Career and Technology Centre (CTC) at Lord Shaughnessy High School provides students with access to rigorous academic and technical curriculum in preparation for further education and careers in high-skill, high-demand occupations. Working with experts, students access industry standard, high quality learning environments that extend into authentic work experience opportunities and lead to recognized post-secondary and industry credentials. Igniting student passions and interest at the CTC supports success both within and beyond their schooling experiences.
The CTC changes the way most of us think about school. Students who attend the CTC will take courses at their designated high schools, but they will also access the CTC to enhance their learning through credentialed, dual credit or pre-placement programs for specific periods of time.
Student learning at the CTC
CTC students have the opportunity to earn industry and post-secondary credentials and dual credit or pre-placement opportunities. Much of the ground work for considering a learning opportunity at the CTC will be laid for students throughout their junior high/middle and early high school years through personal learning plans. This way, by the time students get to high school, they will have a good understanding of their skills and passions, and can make informed decisions about the credentialed opportunities available to them through the CTC.
Students from schools and grades eligible to attend the CTC
The CTC is open to any student wishing to complete and/or work towards a credential in any of the available programs, provided their application is accepted. Typically, the majority of students are in grades 11 and 12 and they concurrently attend a high school program. The time required to complete credentials is significant and students are welcome to finish their program well after high school graduation if necessary. A large number of students begin their credentialing studies in high school and continue past high school graduation before completing all requirements.
Can students attend the CTC full-time?
Students remain the responsibility of their home school and choose to attend the CTC for the period of time in which they take their credential. This may be for a semester, a summer, evenings, or week-ends depending on the program in which the student is enrolled and the student's other commitments. The CTC has the capacity to offer programs within and outside of the regular school day and year.
Students remain the responsibility of their home school: high school completion remains the goal. Completion of a credential, at the same time as part of their learning plan, is an added benefit and incentive to staying in school as they work toward their future goals.
Instructors: teachers or journeymen?
The qualification of the teacher is determined by the program offered. For example, an apprenticeship program must be taught by a journey person who also has a teaching certificate. Pre-placement programs, such as Pre-Engineering, need a teacher with a specialization or credential in that area. Regular attendance is a program expectation, just as it is at the home high school and will be supervised through the teacher, on-site administration and home high school administration.
See the Registration page for detailed registration information. Typically, Calgary Board of Education (CBE) students register via their school counselor in conjunction with their regular timetable. Non-CBE students can submit a registration application via the Registration page. the CTC operates on a semester system. Classes start in September and February for the 2015-16 school year. Students may join the program up to 3 weeks past the start date in each semester. See the CTC Calendar for precise dates.