EIPS Career Pathways

February 2022


Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Competencies achieved will allow students to make relevant connections with work and/or post-secondary training.

Our Mission: To provide authentic, relevant, and engaging career opportunities and foster growth and readiness for life after school.

Career Pathways Team- Ms. K. Oleksyn, Mr. F. Rempel and Mr. B. Spady

Contact us at: careerpathways@eips.ca

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High School Virtual Open House Dates

Ardrossan Jr Sr High Tuesday, February 15 6-8 pm

Bev Facey Community High Wednesday, February 9 6-8 pm

Fort Saskatchewan High Thursday, February 17 6-8 pm

Lamont High Tuesday, February 15 6-8 pm

Next Step Outreach Contact site for appointment

Salisbury Composite High Tuesday, February 8 6-8 pm

Strathcona Christian Secondary Tuesday, February 15 7-8 pm

Vegreville Composite High Tuesday February 15 5-7 pm

Reminder: February 1-28, 2022 EIPS Returning Student Registration

Women on the Cutting Edge of Scientific Breakthroughs

Mouminatou Barry is one of countless female innovators who prove that all people can make a contribution to science and technology.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February

Full and equal access and participation for women and girls in science. Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past decades, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science. The United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2015.



Wednesday, February 16th at 6PM: Forestry Virtual Showcase

CAREERS is pleased to offer you an opportunity to learn more about career options within the forestry sector. Featured topics will include the Junior Forest Ranger Program – Government of Alberta, traditional forestry career opportunities - Work Wild, non-traditional forestry career opportunities – Inside Education, and a forest industry representative.

Careers: Forest Ranger, Wildland Firefighter, Conservation Officer, Biologist, Silviculturist, Environmentalist, and Geomatics Specialist to name a few!


Let’s End the Myths of the Skilled Trades

Advocating for increased diversity, hiring apprentices, and aiming to reduce the stigma associated with skilled trades to establish a stronger workforce for the next generation.

Level Up! Virtual Career Exploration Event

Join Skills online on February 24 to discover careers and #LevelUp! This free career exploration event is for students, apprentices, teachers, guidance counsellors, parents and anyone interested in skilled trades! http://ow.ly/wpjX50HCTmI

Level Up! is a national, FREE, one-day interactive virtual career exploration event for high School and post-secondary Students, apprentices, teachers, guidance counsellors, parents and anyone interested in skilled trades or looking to get into skilled trades! Hosted by Skills Canada, this event features Provincial Skills organizations, industry, education partners and other stakeholders to provide an engaging and fun environment to learn about jobs that attendees may not have considered. Join us virtually on February 24th to discover careers!

Reasons you should register to attend

  • Learn about career and education pathways in the skilled trades and technologies
  • Take part in creative and innovative hands-on challenges
  • Visit over 40 industry and education partners at their virtual booths
  • Check out content on the virtual Skills for Success stage featuring industry and education experts
  • Learn about the 9 Skills for Success

Register for FREE today, and #LevelUpWithSkills 🙌 at skillscompetencescanada.vfairs.ca

WISEST Summer Research Program (SRP)

The WISEST Summer Research Program (SRP) is more than a summer job! Students finishing grade 11 work for six weeks as paid research assistants under the guidance and mentorship of the University of Alberta faculty members and graduate students. The program will take place July 4 - August 12, 2022.

The program experience gives students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in university and in science, engineering and technology fields. Students build their confidence to succeed in fields where their gender is underrepresented. WISEST accepts applications for: Young women and gender diverse students interested in science, engineering and technology. *Application deadline: 11:59 pm March 25, 2022

5 questions to ask yourself when planning a gap year

After you’ve decided to take a gap year, it can feel like there’s 101 things you need to consider before you start planning your year.

2022 Skills Canada Alberta Virtual Competition

As a reminder we’ve combined the regional and provincial competitions this year, but we have increased the numbers in each regionalized competition. We’re getting more contest descriptions posted everyday, thank you for your patience while we work with our volunteer committees.

Every year, the event brings together approximately 700 young people from across the province to compete in 45 trade and technology areas. The competition provides an opportunity for young Albertans studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested against exacting standards and against their peers. Students vie to win the honour of being crowned best in province in their chosen discipline, and for the opportunity to join Team Alberta for the Skills Canada National Competition.

Auto Body Technician Spotlight

Auto body technicians repair and replace damaged motor vehicle structures and body parts, and interior and exterior finishes. Duties and responsibilities vary in different branches of the trade in Alberta.

Explore School and Program Options

University or the trades? Diploma or degree? Workplace training or classroom learning?

Once you've identified a career direction and the education and training you need to make it a reality, your next step is to explore schools and programs. With over 2,000 post-secondary programs accredited and recognized in Alberta, you have many choices.


Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic Spotlight

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul industrial, commercial and residential refrigeration and air conditioning systems and their component parts.

Money Management Competition February 9-16

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This competition is an opportunity for Canadian middle and high school students to become more confident about money management and budgeting while having fun competing for their school. This competition will be based on the new bilingual Money Management and Budgeting Module by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC). We estimate that the module will take about an hour to complete. Modules can be done in one sitting or over a period of time. Students will create or log into their free accounts on chatterhigh.com and complete the Money Management module between Feb. 9-16.

Also coming up:

  • FCAC launches a second module on Feb. 17 called Managing My Money After High School (gr 9-12)
  • New Insurance Literacy module competition April 4-10
  • National Let's Talk Careers Competition starts on April 11 - May 20
  • Indigenous Services Canada launches a Indigenous History & Culture Module May 1
Medical Laboratory Technologist Spotlight

Medical laboratory technologists perform various lab tests and procedures to help doctors diagnose, monitor, treat and prevent disease and maintain heath.

YWITT Virtual Mentorship Series


February 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm |Free

Young Women in Trades and Technologies (YWITT) is a program designed to break barriers and give young women the opportunity and confidence to explore different career options in non-traditional skilled trades and technologies.

Registration is for female identifying students in grades 9-12. https://www.careersnextgen.ca/event/ywitt-virtual-mentorship-series-ict-and-forestry/

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND FORESTRY: ICT If you're interested in: Social Media and Communications, IT Maintenance, Junior Programming, Quality Control Testing, Hardware Engineering, Software Developer and explore Forestry Opportunities.

Esthetician Spotlight

Estheticians specialize in beautifying treatments for skin, face, and nails.

Pathway- What is electrical installations?

Electrical wiring is done by electricians who install, repair and maintain wiring, switches, conduits, circuit breakers, lighting and other apparatus in buildings and other structures. They need electronics knowledge and trouble-shooting skills to provide maintenance services for electronically controlled systems. Proficiency in all types of electronic applications is important as electricity is used for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security and communications.

Check it out: https://www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/skill_area/electrical-installations/

Explore Your Occupational Options

When planning your career, it's important to explore the occupations you’re interested in and maybe discover some new ones.

Pathway- What is sheet metal work?

Workers in this field fabricate and install a wide variety of construction related items using sheet metal or plastic materials components. The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC ), that control the temperature, humidity and total air quality in residential, commercial, industrial and other buildings by precisely following blueprints, design specifications and manufacturers’ instructions. A Sheet Metal worker requires highly specialized and up to date skills to accomplish the various tasks involved in the trade.

Check it out: https://www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/skill_area/sheet-metal-work/

Boilermaker Spotlight

Boilermakers build, erect, repair, test and maintain all types of boilers, tanks and pressure vessels, and perform all types of structural and plate work on dust, air, gas, steam, oil, water and other liquid-tight pressure containers.

Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards

Award Parameters- Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards are presented annually to students selected by the Awards Committee. The Committee considers First Nations, Métis or Inuit students who have been nominated by members of their education community based on their exemplary leadership, honour, courage and commitment to their own education path.

Award categories are divided into three regions: North, Central and South. In each region, awards are divided into the following grade categories: Kindergarten to Grade 3; Grades 4 to 6; Grades 7 to 9; And, Grades 10 to 12. In total, 12 awards are distributed each year.

Nominations- Students may be nominated by other students, teachers, principals, superintendents, education directors, trustees, school staff, Elders or a member of the education community. The Nomination Package is available in English and French at https://www.asba.ab.ca/about/awards/
Interested in a gap year before school or career?

The Canadian Gap Year Association (CanGap) supports young people looking to take an intentional step off the conveyor belt of life to explore and experience ‘the real world’ according to their talents, goals and interests.

Work Experience 15/25/35

Off Campus courses that provide experiential learning activities as part of a planned school program under the supervision of an off-campus education coordinator. Work Experience courses are components of off-campus education learning. These provide opportunities for students to:

  • apply, in the workplace, knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through other course work
  • discover their career interests and aptitudes in meaningful work activities, situated in community-based work stations and work sites in industry, and community service.
  • earn high school credits

HCS3000: Workplace Safety Systems (1 credit)- is the required prerequisite of the first work experience course taken by a student.

Interested in the Green Certificate Program?

The Green Certificate Program provides students with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related, structured learning pathways as a part of their senior high school program and to earn up to 16 Grade 12 diploma credits and a credential leading to a career in agribusiness.

There is no deadline for applications. High-school students may register throughout the year. Students learn on the job, under the direction of experienced farm personnel and under the supervision and administration of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) and Alberta Education.

Students select one of the specializations and under the guidance of their trainer, work towards mastering all skills within their training program: Beekeeper, Cow calf beef, Dairy, Equine, Feedlot beef, Field crop, Greenhouse, Irrigated field crop, Poultry, Sheep, & Swine production.

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Apprenticeship Training

Apprenticeship is a training program that combines on-the-job training, work experience, and technical training in a trade. From day 1, apprentices earn a salary for their time on the job. An apprenticeship training program lasts 1 to 4 years depending on the trade. Are you interested in becoming an apprentice?

Check out these resources:

  • Tradesecrets—This Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website offers information about training, certification, scholarships, financial assistance and more as well as resources for employers, employees and apprentices.
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for high school students—This program allows high school students to earn credits toward an apprenticeship program and a high school diploma at the same time.
Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

To recognize academic achievement of high school students and encourage them to pursue post-secondary studies. $2500. Must have a 75% minimum combined average based on five designated courses in at least one grade, may include any 2 options.

Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 10 Checklist

Your time in high school will go by quicker than you can imagine. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. ​Plan now for success later. Begin exploring your interests. Would you like to pursue related courses or activities after high school?


Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 11 Checklist

Your time in high school will go by quicker than you can imagine. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. Check out the learning and career options that relate to your interests and note the admission requirements for your preferred programs. The choices you make now will open up your choices for the future.


Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 12 Checklist

Your time in high school has gone by quickly. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. Let's ensure you are ready for your transition to post-secondary education and training! Admissions, timelines, money matters, and more...