Discover your career directions through practical real-world connections to learning.
- Interested in exploring a variety of careers through workplace placement?
- Keen on finding practical, real-world connections to your learning?
- Passionate about discovering and developing your gifts and talents?
Consider applying for Venture
The Venture program at Hamilton District Christian High is designed to expand, enhance, and complement our current cooperative education program. Students with a broad variety of academic and vocational interests are invited to participate in a three-year program in Grades 10-12.
September 2014 marked the first year of HDCH’s Venture Program, which offers students the opportunity to meet core course requirements while exploring career options, developing their own sense of vocation, and being part of ‘real world’ workplace placements and internships.
An emergency trauma unit seems like an unusual location for a group of high school students.
But at McMaster University Medical Centre on a sunny Tuesday morning, almost a dozen students dressed in full scrubs connected with medical professionals and participated in a trauma simulation that demonstrated the various roles and procedures in a typical trauma treatment scenario.
NetAccess staff provided Daniel with some entry-level jobs at the beginning, so they could determine his technical competence. They were so pleased with Daniel’s work that they gave him several projects to help develop their “onboarding” and diagnostics tools.
My Co-op placement has given me loads of relevant experience and a head start getting into the networking and IT field. After having the opportunity to work at a company like NetAccess, I know for sure that’s what I want to get into. I love it!” Daniel
It’s not every day that a student gets to test drive the Use of Force program with the Hamilton Police Service. However, it seemed like a natural environment for Melissa Bezemer, grade 12, to experiment with a career in Law Enforcement.
After taking Law at Hamilton District Christian High, Melissa realized that this field is exactly where she wanted her career path to go, and she thought that a Co-op placement might help her to build her confidence as she explored her chosen profession. Richard VanEgmond, Director of Co-op and Venture, helped Melissa to narrow down some possibilities in the Hamilton region and set up the interview process for this highly competitive program. Once Melissa was accepted, she began to form relationships with the officers as she started her formal training.
There was so much to love about this placement,” beams Melissa. “The thing that I enjoyed most was definitely the interactions that I had on a daily basis with Hamilton Police Officers. Whether I was chatting with one of the Use of Force Instructors on our down time, getting advice from the sworn officers who come in for training, or simply following orders, I have already been able to learn so much about what it means to be a Police Officer from the conversations I have had.” Melissa
Laura decided to test her love of science by trying out a half-day co-op placement at Dundas Medical Imaging with an emphasis on ultrasound and x-ray. She soon fell in love with the profession and all of the knowledge and skills that go with it.
From day one, I was treated as part of the team. I got to have a voice and give my input. All of the staff was patient teaching me about their jobs, and I was valued as more than just a student.” Laura
With the help of Mr. Apers, Laura has officially applied to two different colleges for x-ray and two different colleges for the ultrasound program. Both of these programs are extremely competitive, but they are both great career choices.
Variety of Opportunities
Whether it’s learning about the robotic milking technology at Maplebrae Dairy Farm, interviewing a Superior Court Judge at the John Sopinka Courthouse or rolling up their sleeves at CityKidz and the Salvation Army in Hamilton, the Venture Program engages HDCH students in a variety of academic and vocational opportunities.
“Venture is a place where you stop thinking that ‘someday I will be at my goal,’ and you start to believe that ‘today I am on the road that brings me to my final goal.” Lesley
The Hamilton District Christian High Venture Program is a set of courses and community placements intended to provide students with:
- First hand opportunities and resources to explore possible pathways to employment and careers
- Placements that will help to develop a rich sense of being called, and explorations of pathways to develop their abilities and talents
- Learning experiences that will seek to foster the recognition of work as an obedient response to God’s calling
- Challenges to begin a life-long process of discerning how skills and talents can serve God and serve others
The program is organized around a 3-year progression of courses which integrate on-campus learning with community field trips, placements and mentorships.
Instruction will integrate learning expectations with experiences in a variety of venues which will challenge students to consider how possible career opportunities could be places to serve God and benefit others and their communities.
See also: How Venture and Coop Work