Some students have a clear idea of what they want to do after high school. Others aren’t sure whether to pursue university, college, apprentice training, or work.
A Pathways/Career Awareness Night hosted by Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board on November 2 hopefully provided some answers. Secondary students and parents had an opportunity to speak to representatives from various Ontario colleges and universities, employment services, local business and the trades at a ‘career expo’ that explored different pathway destinations.
It is one of many Student Success initiatives offered by the board to promote student achievement, said Co-op Placement Officer Marilyn Presutti.
An record estimated 1000 students and parents from across the HWCDSB entered the doors at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School to discover post-secondary options from 60 exhibitors, ranging from workplace to apprenticeship, and college to university. Post-secondary schools, trainers, employers and employment service providers were all available to support the career choices and challenges students face when leaving high school.
The event evolved from a college/university information night at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, and a pathways day that was held for students without an exit plan. The two were combined and repackaged as a system-wide Pathways/Career Awareness Night that included the two other pathways of apprentices/trades and work.