Edition: Focus on Careers November 2016 Newsletter
In this edition
• Draft Careers Curriculum 10-12 available on BC Curriculum website
• Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program (TYCEP)
• External Credentials Program survey
• Coding training update
• WorkBC improves job search interface
• Discovery Skills BC newsletter
• Report: Career education in Canada
• Applied Design, Skills and Technology Draft Curriculum on-line
• Changes to Graduation Years requirements starting in 2016/17
• Useful links
• Contact list of Ministry of Education Career & Skills staff
Career Education Society (CES)
River Rock Resort, Richmond, BC
November 21-22, 2016
Learning Forward 2016 Annual Conference
Vancouver Convention Centre
December 3-7, 2016
BC Alternate Educators Association
Challenge and Change 2017
Sheraton Wall Centre
February 15-17, 2017
Teachers of Inclusive Education of BC
Sheraton Vancouver Airport
February 23-24, 2017
#BC Tech Summit
Vancouver Convention Centre
March 14-15, 2017
Some links that educators might find helpful - not a comprehensive list.
BC Ministry of Education – Career & Skills Training
Work Experience – WEX 12A/B
Secondary School Apprenticeship – SSA 11A/B; SSA 12A/B
Skills Exploration 10-12 – STX 10A/B; STX 11A/B; STX 12A/B (This guide is currently under revision and is expected to be updated by November 2016.)
Handbook of Procedures for the Graduation Program 2016/17
Grad Planner 2016/17
BC Dogwood Planner 2016/17
2016/17 Provincial Exam Schedule
Education Planner BC
ITA Youth Programs
ITA Educator Resources
WorkBC – Jobs & Careers
WorkBC - Career Educator Resources
Discovery Skills BC
Skills Canada BC
Ministry of Education
Custom Programs/Graduation Team
Executive Director, Custom Programs and Projects
Superintendent, Careers and Student Transitions
Superintendent, Graduation and Student Transitions
Director, Custom Programs and Projects
Shoulder Tappers, ACCESS Grants, ACE-It, SSA
Career Zones, Skills X 10-12, Trade Sampler, Workforce Certificate Course, Focus on Careers Newsletter
Adult Ed, Alternate Education, Literacy, Career Curriculum, Distributed Learning
Shoulder Tappers, Distributed Learning
Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program (TYCEP)
The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST), in liaison with the Industry Training Authority (ITA), have developed a Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program (YTCEP). The YTCEP is targeted to enable schools to purchase trades training equipment that is needed to support the delivery of one of the ITA’s Youth Trades Programs.
The objectives of the YTCEP are to:
• Gain a better understanding of current trades equipment inventory in each school district.
• Determine forecasted needs for additional trades equipment requirements in each school district.
• Increase participation and successful completion of youth trades programs and the number of students who continue on to further trades training programs.
• Ensure school districts have safe and appropriate modern trades equipment to support the delivery of the ITA’s Youth Trades Programs.
• Provide capital resources for school districts to develop and implement innovative trades training within the ITA’s Youth Trades Programs.
A partial list of the types of requests that will be eligible for funding are;
• Capital investments for additional new equipment, replacement of older obsolete existing equipment, or repair of existing equipment (i.e. there will be consideration given to a funding investment towards the repair of existing equipment if that is the most practical and cost effective option).
• Tools (i.e. power, hand, pneumatic, cordless).
• Heavy machinery (i.e. car hoists, table saws, kitchen equipment).
• Trades equipment (i.e. work tables, benches, toolbox, stoves, and small ware).
• Ventilation equipment (i.e. woodshop sawdust collector, cooktop ventilation system).
The YTCEP will be administered through a call for proposals. Project announcements and funding confirmation will be provided to school districts in February/March 2017, with the expectation that school districts will execute on the supported projects in the months immediately following.
Should you have any questions regarding the YTCEP submission process, please contact your respective EDUC Capital Planning Officer at Capital Division Contact List.
External Credentials Program survey
The Ministry of Education is working to redesign the Grades 10-12 curriculum to help ensure students are learning in a way that connects them to the collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills that are so important after high school.
As part of this transformation, the Ministry is also undertaking a review of the External Credentials Program to ensure alignment with the broader changes with the curriculum, such as the principle of flexibility. As well, we would like to assess stakeholders’ familiarity with the EC program in British Columbia and gauge the value and accessibility of the program.
We hope to reach many of our stakeholders, so we invite you to share the following survey link with current and former students, parents, and colleagues:
The survey will remain open until November 30, 2016. Results will inform our review of the EC Program and recommendations for future program design, which will be communicated next year.
Should you have any questions, please contact me directly or Jennifer Beyea, Graduation and Certification Coordinator, at Jennifer.Beyea@gov.bc.ca.
WorkBC improves job search interface
WorkBC now features an improved job search interface that optimizes search results. The improvements include the ability to further filter and find or post jobs of interest.
• Functionality that allows jobseekers and employers to select new customization fields: BC Major Projects, Aboriginal people, mature workers and persons with disabilities
• Improved list and map views for more accurate search results
• A design refresh to the search results and job posting pages
• Allows customers to more easily obtain and view relevant results
• Provides additional customization for employers and job seekers
• Connects jobseekers and employers to BC Major Projects
• Enables job seekers to find work by disseminating accurate and valuable labour market information
View the latest changes at WorkBC.ca/jobs
Changes to Graduation Years requirements starting in 2016/17
In 2016/2017 there will be changes to exams to align with the redesigned Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum.
This is what it means for students entering Grades 10-12 in the 2016/2017 school year:
Grade 10 students will:
• Follow most of the current Graduation Program requirements
• Take a Math 10, a Language Arts 10 and Science 10, with classroom assessments
• Take Social Studies 11 (or equivalent), with classroom assessments instead of provincial exam
• Write a provincial math skills assessment and a provincial literacy assessment before graduation
Grade 11 students will:
• Have completed a Math 10, a Language Arts 10 and Science 10 or equivalent and written the provincial exams
• Meet Social Studies graduation requirements with classroom assessments instead of a provincial exam
• Write a provincial literacy assessment before graduation
• Not write the new provincial math skills assessment
Grade 12 students will:
• Finish all the current Graduation Program requirements
• Have completed a Math 10, a Language Arts 10, Science 10 and Social Studies 11 (or equivalent) and have written provincial exams
• Take Language Arts 12 (or equivalent) and write the associated provincial exam
• Not write the new provincial literacy or provincial math skills assessments
• Students who have completed courses associated with discontinued exams by June 30, 2016 will have until June 2017 to write or re-write exams
• Students taking summer school during July and August 2016 will not be required to write provincial exams in Math 10, Language Arts 10, Science 10 and Social Studies 11 (or equivalent)
• Français langue première 10, Français langue première 12 and Français langue seconde immersion 12 provincial exam changes will be the same as their equivalents above
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies Draft 10-12 Curriculum available on-line
Click on the “What’s New” link – you will be taken to a page that contains information on "What is the Same? What is New?" Within that section there is a chart which shows old courses and the proposed new courses.
It is very important that teachers who are teaching the wide variety of courses within ADST take the opportunity to try out and then comment on the changes.
Feedback can be provided at: email@example.com
Draft Careers Curriculum 10-12 available on BC Curriculum website
Early networking is “meeting a new friend” at the elementary school level. Students in the grad years need to know what it means to “be in the world” and what is their “digital footprint”. All of these concepts are covered in the new career education curriculum. The entire draft curriculum, K-12, is finally available and up for feedback on the curriculum site!
This new curriculum further develops the big ideas that were present in the K-9 draft posted last year, and expands the curriculum to now include two complete graduation program courses called Career Life Education and Career Life Connections. These two proposed courses will be worth 4 credits each. Both will be full courses and will be graded. These courses will replace Planning 10 and Graduation Transitions.
The Career Life Connections course, the final course intended to be offered at the Grade 12 level, also includes a program guide on completing a Capstone Project.
These two new required courses will be set at the Grades 10-12 levels so there can be flexibility in which grades they are taught.
The draft curricula can be viewed at: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/
There is still time to provide feedback here.
Discovery Skills BC newsletter
Did you know that Discovery Skills BC has a newsletter? You can find it here.
Each month The Discovery Skills BC newsletter highlights a trade (electrical, welding, carpentry), a skill (coding), or a group (women). The stories are designed to be engaging and inspiring for students from a peer.
Career education in Canada
The Learning Partnership is a non-profit charity whose stated purpose is to “build collaborations between education, business and other stakeholders who care about ensuring our publicly funded education system is progressive, innovative and relevant so Canadian students are inspired to achieve personal and academic excellence”.
They have several research reports out, however, one that is particularly relevant entitled It’s Their Future: A Pan-Canadian Study of Career Education”. Reports can be accessed here.
Coding training update
Lighthouse Labs is putting the finishing touches on the coding Teacher Training Package and Student Learning Module, and making final arrangements with school districts for the teacher coding workshop sessions around the province. Here is the schedule:
1. Chilliwack, November 22-23 @ Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies, University of Fraser Valley
2. Vancouver, December 6-7 @ Microsoft (during Hour of Code week)
3. Kelowna, January 24-25 @ UBC Okanagan Innovative Learning Centre
4. Prince George, January 18-19 @ Innovation Central Society
5. Trail, February 21/22, @ MIDAS Makerspace
6. Victoria, February 14/15 @ UVic
Follow-up workshops with the same participants in the same locations will be held between March and November, 2017.
Please contact Mark Hawkes at Mark.Hawkes@gov.bc.ca.