Discover Venture

Venture/Co Op Booklet

Discover. Explore. Connect.

The HDCH Venture program provides students with opportunities to explore potential career pathways while meeting OSSD and HDCH Graduation requirements. Students complete the Venture program by:

  • Completing career exploration and post-secondary planning in Grades 10 -11
  • Establishing mentorship relationships with employers in a field of interest and completing short term “Test Drive” placements
  • Earning industry-recognized certification such as CPR First Aid, WHMIS, and WHSA training
  • Gaining significant real workplace experience through Leadership or Co op placements with community employers

Why Venture?

High school students can find the process of evaluating various career options and planning their post-secondary pathway challenging. The Venture program is designed to assist students by helping students create an “on-ramp” onto their post-secondary pathway.

Explore career pathways

Venture expands, enhances, and complements our current cooperative education program and gives students a chance to explore career pathways, design an initial career plan, learn how to qualify for and connect with community employers and placement opportunities.

Students in Venture have 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.


“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 @ Owl Publications


Future-ready

The HDCH Venture program is an innovative approach to integrating career discernment, employment preparation, and community engagement. Students who complete the Venture program are well positioned for successful transitions to their respective career fields.

Students acquire a range of future-ready employability skills that employers value, developed a well thought out post-secondary plan, and established a network of real-world professionals and contacts that can assist them throughout finding a successful career in their employment pathway.


Venture Strands

There are a number of options for students depending on electives, post-secondary goals and specific scheduling of course but in most cases, students are able to work this into their four-year program.

Past Venture students have successfully completed the program while meeting requirements for fields such as Health Sciences, Journalism/Media and Physiotherapy.

Students begin planning their Grade 11-12 program in Grade 10 with the assistance of Venture teachers and Student Services.

SAMPLE CONFIGURATIONS

Community College/Technical: Media/Broadcasting

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English  English English Half Day or Full Day Co op (2 or 4 Credits)  
Math  Math Math 
Science Science Group 1 ( Senior Perspectives)

Venture 11 (Personal Life Management) 

Technology/Megabloc History  Group 2 ( Senior Perspectives)
Geography Religious Studies 1 Group 3: (Senior Science, Tech) 
French Venture 10 (Careers/Civics) Senior Religious Studies 2
Physical Education Venture 10 (Design Your Life) 
Integrated Arts TGJ2O Comm  Tech Grade 11 Media

“This placement was not what I expected. On my first day, I was already helping during the filming of one of our shows!” ~ Iris @ Cable 14

University: Health Sciences | Physio | Veterinary Science

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English  English English SBI4U
Math  Math Math  SCH4U or PSK4U
Science Science Group 1 ( Senior Perspectives)

Venture 11 (Personal Life Management)

MDM4U
Technology/Megabloc History  Group 2 ( Senior Perspectives)
Geography Religious Studies 1 Group 3:  SBI3U 
French Venture 10 (Careers/Civics) Senior Religious Studies 2
Physical Education Venture 10 (Design Your Life)  Half Day Co op (2 Credits) or a 1 Credit Leadership Placement with a PE class
Integrated Arts SCH3U

“I learned that I love working with animals, spending time in surgery, and this is definately what I would like to do with the rest of my life.” ~ Shelby @ Beattie Animal Clinic

Workplace/Skilled Trades Apprenticeship: HVAC | Electrician or Automotive Tech

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English  English English Full Day Co op (4 Credits) 
Math  Math Math 
Science Science Group 1 ( Senior Perspectives)

Venture 11 (Personal Life Management) 

Technology/Megabloc History  Group 2 ( Senior Perspectives)
Geography Religious Studies 1 Group 3 TTJ2O or TCJ3E TWJ3E
French Venture 10 (Careers/Civics) Senior Religious Studies 2
Physical Education Venture 10 (Design Your Life)  Management) 
Integrated Arts

“I was able to get an initial expereience, give my employer a chance to see how I work, and they hired me on. From the co op, I was able to start as an employees and will trnaition into an apprenticeship pathway this fall.” ~ Ed @ New Electric


Venture: Four Year Cycle

Apply ~ Grade 9
Students in Grade 9 are invited to apply by February of their Grade 9 year and completing an application form and participating in a group entry interview.

Students who successfully apply are offered a Letter of Acceptance in March. In April and May, students participate in Lunch and Labs to start creating pathways for the coming year in Venture 10.

Explore ~ Grade 10
Students complete a full year, 2 credit course experience combining Careers/Civics and Designing Your Life. The year combines personal interest assessments, career explorations through a number of speakers and learning trips, and community engagement projects.

Discover ~ Grade 11
Students complete a 1 credit post secondary career skills and planning course through Personal Life Management and complete career specific courses towards their career interest.

Experience ~ Grade 12
Students complete either a Leadership internships within HDCH or co op placement with a community employer (1 or more credits).

Students complete Venture Portfolio and receive Venture recognition certificate (May/June).


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