A note from Lettie Croskery, your Career Practitioner...
I want to continue to work with our students in researching future career paths and post-secondary education/funding options during this time away from our school building.
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org), text or call (403-915-0781) me and we can review information together! There is no need to stop our career planning processes, but instead of fun field trips and in person/class discussions, we will find a way to connect in a positive, productive manner.
UPDATES FROM Lettie - information you need for Summer 2020!
Interested in taking part in some post-secondary programming this summer? Most colleges and universities offer amazing summer camps for high school students. Despite the closure of in-person camps, many virtual opportunities for exploration are available. Check out this LIST for ideas! Everything from International Law at McGill University to Dinosaurs 101 through University of Alberta.
ARE YOU AT LEAST 15 YEARS OF AGE and earned $5000 or more in 2019? Did you lose a job because of the COVID-19 virus? You may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The CERB provides funding of $2000.00 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks. You can earn up to $1000 per month while collecting CERB.
If you don't qualify for CERB, you may qualify for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) which provides $1250.00/month (or $1750.00/month for students with dependents or who have permanent disabilities) up to August 2020 if you have been unable to secure summer work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta Industry Trades Information - This is the home page for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and contains information about the process to become a Journey person in Alberta. You can start on this path in high school!
Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) brochure This brochure outlines the process where students in high school can begin their apprenticeship career.
Trade Entrance Requirements - Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training
Trades and Occupations list - A comprehensive list of Alberta's Registered trades, complete with career profile information for each trade.
Trades specific scholarships - As a trades person, you are eligible for thousands of dollars in scholarships! Here is the link from the government website.
Career sites we know and love!
AgCareers - Great site to learn more about numerous agricultural opportunities.
AWWOA - Alberta Water and Wastewater Operators Association has a careers section with profiles and videos about careers in the water/wastewater industry.
Career Transitions - Serving southern Alberta High Schools with numerous career events.
Cool Jobs - McLean's magazine profiles some very cool careers!
Cybermentor.ca - This site connects girls in grades 6 -12 with career mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focused occupations.
Goodwork.ca - Environmental jobs and green work, perfect for outdoorsy types!
Health Care Career Profiles - These profiles, provided by AHS, portray the wide range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare careers.
Learning Clicks - An up to date, interactive career development site focused on the needs of secondary students.
OCCINFO - Look up and learn about hundreds of occupations on this site!
One Week Job - True story of a UBC graduate and his search for a career! We have a copy of his documentary in our Career Services office.
Real Talk - Gain quick access to information about real careers from people who are currently working in those areas.
Road to Employment - Two recent grads take a major road trip to find out what Canadian employers are looking for.
Xello - This revised edition of what we knew as "Career Cruising", is now easier to access as you "SIGN IN" (top right of the webpage) with your LRSD login and password. The site offers free assessments and links to review hundreds of possible career choices. If you have problems logging in, please contact Lettie for assistance! You can also login to Xello from your home google screen. Just click on your waffle and select the Xello icon to get started.
Job Search & Volunteering
Looking for work or volunteer opportunities? You may benefit from a job search session with your Career Practitioner to update or create your resume, practice your interview skills and position yourself for job search success! In the meantime, check out these links:
Claresholm & District Chamber of Commerce - Learn more about the business community in Claresholm!
Employment Standards Fact Sheet - Answers common questions about the rights and responsibilities of young people in the workforce
Family & Community Support Services - Check out the wide range of events going on in our area, and perhaps ways that you can volunteer to make a difference in the community.
Looking for Work - ALIS website - This is a great resource as you embark on a job search!
Lettie's List of Cool Things
Have you ever thought about changing things up a bit? This list (compiled with love by your Career Practitioner!) is full of opportunities for you to expand your learning to include volunteer programs, unique classroom experiences and international exchanges. Program costs range from FREE to up to $33,000.00 for specialized programs which offer scholarship subsidies.
There are so many ways to continue your education beyond high school! Below you will find links to College and University offerings across Canada. Where should I go to university? McLean's Magazine publishes an annual list of top universities in Canada. Check out their University rankings for 2020!
Ready to start applying? For all Alberta Institutions, you start with Apply Alberta. Your Career Practitioner is always available to help you with this process.
TIME to CHOOSE - this website allows you to search for Alberta programs based on location, program length or subject area!
Scholarships and Loan Information
2019-2020 Funding Guide - This guide (updated every year) has all of the information you need to complete the Student Loan application form for post-secondary studies. The guide includes information about grant funding as well.
ALBERTA HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS - This list, lovingly procured and updated by YOUR Career Practitioner is definitely worth a read!
Alexander RUTHERFORD Scholarship - Receive up to $2500 based on your average (which includes option courses!) in grades 10,11 and 12. Apply in August and receive your cheque in early October (generally) of your first post-secondary semester.
CLARESHOLM AREA HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS - Check out this recently updated list of scholarships specific to the Claresholm area.
Higher Ed Points Students and graduates can convert loyalty points through HigherEdPoints in $250 increments to make tuition payments or to pay back student loans. Parents, relatives and friends can also use their loyalty program points to help students pay back their loans.
RESP information in 3 minutes! This YouTube video may be of interest if you are looking for quick information about the Registered Education Savings Program. Taking advantage of the up to $7200.00 in government contributions is a great way to help a student save for post secondary education. The government of Canada provides further information about Using your RESP when it's time to start withdrawing funds for your student's post-secondary studies.
Scholarships Canada - You can create a profile and this website will match you with potential scholarships. It takes time to sort through the list, but it could pay off in big dollars!
Scholar Tree - Similar to Scholarships Canada; create a profile and review scholarship suggestions based on your personal information.
Student Aid Alberta - Lots of information on this site for Alberta students seeking scholarships, grants and loans.
Student Grant Estimator - Fill in this very quick calculator to determine how much you may receive in GRANTS (that's free money, not a loan!) from the Canadian government.