Off Campus Education

Off-campus education is an experiential method of learning that integrates a student’s classroom studies with recognized on-the-job work experiences.  Off-campus education programs are based on the belief that schools can enhance student learning experiences by bringing the community into the school and by placing students out into the community.  This requires a partnership involving the school, the parents/guardians, the student and the employing organization, i.e., business, industry, government or not-for-profit agency, with each of the partners sharing the responsibility for student growth and learning.

ICHS offers three components of off-campus education:

  • Work Experience
  • Green Certificate
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program
Work Experience

Work Experience 15–25–35 courses are components of an off-campus education learning experience. These courses, like other off-campus education courses and course components, provide opportunities for students to:

  • apply, in the workplace, knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through other course work
  • discover their career interests and aptitudes in meaningful work activities, situated in community-based work stations and work sites in business, industry, government and community service. 

Essentially, students can earn up to 30 high school credits while working a part-time job or volunteering with an organisation. Of these 30 credits, 15 of them can be used to fulfil the requirements for a high school diploma.

Prequisite course: HCS3000 

Green Certificate

The Green Certificate Program is an industry driven agricultural training program. Its apprenticeship style of delivery ensures that participants learn through actively performing the skills required. 

The following agricultural specialisations are available:

Beekeeping
Cow-Calf
Dairy
Equine
Feedlot
Field Crop
Irrigated Crop
Sheep
Swine

Prerequiste course: AGR3000

For more information, click on this link to the Alberta Agriculture site.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

High school students can earn credits toward both an apprenticeship program and a high school diploma through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). 

Students enrolled in RAP can:

  • work as an apprentice in one of Alberta’s 50 or more designated trades
  • spend part of the year completing high school diploma requirements and another part of the year working 
  • gain experience at an approved work site
  • accumulate hours toward a ticket while attending high school full-time
  • complete health and safety training
  • get a head start on completing the first year of apprenticeship training while in high school
  • transition into full-time apprenticeship program upon high school graduation

For more information about the apprenticeship program, click on this link to Alberta Tradesecrets.

Prerequiste course: HCS3000

For More Information Contact

Miss McMahon (ICHS Career Counsellor) - amanda.mcmahon@lethsd.ab.ca Work Cell: 403-715-1079

Mr. Andrew Krul (Lethbridge 51 Off-Campus Co-ordinator) - 403-894-0375 - andrew.krul@lethsd.ab.ca