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Backwards Planning for Post-Secondary Entry Requirements
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Applying to College or University
RESOURCES FOR ‘BACKWARDS PLANNING’
As Sean Covey says in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, you should ‘begin with the end in mind’ when making plans. This enables you to make informed choices as you determine course selections each year.
ALL STUDENTS are encouraged to visit Career Cruising on Weldon’s homepage and explore its many excellent resources. (Follow the new instructions for login.)
Students on ALL PATHWAYS may be considering an APPRENTICESHIP andwill find the following websites helpful:
Consider Cooperative Education as a key part of your secondary school plan. Speak to a Coop Teacher about potential placements related to your area of interest. Additional information regarding the Cooperative Education Program, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), and Specialist High Skills Majors in Construction and Transportation are included in the Specialized Programs section of the Course Calendar and on the Weldon website
- Students on the COLLEGE PATHWAY should explore www.ontariocolleges.ca. Use the ‘PROGRAMS’ section to search up programs of interest and follow the links to the individual college websites. Check admission requirements carefully in order to ensure that appropriate course selections are made during your grade 11 and 12 years. Pay particular attention to any Math, English and Science requirements that are mentioned by the colleges. Many College Pathway students find that a Cooperative Education experience in secondary school helps them in making informed choices for college plans.
- Students on the UNIVERSITY PATHWAY are reminded that six 4U/4M courses (including ENG4U) are required for university programs. More specific information regarding prerequisite courses and other entry requirements for particular programs at Ontario universities is available through www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca. Use the ‘Find a Program’ or ‘Choose an Ontario University’ tab to begin your research. Each Program Details page also provides a link to the university’s site. Choose your grade 11 and 12 courses carefully based on the admission requirements for programs of interest. Watch for other courses that, though not required, are ‘recommended’ or that are related to your post-secondary goals. Because the grade 12 year can be quite full meeting the 4U/M requirements, students on this pathway who wish to take Cooperative Education at secondary school should consider it in grade 11.
- Students on the WORKPLACE PATHWAY may explore both college and apprenticeship opportunities for which they have the required courses – check English and Math prerequisites carefully. Students moving directly to the workplace will gain valuable experience through the grade 12 Cooperative Education placement. Workplace course curriculum is designed to prepare students for the workplace and active citizenship. See your Guidance Counsellor and/or the Head of Special Education for additional resources suited to your individual needs.