Knowledge & Employability

A provincial Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to a student upon successful completion of the senior high K&E courses.

The purpose of Knowledge and Employability (K&E) courses are to help students:

  • Develop essential concepts, skills, and attitudes in preparation for their role in the workplace, community and home.
  • Obtain a sense of success and achievement in their learning experiences, thereby enhancing selfesteem.
  • Develop entry-level job skills.
  • Recognize the need for lifelong learning.
  • Become responsible members of society.

K&E courses are designed for students who:

  • Are 15 years of age or older as of September 1st of the current school year.
  • Are experiencing difficulty learning in the regular program.
  • May have an achievement lag of one or more years in core subjects: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies.
  • May have low self-esteem due to past academic failure.
  • Focus well on visual and kinesthetic (hands-on) learning.

How are K&E Courses Different From Other Courses?

  • Each course concentrates on the basic skills essential to becoming responsible members of society.
  • Instruction in any skills begins with reference to real-life applications. It is often this deliberate reinforcement in a practical area that enables students to understand more fully the need for academic knowledge as it applies to job success.
  • There is an emphasis on appropriate teaching strategies to suit the unique learning needs of Knowledge and Employability students.

How to Apply

Students are usually recommended for the K&E Program by their school. School counsellors, administrators and classroom teachers make their recommendations and submit names of possible candidates to Sturgeon Composite High School. Parents may also initiate admission procedures by approaching the student’s present school or by contacting Sturgeon Composite High School directly.

Information sessions for students are held to help them with their decision regarding K&E courses. Registration forms are submitted by the student’s present school and the status of each registration is decided upon and communicated to the
school and parents.

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