Earn High School Credits for On-the-Job Experience
Chinook offers both Summer Off-Campus and Fall/Winter Off-Campus (Specialized) programs. Teachers supervise Work Experience students while they learn employability skills and this can assist students to clarify their career aspirations and to transition from school to work. Employers become valued partners in the educational process.
In order to participate in the Off-Campus programs, students must secure their own paid or volunteer position acceptable to Chinook Learning Services, with the exception of the summer Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) where they will be interviewed and may be placed into appropriate positions. Students interested in becoming a registered apprentice through Chinook must complete a 125-hour work experience internship (Pre-RAP) and be successful in their Blue Book application through their employer and A.I.T. - Apprenticeship and Industry Trades (external link). Over the course of the experience, students, teachers, and employers work in collaboration to develop Learning Plans and complete evaluations. Students will receive Work Experience credits until their Blue Book application is approved.
Alberta Education recognizes the value of learning in a work setting where employability skills develop as part of job exploration and job training programs. Credits are submitted to Alberta Education and will be applied to the student's official Academic Transcript.