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Lakes District Secondary

​Career Program Coordinator Mrs. Dubé

Administrative Assistant – Ms. Havens

Lakes District Secondary School  (250) 692-7733  Fax (250) 692-4231


  • Career Preparation Programs
  • Projects
  • Secondary School Apprenticeship
  • Work Experience
  • Central Interior Regional Career Technical Centre (CTC)
  • Health and Career Education 8/9
  • Alternative Education Programs
  • Graduation Transitions


Career Programs consist of prescribed course packages and work experience.  Career Programs give students access to school arranged Work Experience to help them toward their career goals.  Lakes District Secondary School and School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) currently offers the following programs: Career Preparation, Youth Work in Trades (formerly Secondary School Apprenticeship), Central Interior Regional Career Technical Centre and Alternative Education Programs Work Experience.


Career Preparation programs are designed to prepare students for further study in a particular field at a post-secondary institution, and provide entry-level skills for employment.  In addition to normal graduation requirements, Career Preparation programs consist of 16 credits of studies related to a career field, including a minimum of four credits (120+ hours) of related work experience.

Normal graduation requirements combined with: 16 credit of study related to the career field; four (4) credits of work experience related to the career field.


  • Business and Applied Business
  • Fine Arts, Design and Media
  • Fitness and Recreation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Science and Applied Sciences
  • Trades and Technology
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Foods


The ITA offers free online resources, training, and certification in essential skills for students in the trades ( Non-trades-specific essential skills certification is available from other organizations, including TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills; Additional information about the essential skills is available on the Government of Canada website, at  


The CTC delivers programs to students in Grades 11 and 12 in the trades and technology areas.  The CTC programs are Welder/Fitter, Culinary Arts, Hospitality (Administration) Tourism, Millwright, Machinist, Residential Electrical and Ecotourism.  CTC students attend CNC for their program in the second semester of grade 11, do a summer work experience and attend the first semester of Grade 12 at CTC.  In the second semester of grade 12 students attend their home school to complete graduation requirements.


Students can participate in hands-on career experience at such annual projects as Project Forest Management held in our local Community Forest in May, Project Health held in Prince George in April, Project Agriculture held on a farm north of Vanderhoof in September, Project Natural Resource Management held at a recreation site on Fraser Lake in October and Project Heavy Duty held north of Vanderhoof inMay as well as Project Firefighter at a training centre located within the School District.  The Ministry of Forests (Fire Base) works with some of our students in the Junior Initial Attack training program.  Student can also become involved in out of district field trips such as the Encounters with Canada in Ottawa as well as Rotary Clubs Adventures Program, International Youth Exchange and their RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camps.


The following types of activities qualify as a community-based work experience:


Students gain hands-on work experience.  A work site sponsor in the business or volunteer organization supervises them.  The objectives for the placement are based on the Student Learning Plan.


Students explore a career by "shadowing" people in the community as they perform their work at a variety of businesses within the Lakes District including Burns Lake Public Library, Burns Lake Return-it Depot, Burns Lake Vet Clinic, Eagle Automotive, Home Hardware, Honeysuckle Garden Centre, Kal Tire, Lakes District Maintenance, Overwaitea Foods, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, School District No. 91, Sne Cal Yegh Gas Bar, Sunshine Inn, The Pines and Village of Burns Lake.  Although these placements do not include hands-on performance of duties, they are useful to all students who are unsure about what a specific career entails.  The Woyenne Daycare and Little Angels Daycare assists students with weeklong placements.  Our job placement program is quite flexible taking into account student's schedules.


There is a shortage of skilled trades people in Canada.

Apprentices in the program earn while they learn.

Trades professions can provide students with the economic resources to pursue other career-related interests and goals.

Apprenticeship Programs are designed to prepare students for work based apprenticeship training.  Students need to be in grades 11 or 12 and be working in a field recognized on the SSA list of occupations under a certified tradesman.  For every 120 hours completed in this area of study, students will qualify for four credits up to a total of 16 credits.

For more information on Career Programs, please call the Career Centre at LDSS at 250-692-7733.


Students who are enrolled in Alternate Education (Alt. Ed) or Special Learning Resource (SLR) have the opportunity to participate in Work Experience.  The emphasis of these programs is on school to work transition and the nature of the work experience is often exploratory.


Our students can enjoy presentations given by guest speakers from various trades, careers and post-secondary colleges and universities. This type of career exploration is beneficial when a large number of students are interested in one career area and there are limited opportunities for work experience placements.  It is also useful in career areas involving work that is dangerous or confidential, such as police or social work.  Students also have the opportunity to attend courses such as FoodSafe, CPR (Level 1) Emergency First Aid and Transportation Endorsement offered by outside agencies.


Students may apply current or past out-of-school employment for full or partial work experience credit.  To qualify for credit, the work must meet work experience placement criteria.


Students may apply current or past out-of-school volunteer work for full or partial work experience credit, providing the work meets experience placement criteria.


Students may apply out of school entrepreneurial ventures for full or partial work experience credit, providing the work meets work experience placement criteria.

GRADUATION TRANSITIONS – Helping you plan for your future.

Four of the 80 credits you need for graduation come from Graduation Transitions.

Transitions encourages you to:

·     Take ownership of your health and learning; participating citizen;

Graduation Transitions is an opportunity for students to reflect on their knowledge and abilities and plan for life after graduation by collecting evidence of their achievements in the following required areas:


It is expected that you will demonstrate the attitudes, knowledge and positive habits needed to be a healthy individual, responsible for your own physical and emotional well-being.


Engage in at least 600 minutes monthly of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Develop a long-term personal healthy living plan appropriate to your lifestyle.

How do I reach this goal?

Start in grade 10 (in addition to PE 10), 11 or 12.

Complete a log sheet tracking your activities provided for you in the Career Centre.

Complete a Healthy Living Plan provided for you in the Career Centre (or complete in Planning 10).


It is expected that you will demonstrate the skills required to work effectively and safely with others and to succeed as an individual and collaborative worker.


Participate in at least 30 hours of work experience and/or community service.

Describe the duties performed, the connections between the experience and your employability and life skills as well as the benefits

How do I reach this goal?

Start in grade 10, 11 or 12.

Complete a work experience or Community Service form provided for you in the Career Centre.

Provide verification of the work completed by attaching a Work Experience Evaluation and Attendance report.


It is expected that you will demonstrate the confidence and competency needed to be a self-directed individual.


Develop a comprehensive plan that indicates you are prepared to successfully transition from secondary school.

  Present selected components of your transition plan to members of the school and/or community.

How do I reach this goal?

Completed in grade 12 only.

Complete a Graduation Transition Plan provided to you in the Career Centre.

Put together a presentation showcasing significant accomplishments and indicate how those learning experiences prepare you for successful transitions to life after secondary school.

Daily Physical Activity Hours (DPA)

Please be advised that, as of September 2008, all schools in British Columbia must implement the provincial government's daily physical activity (DPA) requirements.  These requirements are part of the Graduation Transitions plan.

Grade 11 and 12 students who did not complete their 600 minutes monthly sheets, will have to complete their DPA sheets.  These sheets will have to be handed in monthly or yearly to the Career Programs staff.  Students will be given a "Requirements Not Met" if they do not complete and hand their forms in each week.

Students must document and report a minimum of 600 minutes per month of physical activity at a moderate to vigorous intensity.  They are given a number of choices for how they can meet the daily physical activity requirements at school, at home and in the community.  Daily physical activity can be as simple as walking, running, jogging, bending and stretching.  If your son/daughter is in a PE or Dance class, they will not have to complete DPA sheets for that semester.  However, during the semester that they do not have these courses, they must hand in the weekly sheets.


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Candy Striper/Cadet Junior Program

How the program Works

An appointed Candy Striper Advisory or Auxiliary liaison person works closely with the Manager of Volunteer Resources at the Healthcare facility utilizing the program.  Together they determine how young people may help meet the needs of the patients and residents in the healthcare facility.

How do I join?

–           be between 13 and 18 years of age

–           Still be in school (or home school)

–           Complete an application

–           Attend an interview

What will I have to do?

–           commit two hours per week

–           Wear a uniform

–           Wear a name tag

–           Obey healthcare facility rules and regulations

–          Take instructions from staff

For more information contact:

Burns Lake and District Health Care Auxiliary P.O. Box 812 Burns Lake, BC  V0J 1E0


P.A.R.T.Y. is a program that was developed at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, in 1986.  Since then it has been making its way across Canada.

P.A.R.T.Y.'s mission statement is "To promote injury prevention through reality education, enabling youth to recognize risk and make informed choices about activities and behaviours".

P.A.R.T.Y. is a sub-licence of the SmartRisk Foundation.  This national injury prevention organization is a great source of knowledge and support.

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