Programs & Services - Career Programs

Career Programs

Career Programs aim to help high school students transition smoothly to post-secondary education and work places. These are available at New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS), 835 Eighth Street, New Westminster BC V3M 3S9. They consist of:

Apprenticeship Programs: ACE-IT (Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Trades)

Since 2007, New Westminster Schools has offered these programs at both at NWSS and at our partner post-secondary institutions (BCIT, VCC, PIC and FTI). All students enrolled in District ACE-IT programs are required to also take Secondary School Apprenticeship courses.

Work Experience 12 Program

This program is designed to help students explore career options they are interested in through hands-on experience in a local workplace. This is usually eye-opening and enables students to gain confidence in their career decisions as they transition beyond high school.

Youth Firefighter Program

This program is a partnership between the New Westminster Fire Services; Parks, Culture and Recreation; the Justice Institute of BC and the School District. The Youth Firefighter Program provides students in grades 11 and 12 with the opportunity to experience a condensed fire academy situation. The program includes: first aid, auto extrication, fire science, fire safety, and a trip to the Justice Institute in Maple Ridge to put out live fires at their training grounds. Ten successful applicants are selected each year. For more information, please call Youth Services at 604.515.3775.

Student Police Academy

This program is a cooperative effort of the New Westminster Police Service and the Justice Institute of BC-Policy Academy. The program provides grade 11 and 12 students with a realistic perspective on policing. The academy consists of approximately 80 hours of instruction. When completed the hours may be applied towards students’ work experience activities for grades 11/12.

Programs For Graduated Students

Students interested in the following programs are invited to contact the Career Programs Coordinator at 604 517 6245 during their grade 12 year when applying to the particular post-secondary institute.

BCIT Digital Arts Program is 1 to 2 years in duration and often leads to a career as an animator or digital artist. Graduating NWSS students with marks of 60% or more in Photography and Photoshop 11 or 12, who also meet BCIT entrance requirements, can gain provisional acceptance into the BCIT Digital Arts Program.
Douglas College Animal Health Technology program is 2 years in duration at the David Lam Campus, and often leads to a career as a Veterinarian Assistant. Graduating NWSS students who meet the requirements of the college will be guaranteed an interview for admission to the Animal Health Technology Program.
Douglas College Dental Assisting Program is a 10 month program at the New Westminster Campus and often leads to a career helping dentists and patients. NWSS has an agreement in place whereby each year 1 or 2 graduating students are guaranteed acceptance into the program once they have met the requirements of the college.

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