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Post-Secondary InformationGrade 10/11 – February 2014 • Career and Post-secondary Advisor - Ms. Foster Crash Course into the World of Post-Secondary
What Does Life After High School Look Like? Full-time work and/or post-sec Part-time work and post-sec Travel/Exchange/Global Volunteering Canadian Armed Forces Apprenticeship and Trades Private Colleges College and University
Skills to Success Building your credentials… Every step in building your knowledge and skills leads to the next whether it is through post-secondary education, employment, travel or volunteering. The ladder begins with: • Certificate (1 year) • Diploma (2 years) • Red Seal (Trades) • Associate Degree (Univ.T-2 years) • Bachelors Degree • Masters Degree • Doctorate -PhD/MD/LLB
BC Labour Market Info The demographic profile of BC continues to influence the dynamics of the labour market. • Modest growth in new job creation • Two-thirds (2/3) of job openings over the next ten years will replace retiring workers. The population of the province is expected to continue to age. 2010 – 2020 Projected Job Openings • 3% of job openings will require less than high school • 19% of job openings will require a high school diploma • 42% of job openings will require Trades, Technology or College Certificate or Diploma - Technical, Paraprofessional or Specific Skills • 35% of job openings will require an University Degree - Professional and Managerial Skills Best Bets • Health Occupations • Business, Finance and Administration Occupations • Trades, Technology and Engineering Related Occupations
What Do ‘Research’ Universities Want? • 5 Specific Grade 11 subjects • English • Social Studies • Academic Math (Pre-Cal or Foundations) • Science (Chem & Physics for Sciences and Engineering) • Second Language maybe required • 4 (or 5) Grade 12 Admission courses • English 12 and 3 other admission courses
Grade 12 Admission Courses at SDSS UBC (Van and OK) / SFU / UVICEnglish 12 is needed for all faculties • Law • Physics • Pre-calculus • Social Justice (NOT UBC Van) • Spanish • UVIC and SFU ADD: • Foundations of Math • Comparative Civilization • Other admission academics are offered through Online School. (AP) Advanced Placement Biology Calculus Challenge Test (not UBC V or O) Chemistry Economics English Literature English Francais Langue French Geography History External Languages – check individual institutes
Entrance to Research Universities Each university has different course requirements for entrance. All Universities require English 12 SchoolMathLanguagesSciences UBC Arts PC Math 11/FoM12 Lang 11(12) Science 11 Commerce Math 12 (Calculus) Language 11 Science 11 Engineering Math 12 (Calculus) Language 11 Physics 12 & Chem 12 Sciences Math 12 (Calculus) Language 11 Physics 11 & Chem 11 & one Science 12 SFU Arts PC Math 11 /FoM 11 Intro. Lang. 11 Science 11 Business Math 12 (Calculus) Intro. Lang. 11 Science 11 Engineering Math 12 (Calculus) Intro. Lang. 11 Phys 12 & Chem 12 Sciences Math 12 (Calculus) Intro. Lang. 11 Phys 11 & Chem 11 & two Science 12’s UVIC – same as SFU but no language 11 requirement. KWANTLEN- to complete a degree, PC Math 11 or FoM 11 and Lang 11
Entrance to College, Teaching Universities or BCIT BCIT Langara College Douglas College Vancouver Community College Kwantlen Polytechnic University Vancouver Island University Thompson Rivers University Entrance to College, a Teaching University or BCIT requires ENGLISH 12 for most programs. But instead of an average GPA, specific 1st year courses have grade requirements. For example to take 1st year Chemistry at Langarastudents would need a minimum 73% in Chem 12 and a 60% in Math 12.
English 12With the exception of very few programs English 12 is required for Post-secondary AdmissionAlso, in most cases English 12 has a minimum grade requirement for admission into any 1st year college and university classesIf students don’t meet these requirements placement tests such as the LPI can be done.SFU needs 60%Kwantlen needs 67%UBC V & O want 70% in English 11 or English 12
Implications of Math Any Math 11 course will graduate a student from high school with a Dogwood Certificate. Pre-Calculus Math is primarily for students wanting to pursue Science/Engineering based careers. For business universities require PC Math 12; exceptions would be BCIT or Kwantlen. Foundations of Math is primarily for students wanting to pursue Liberal or Fine Arts or Business at a teaching university or BCIT.
More Math Apprenticeship and Workplace Math is primarily for students wanting to pursue apprenticeships, trades, and some technologies, humanities or fine arts at college. This is not a high school to university entrance admission course. Students can pursue a Fine Arts or Humanities degree (English, History, Philosophy, Languages, Cultural Studies , Art History etc.) with AW Math but would have to go to college first, then transfer to university. Math and English are important courses with regards to post-secondary entrance so please be aware of all possible post-secondary requirements when selecting courses.
Pre-Calculus MA 12 AND Calculus 12 Double block (8 credits) This option is for students who would like to take Calculus while still in high school. Math will be taken each day throughout the year. Students planning to take Calculus, or who are required to take Calculus at a post -secondary institution, are strongly encouraged to take this course. It is recommended that students have a “B” in Pre-Calculus 11.
Non-English (Foreign) Language Requirements UBC A Language 11 is required for admission to UBC UBC Arts only will require a language 12 to complete an Arts degree or 6 credits of a language in post-secondary SFU Requires a beginner Language 11 for admission UVIC No language requirement If a student does not have a language 11 and wants to complete an ARTS degree at UBC or KWANTLEN a language 11 OR equivalent university credit is required.
Admission Averages September 2014 UBC-Vancouver Simon Fraser All faculties require a Personal Profile. Arts and Sciences mid to high 80% Commerce mid to high 80% Engineeringmid to high 80% Food Nutrition & Health mid 80% Forestrylow to mid 80% Human Kinetics mid to high 80% UBC-Okanagan Arts 85% Sciences 87% Business 83% with personal profile Engineering 90% Com., Art & Tech 82% Students must have 60% in English and Math Humanities/Social Sciences/Sciences/Health Information Science/History in Art/ Human & Social Development 75% Business 84% Engineering / Comp Science 75% - 77% Fine Arts 67% Writing 85% UVIC Arts, Sciences, Business mid to high 70% Engineering, Human Kinetics high 70 - low 80% Nursing mid to high 80% Visual Arts 67% minimum All offers are conditional until marks are verified through the Ministry of ED.
LEVEL ONE Trades Training Programs • ACT-IT and CTC Programs • WHAT IS IT? • Level 1 Trades Training is the first step in training to prepare students for employment/apprenticeship in the trade area of their choice. • WHERE CAN I APPLY FOR LEVEL ONE TRADES TRAINING? • Delta School District Career Programs http://web.deltasd.bc.ca/content/programs/careerprograms • BCIT • Kwantlen Polytechnic University • Vancouver Community College • APPRENTICESHIP AND SECONDARY SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP (SSA) • Upon completion of Level 1 students receive their Level 1 training certification and seek employment as apprentices. If students have apprenticeship placements before the end of high school they can register with our Secondary School Apprenticeship program. Students can bank hours and receive high school credit for apprenticeship. • Email email@example.com or more info about SSA. • If you are planning a career in the Trades please see Ms. Burr. There are many educational options available. See DISTRICT CAREER PROGRAMS. • https://web.deltasd.bc.ca/content/programs/careerprograms
Work Experience Career Programs support students in both their career development and their human and social development. This type of experiential learning increases the relevance of school by helping students connect what they learn in the classroom with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to be successful in both the workplace and larger community. Students receive extensive in-school preparation, onsite experience with employers in a chosen focus area, guided post-placement reflection to incorporate learning in the Transition Plan and Graduation Portfolio. Work Experience Areas are: Business & Applied Business Liberal Arts & Humanities Fine Arts, Design & Media Science & Applied Science Fitness & Recreation Tourism, Hospitality Health & Human Services Trades & Technology
Enhancement Program In the past students have taken French, Spanish, Psychology, Criminology, Computer Science, Accounting, English and Math. Students may enroll in the September or January semester of each academic year on either Kwantlen campus, Richmond or Surrey. Applications are in the Career Centre. Completed applications and application fees must be received in the Career Centre by May 15 for the September semester and November 15 for the January semester.
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) The SAT measures verbal reasoning, mathematical problem solving and essay writing. There are three different tests: SAT for admission SAT II or Subject tests (IVY League) Yearly October Practice SAT (PSAT) Register on line at www.sat.collegeboard.com SCHOOL CODE Test Dates South Delta: 821085 There are several test dates throughout the year and test sites in Vancouver and Richmond The SAT is intended for students applying for admission to a university in the USA.
On-going Questions…Research, Reflection & RealityDevelop a transition plan What are your options? • University • College Program Diploma • College Transfer • Trades and Technologies • Student Exchanges/Global Volunteering/Travel • Work
Research…www.careercruising.comwww.personalitytype.comDownload “Build a Career App @ http://www.buildacareer.ca/ BE AN EXPLORER Skills/interests/Personality Inventories Career Search Education Search Job Search and Description Career path Interviews of people current to the industry Do a Career Preparation Work Experience – 4 credits
Ask questions… • Visit the Career Centre • Choose to do a Work Experience • Talk to your teachers, coaches, parents, counsellors, people who have a vested interest in your future wellbeing • Check First Class e-mail and school newsletters, Parent/Student Connect
Go on a Campus Tour • When you visit a college/university/post-secondary evening - ask questions and make decisions based on the best program for you! ASK ABOUT: • Student orientation • Clubs, activities, athletic programs (social/recreational) • Credentials • Student successes • Field study, Student exchanges, co-op • Student support services
Enrich Your Life… • Encounters with Canada - Go to Ottawa for a week of career exploration. See the Parliament Buildings, museums, and historical monuments and attend a theme week that will help with their goals and aspirations. The themes include Politics, Journalism, Sports and Fitness, Arts and Culture, Medicine and Health, Ecology and the Environment, Law and the RCMP. Costs are $625 and spending money. • Delta Police Academy. Spend a week in July at the Justice Institute learning about what it is like to be a police officer. Physical fitness training, learn about the law, investigation techniques, traffic accident training… Applications will be available soon. • Air Time Canada – Want to be a pilot? Try out flight and ground school and fly a plane. Website : www.airfun.org/copilot.htm Free (I’m not kidding) • Rotary STEP Program - There is a wonderful Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) opportunity through the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen. A child from another country comes to stay with your family for 3-5 weeks in the summer, then your child goes back to spend 3-5 weeks with that child's family in their country. The cost is entirely the family's, however, Rotary administers the program, sets up the match, interviews the families at both ends to make sure it is an appropriate and safe environment, provides health and accident insurance, and an orientation day for the students. Visit the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen's web site Youth Services link.
Reflection and Reality… School Work: What are your current grades? • Do you need help at school, academically? Can I learn better being 1 of 250 students in a first year UBC Chemistry class or being 1 in a class of 30 in a first year Langara Chemistry class. • Appropriate Course selection. Did I take the courses I need or did I take the easiest? • Balanced course load of admission courses and electives. (Take drafting as well as Physics, take carpentry as well as biology). Seek balance. • Guidance from parents balanced with your interests/abilities/values.
What Do I Do Now? • WE WORK VERY HARD TO COMMUNICATE WITH STUDENTS: • Career Centre website • English 12 class visits • Student e-mails • School newsletters • Parent Connect/Student Connect • P.A. /TV Monitors Career Centre • The Career Centre is open M – F (Check times) • 604-943-7407 • E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org • Website: http://southdeltasecondarycareercentre.weebly.com/ • Explore Careers • www.careercruising.com (sdss, careers) • The application process starts in October. Yikes! • Financial Information • Scholarships
Scholarships and Awards
Financial Plan - Research and understand the costs of post- secondary programs and training. If you live at home and go to Langara it will cost $4000 but if you live in rez at UBC it will cost $18,000. Who is paying for your education? So, can you afford to move out?
Where Do I Start Looking? What clubs and organizations do I belong to inside/outside of school? Where have I volunteered and what have I learned from volunteering? What do I do well? Foreign Languages, arts, sports, leadership What Career do I want to pursue? Professional organizations Parent/Grandparents employment present/past Ethnic/religious organizations Service Organizations Post-Secondary Schools
What do I need? Personal Profile Each of the questions requires short essay answers (300 or 500 words). Leadership – e.g., service to organizations, student government experience, community involvement, family responsibility, etc. Academic achievements – e.g., research projects, success in contests, prizes won for high standing, etc. Sports involvement – e.g., membership on teams, participation in competitions, etc. Creative and performing arts experience Work experience Volunteer experience and service to others Focus less on listing and describing activities. Focus instead on what you have learned through these experiences. Your answers need to show self-reflection. Tell them what you have learned and how you learned it.
Building a Personal Profile The Personal Profile tells the reader things that are important to you: significant achievements, what you have learned from your experiences, challenges you’ve overcome and can you be successful with post-secondary work (ie. maturity). Typical Question: Tell us more about one of the activities, explaining what your goals are, what you did to pursue them, the results achieved, and what you learned in the process.
Scholarships & Bursaries SCHOLARSHIPS Major entrance scholarships from universities are based on merit or excellence in a particular area. Your personal profile should be academic excellent and also leadership and service. Examples: - involvement and achievements in school and/or the community - athletics, and fine arts in graphics, music, drama, and theatre • student government, academic competitions, volunteer activities and other endeavors. AUTOMATIC AWARDS - No Need to Apply! Automatic awards are offered to students based on term marks or final report card so a separate awards application is not necessary. These awards are based on very high grades in your admission courses – usually over 90%. UBC does not offer automatic awards.
OPEN AWARDS Open to all students providing they meet the criteria of the award. Students must apply for these awards. These awards can be from post-secondary institutions but also unions, and private and public organizations. Examples are the Envision Scholarship or the Delta Hospital Foundation Scholarship. Lists of open awards are on the Career Centre website: http://southdeltasecondarycareercentre.weebly.com/where-to-lookawardsloans.html/ BURSARIES AND STUDENT LOANS Open to all students who are in real need of financial assistance and who have maintained a good academic record. Students must apply for this assistance. Evidence of financial need is required as well as meeting special requirements or qualifications set out by the bursary donor. Filling out a Provincial Government Loan Package will increase your chances of receiving a bursary. Student Loan Packages are available on-line at http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/studentaidbc/welcome.htm and are usually filled out and submitted by June 30 for a September post-secondary start.
I have developed a strong passion for fine arts on many different levels. My aspirations as an artist have grown exponentially. While fine arts as a career choice has only just begun, it can be highlighted in many different aspects, through my work as a musician, a writer, and a performer. During the past two years I have had three pieces of writing published by the Delta Arts Guild – the most recent being “Transcending Visions: From Vision to Voice”. Being fortunate enough to get a chance to be involved in these publications has been truly humbling, and an inspiration to continue writing. Also, I have been a founding member in my school’s Slam Poetry Club. Led by our coach and teacher sponsor, Mr. Spilchen, our team placed second in the first annual “Hullabaloo Slam Poetry High School Provincials”, last year. This past month, our team placed first in the same competition. It was an amazing experience, both inspirational and gratifying. Although I enjoy writing and performing poetry to a great extent, my biggest interests and goals lie in music. Starting out as a five year old, writing light-humored songs to poke fun at my sister, has evolved into a passion as a songwriter and performer. I began studying on the piano, working through classical etudes and the Royal Conservatory practice books to develop a general understanding of classical music theory. At the age of twelve my interests shifted to the guitar. After a year of teaching myself, I began lessons with Mr. Smith, whom I now teach under.
Over the five years, with Mr. Smith’s mentorship, I have developed a keen ear to Jazz and hope to reach my full capability as a jazz musician, teaching key pieces of knowledge about theory and technique, and also, most importantly, about the music industry. Outside of my studies, I have played in numerous bands, performing in venues and festivals in the lower mainland . The enjoyment of performing music for others is something I could never give up, and would love to continue for the rest of my life. To see the way music can bring people together, and create such positive atmospheres, filled with dancing, laughter, and love is something I find truly special and unique. Possibly one of my greatest accomplishments musically was hearing one of my songs played on the CBC Radio. I wrote the composition for my band and entered it in a contest on the program “On The Coast”. While the song didn’t win, it was recognized as “the best arrangement” and received airtime in British Columbia. This was an extremely exciting and gratifying experience that I’ll never forget. Along with the performance aspect of music, I have also been hired as a film composer for accompaniment to silent animated films. With a bachelor’s degree in music, I hope to pursue many of these job opportunities professionally at much higher levels. I am constantly practicing all aspects of my trade, working towards my goals as a musician.