Career Notes - November 26, 2020 update

Off Campus programs under increased Covid restrictions

Dual Credit

Applications for semester 2 Dual Credit programs are due Monday, November 30.  Program information sheets and the online application form can be found at  REFERENCES - applicants provide contact information for references, and we will send them an online reference form to complete next week.   No reference letters are required with the application.

The new health restrictions do not impact our current online Dual Credit courses.  They are continuing as usual.  Many courses finish in early December.

Students in current Dual Credit courses that have an on-campus component (such as carpentry or pharmacy) will be notified directly about the plan for their classes.

Work Experience and RAP (Registered Apprenticeship Program)

Students can continue in their Work Experience placement only if all the Covid protocols are followed at their worksite.  Please contact your Off Campus Coordinator if you have any questions or concerns.

Green Certificate

Students can continue to work on the material in their Green Certificate binder.  If students are meeting with a trainer who is not part of their household, Covid protocols must be followed.

Should I take an optional diploma exam?

Many students are asking how universities will look at their transcript if they opt out of taking diploma exams.  Universities have been clear - whatever final mark appears on your transcript is the mark they will use for admission purposes.  They will not differentiate between final marks that include a diploma exam and final marks that do not. So, if you believe taking a diploma exam would be a benefit to you, go ahead and take it.  If you don’t believe it will benefit you, don’t stress about taking it.  In most cases, your teacher will be giving you a final exam which will still give you practice in taking a rigorous, cumulative exam.


Excellent online resources for students and parents are available at

            Who Am I surveys (including personality test, interest inventories, suggested occupations)

High school planner (including graduation requirements, Rutherford Scholarship tracker)

            Post-secondary planner (including program descriptions, admission requirements, tuition)

            Work (including resume builder, occupation employment outlook, average salaries)

Click to access login instructions.

We are asking all high school students to “favourite” 2-4 of the top occupations they are interested in.

Complete the “EPP” tasks on your dashboard to earn points that you can use to win prizes including gift cards and scholarships.

University scholarships

Grade 12 students who have submitted applications to universities should have access to those universities’ financial award applications.  While many scholarships have an application deadline in the new year, most universities have early deadlines for their largest and most competitive scholarships.  A December 1 deadline is not uncommon.  Check out the opportunities wherever you have submitted your application.

Additional scholarship information can be found at

Summer opportunity - Shad Canada

Thinking about summer?   Shad Canada is a STEAM and entrepreneurship program for students in grade 10 and 11. It will be offered virtually in Summer 2021.  Shad Canada’s program attracts students with high aptitudes for risk taking, curiosity, excellence and resilience, and prepares them to take on social and economic challenges. The month-long program includes a real-world design challenge that asks students to work on issues such as food security, water management and waste.  More details are available at

New staff

We are pleased to announce that our Off Campus team is growing,  In the coming weeks we will be introducing you to the new members of our team who will enable us to serve our students even better.  In the meantime, your main contacts for Off Campus programs are:

Jennifer Coutts ( - Lethbridge region

Charlene Foster ( - Calgary, Brant and Vulcan

Off Campus Website:

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