Discover Venture

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?

VEN_Circle4Consider 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.

McMaster Trauma Unit >>

VENT_CirckleAn 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.

Dundas Medical Imaging >>

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 Vision

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

Full Integration

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

VENT_CityKidzOne of my favourite experiences in the program so far has been visiting CityKidz, a non-profit organization in Hamilton. It was nice to experience a small taste of some of the many things that must happen for this organization to run, and to appreciate all the effort that goes in to welcoming kids from across Hamilton each week.
I especially enjoyed this because I have an interest in mission/non-profit work, and I like seeing the types of good things going on around Hamilton and the way people are helping each other.” Madeleine

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