan, plans that lead to concrete goals and a wide range of career opportunities that offer gainful and rewarding employment. Students in the Introduction to Construction Trades program have amply demonstrated that these changes continue to happen through dual credit programs. Students who completed these courses, felt they had more direction in life, more knowledge about college programs and better understanding of themselves and how they want to learn. Thanks to Chris Pearson, project manager for the School Work Initiative at Sheridan College, for his work in providing these opportunities.
5 Success Matters! Amy Arsenault is a shining example of how Success Matters! Amy is a graduate of the Centre for Success, run jointly by Durham College and the Durham District School Board. She is currently a full-time Durham College student in the Child & Youth Worker Program. Prior to attending the Centre for Success, Amy s educational experience consisted of hospital stays, home schooling, and schooling in the hospital, multiple surgeries, and physical, mental and academic struggles. There were so many times that Amy just wanted to give up. She is so thankful she didn t! Upon entering the Centre for Success at Durham College she realized that her dreams of going to college full-time were within her reach. She felt more engaged in her own personal learning because she could see herself succeeding and going somewhere after high school. The Centre for Success helped her to become accountable for completing her school work and assignments. For the first time, she understood the value of her work and where it could lead her. Amy s high school teacher, Joseph Stellpflug, was an important mentor. He understood and was accommodating of her personal situation. With his help and support, Amy earned nine secondary school credits in one semester while working part-time and going through surgery mid-way through the semester. Being a graduate of the Centre for Success has made Amy s transition to full-time Durham college student an easy one; she feels at home here. Amy knows her way around the college and she knows what the college expectations are after completing her Psychology and History of Popular Music dual credits last year. She is the first one in her family to not only graduate from high school, but to go on to college. Her goal is to help children facing issues similar to what she went through. Amy plans on continuing her education in Music and Art Therapy as this helped her through her personal experiences. Amy is a true inspiration for all. Changes and Growth in Grand River Grand River Region has undergone several changes in the last year or so but they have managed to rise to the occasion and introduce some new programs and delivery methods for dual credits that have met the needs of their students. The SWAC programs are still viable and a new Trades program was introduced at Fanshawe College, Simcoe campus for semester 2. Mohawk College has expanded into the secondary schools for team taught programs and college taught programs through Continuing Education with both Grand Erie DSB and Brant Norfolk Haldimand Catholic DSB. New programs include a Cayuga language program taught at Ohsweken in the Six Nations territory; a welding program at Valley Heights Secondary school to meet the needs of the Mennonite farm community and a Personal Support Worker Program with the Alternative Ed. program. Team taught courses are being delivered at the secondary schools in Hairstyling, Construction, Manufacturing and Hospitality. Students are enrolled in approved SHSM programs that include the college delivered course and students in college delivered OYAP programs in Auto Service technician and Cook level 1 are also earning dual credits. The feedback from the students is positive and the DC teachers have enthusiastically embraced these delivery models. This increase in student numbers is due to the dedication of both the college and secondary teachers without whom the programs would not be successful. Our students speak: I enjoyed how fast time can fly when you re working in the shop and can see myself in a workplace environment like this in the future... Discover SCHOOL I COLLEGE I WORK at: Newsletter I Spring 2014 I 5
6 Dual Credits and Second Chances Just one year ago Sarah Pitre was failing a couple of courses and was bored with high school. Today she is in her third month of classes at Durham College. Sarah is animated and engaged when describing her plans for the immediate future but last year at this time, she was skipping class and felt she was wasting time in school. A lot of what we were being taught was irrelevant, the rules were ludicrous and socially it was not pleasant. One of her teachers, Mr. Peckman, suggested she consider the Centre for Success at Durham College. It changed her life. With the support and guidance of Gail Mackenzie and the Centre for Success, her teacher, Tanya Berezuk and her own ambition and drive, Sarah was accepted at Durham College and is now headed towards a successful career in Nursing. Local Elementary Students Compete in Vikings Den at Young Women Innovators Conference Kingston, ON St. Lawrence College, in partnership with the Algonquin and Lakeshore CDSB and the Limestone District School Board, hosted the St. Lawrence College Young Women Innovators Conference on Thursday, April 3, The event brought together 100 girls in grades 7 and 8 to learn about the many post-secondary opportunities available and explore possible careers as they transition to secondary education. Students divided into groups led by students from St. Lawrence College s ENACTUS team. After a morning of activities focused on creative thinking and innovative problem solving, students toured the Limestone Skills Competition. In the afternoon, the young women competed themselves in the Vikings Den, pitching their teams best business idea to a group of local female business leaders, in a format similar to CBC s Dragons Den television show. This one-day enrichment opportunity was supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, College & University s School College Work Initiative, SCWI, and was developed by PASS (Partnering to Achieve Student Success), the regional planning team made up of eastern Ontario s three colleges and nine local school boards. SWAC Attack at Humber North Connecting GTA Teachers, with the support of SCWI, held a forum on May 8 th, 2014 at Humber in north Toronto that focused on School Within A College or SWAC programs. The goals of the forum were to provide secondary schools with the greater insight into the value of SWAC by focusing on why the program was effective in helping students in their transition to post secondary plans; why and how to support student self advocacy; and successes students experienced - on many levels - because of the SWAC program. David Armstrong, project officer from SCWI, provided a provincial perspective on the variety of SWAC programs which generated some lively dialogue during the lunch break. Guest speakers included two dynamic women from George Brown College: Brenda Pipitone, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and Diana McIntryre, Coordinator of Student Academic Success Initiatives. Their passion for their work with Student Success projects was inspiring to hear and gave insight into the question why do it?. Secondary school students, SWAC teachers and college instructors who taught courses to SWAC students were able to give voice to key concerns, promising practices and insight into what makes the program work for students. The agenda provided a very worthwhile day of learning for all registrants.
7 16 Regional Planning Teams Busy in REGIONAL PLANNING TEAM 1 Cambrian Secondary School/College Strategic Planning Committee PARTNERS: Sudbury Catholic District School Board Rainbow District School Board Cambrian College FORUMS Cambrian Horizons A College Experience for Indigenous Youth Four-day college experience for First Nation students and their chaperones from remote communities who stay in the college s residences. They participate in workshops profiling college programs, social events that highlight life in a larger city, and cultural activities that introduce the support services available to First Nations students. Dual Credit Teacher Forum An evening event that will bring together college instructors, college staff, and dual credit teachers. We will be discussing dual credit statistics, winter deliveries, explaining the SCWI code, reviewing policies and procedures, and grading. There will be strategy sharing and connecting between new instructors and instructors that have worked with dual credits previously. We will also discuss the orientation and important communication pieces that need to be relayed to students. ACTIVITIES Technology Day with Elementary School Students During this full-day event, 150 grade 7 and 8 students participate in fun and engaging activities designed to spark interest in technology careers through the offering of several interactive and hands-on workshops. Participants have the opportunity to speak to faculty, current students and graduates about the programs and the industry in general. Exploring Education Pathways for Students in Grade 7-8 This is a two evening session intended for students in Grades 7 and 8, and their parents. The first session is with parents only and the second evening is with parents and their children. Secondary school guidance personnel, college staff and faculty provide parents with the tools and information to support their child through career clarification and course selection during high school. Tools will include discussion, hands on activities and computer based learning. Parents will leave with homework that is to be completed with their children upon their return for the second session. They will follow up on the learning from Week 1 with an interactive evening of discussion and activities. Connecting Science/Technology and College Pathway As part of the Let s Talk Science Partnership Program, student representatives from Cambrian College will visit grade 7 and 8 classrooms to deliver hands-on science and technology workshops related directly to the grade 7 and 8 curriculum in order to spark interest in science and technology. The benefits of this program include: an appreciation for science in everyday life; the opportunity to participate in real world science, the experience of innovative activities; and the opportunity to interact with positive role models. Dual Credit Information Session for FNMI students This activity is geared towards self-identified FNMI students and will be for two-hours. Students will participate in a tour of Wabnode and meet with the advisors of the Centre. They will also participate in an interactive activity with the staff. A presentation on dual credits will occur and there will be an opportunity for students to have their questions answered with regards to dual credits. The goal is to help increase dual credit participation, and showcase the amazing supports available for FNMI students at our Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services. The intention is to increase FNMI participation in dual credits and to help with retention and success rates for students that will register for a dual credit in the future. DUAL CREDIT PROGRAMS College Connection I In this course, students will examine the skills and techniques that can lead to success in college. By examining and applying a variety of strategies known to improve learning, students will discover which are most relevant and useful, and how mastering them can positively help future studies. In addition, students will be provided with the opportunity to improve self-awareness and to set goals. College Connection II In this course, students will have the opportunity to continue improving selfawareness and to set goals. The students will also continue to examine their strengths and weaknesses, learning preferences and identify which learning strategies work best for their academic success. Students will experience hands on learning opportunities and resources that will provide insight into the career decision-making process. **Note It is not required to take College Connection I as it is not a prerequisite to this course. Math Foundations It has been noted that many students are struggling with the math course requirements when they become regular post-secondary students. This course has been designed as a pilot project with our newly enhanced SWAC program to offer an opportunity to At Risk, Disengaged Students with the potential to succeed, to successfully complete a math credit that will better prepare them for further studies in the trades. This model will be delivered on Cambrian s campus at our SWAC, operated by the Rainbow Board, in a teamtaught delivery model. Although this course will be delivered through our SWAC, we will also provide this course option to students from both Boards and from other secondary schools who wish to participate. Exploring Digital Photography In this course, students will be introduced to basic digital photographic skills including: camera controls for proper exposures, camera parts and accessories and their uses, photographic theory, composition, basic digital photographic editing, and electronic flash. The history of photography will be explored. Discussions on the relationship existing between the worlds of Graphic Design and Photography will be conducted. Exploring Art and Design In this course, students will develop an overview of art and design career options through a process of portfolio development. Students will discover the various skills required for the variety of careers available in the art and design professions. The students will work on projects spanning the continuum from traditional arts and crafts to leading edge technical applications using digital media. Exploring Early Childhood Education In this course, students will examine the principles of creating indoor and outdoor learning environments. Students will also identify specific inclusions for both indoor and outdoor play. An important component in the development of creative learning environments is the child s play. Students will examine the historical understandings of play and stages of play in detail. Exploring Corrections In this course, students will examine community-based programs for both adult and young persons from alternatives to incarceration to conditional release and the impact of public attitudes on support for such programs. Emphasis is also given to victims, restorative justice and the process of reintegration for special offender populations. Students will also have an opportunity to assess career alternatives through discussions with guest speakers from the community corrections system. Discover SCHOOL I COLLEGE I WORK at: Newsletter I Spring 2014 I 7
8 Exploring Developmental Services In this course, students will learn strategies suited to the unique needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities & acquired brain injury, who have limited communication skills. Students will learn basic skills in the use of manual signs and natural gesture to support communication and encourage and support language development in children and adults with communication difficulties. Students will also learn the principles of developing and using a variety of picture communication symbol tools. Students will also examine other forms of communication such as Braille, Makaton, Bliss Symbolics and Amerindian Gestural Code. Exploring Metal Fabricator (Fitter) and Welder This program will focus on the skills required for welding fabrication common core with an emphasis on hands-on skills development. This is being offered as an exploring option this year and will be used as a proactive tool and a bridge to the Metal Fabricator (Fitter) and Welder Level 1 Apprenticeship Commercial Vehicle and Heavy Equipment Heavy Duty Level 1 Apprenticeship This program focuses on the skills required for Commercial Vehicle and Heavy Equipment common core with an emphasis on hands-on skills development. Students are able to explore the trade or register through OYAP as a Level 1 apprentice. General Carpenter Level 1 Apprenticeship Completion of this program will provide students with two secondary school credits as well as the basic in-school Level 1 training of the apprenticeship. This program will focus on the skills required in carpentry with an emphasis on hands-on skills development. Students are able to explore the trade or register through OYAP as a Level 1 apprentice. Videography Team Taught The goal of this dual credit option is to introduce students to videography. Students will learn to shoot, light and edit video to create a variety of forms of video storytelling. This dual credit links to the Arts and Culture, Visual Arts and Communication, and Business SHSM programs. This course will be offered in one of our school board partner schools in the Fall semester and will be offered in one of our other school board partner schools in the Winter semester. training, with an emphasis on workplace safety. Students will be trained on the proper usage of various hand and power tools, while studying topic areas that include an overview of gear and lever systems, combustion engines and truss design for buildings and bridges. Exploring Careers in Trades The goal of this dual credit offering is to introduce students to trades and the various career options available. Students will explore such disciplines as carpentry, heavy equipment, welding and electrical. In this course, students will develop an understanding of the roles and requirements of professions that require skilled tradespersons and technicians in our highly industrialized society. Specific skill sets and job conditions will be studied for individual trades and technology fields, and employment outlooks will be examined. Students will also explore resume writing and job searching techniques, and confidence in interview situations will be cultivated. A major component of this course will provide the opportunity for PRT1009 students to shadow courses in a variety of Cambrian s trade and technology programs, in order to focus their future studies to a suited career. Summer SWAC - Exploring Digital Photography The goal of this dual credit offering is to introduce students to basic digital photography skills, to explore the history of photography and look at relationships between graphic design and photography. This summer offering also includes secondary school courses being made available to the students but delivered at Barrydowne College. In particular students will have an opportunity to complete their mandatory senior level credit in English, Math or on-line OSSLC (with peer support provided). This program runs 9 hours/week from July 2 - August 7. SCHOOL WITHIN A COLLEGE Barrydowne College (SWAC) Students who have become disengaged from the traditional methods of education will benefit from the Rainbow District School Board s SWAC program being offered in partnership with Cambrian College within the Barrydowne campus. This alternative setting, with small class sizes and individualized curriculum, focuses on active learning practices, the development of critical thinking skills and hands-on activities. Students in this program are encouraged to participate in dual credit programming as it provides smooth transition into college due to their current presence at Cambrian. Introduction to Mining The goal of this dual credit offering is to introduce students to the various aspects of a career in mining. In this course, students will acquire a basic understanding, and be able to describe the primary operating functions and equipment utilized in Canadian surface and underground mining operations. Students will examine a number of common ore extraction and mine development techniques and will demonstrate that they understand basic mining industry concepts and terminology. Students will be able to solve simple grade control problems, productivity rates, and three dimensional problems. This dual credit supports the Mining SHSM and the Business SHSM. Introduction to Health Sciences In this course, students will develop a basic understanding of the health care system and the various professions in the multi-disciplinary health care team. This program allows students to explore various health science programs including: Medical Radiation Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Paramedic, and Physical Fitness and Leisure Management. Exploring Rock Music and Culture Rock Music and Culture blends musical commentary into a historical and social framework as it traces the development of rock music from its roots in Country, Blues, and Gospel to today s most popular bands. Students will experience firsthand the defining characteristics of rock styles and develop the ability to make connections between the popular music of yesterday and today. Applied Technology I In this course, students will have the opportunity to develop technical skills that will serve as a strong basis for successful entry into today s trades and technology environments. This introductory course will combine theoretical and hands-on Contact: Jean-Guy Robichaud, Cambrian College , ext