Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses have the following common characteristics:
- an emphasis is placed on learning in an activity setting.
- introductory courses are exploratory and offer a variety of experiences.
- introductory courses are available for either 3 or 6 credits.
- 3-credit courses can be used as a prerequisite to some advanced courses.
- emphasis is on providing a variety of daily life skills.
- content gives an awareness of career opportunities.
- courses can be applied towards the 10 complementary course credits required for a high school diploma.
- topics studied reinforce concepts introduced in core subjects.
- advanced computer technology facilities
- highly-motivated and well-trained staff
Career and Technology Studies offer an alternative to conventional classroom learning. All courses place an emphasis on “learning through doing” and are activity-centered. Introductory courses are exploratory in nature and allow an opportunity to sample a variety of interests. When an interest is identified, courses at the intermediate and advanced levels can be taken. These become more focused and can allow for development of skills suitable to employment and entry into post-secondary institutions. Some courses include practical customer service activities and opportunities to work at job sites on work-study programs. ÉCCHS students taking CTS have received district, provincial, and national awards for achievement on a yearly basis Many students participate in the “Skills Canada” and “Encounters With Canada” programs.
The Alberta High School Diploma requires a minimum of 10 credits in Career and Technology Studies, Fine Arts, or International Languages. Career and Technology Studies courses taken at the advanced level meet the requirements for an additional 10 credits at the 30-level required for a high school diploma. The career and technology strands offered at ÉCCHS at the grade 10-level are listed below.
École Camrose Composite High School offers a wide range of CTS courses, including:
- Communication Technology
- Computer Studies
- Construction Technology
- Design Studies
- Fabrication Studies
- Fashion Studies