Welcome to Career & technology Studies

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) allows high school students to explore interests outside of the core courses. Many CTS courses provide skills for students to achieve success in the workplace or in post secondary. Whether it is lifestyle and trade skills such as Foods, Fashion, and Construction; hobby and freelance skills such as Cosmetology, Natural Sciences, and Photography; or technology skills such as Computing Science, Communication Technology, and Design needed for post-secondary, there is something for everyone!

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Computer Science

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Communication Technology

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Construction

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Cosmetology

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Culinary Arts

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Design Studies

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Fashion Studies

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Food Studies

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Natural Sciences

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Photography

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Pre-Engineering

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Course descriptions

Architectural engineering

In this course, students apply concepts by designing hands-on projects to demonstrate an understanding of science, technology, engineering and art through literacy and mathematics. Students will explore engineering fields with an emphasis on art and science, while earning credentials and certifications. 

This is a 15 credit program scheduled over one semester or two quarters, depending on the schedule in effect. In effect a student is in the same class for three periods of instruction. This allows to class to progress together through increasingly complex problems after having an introduction to a variety of tools ranging from the simple, like hand tools, throught to more complex ones such as 3D printers, and Laser CNC machines

It is open to any student in Grades 10 to 12, though we recommend that they do it in Grade 11, having been exposed to a solid foundation in their CORE classes.

A common conflict- one best explored in detail with either a career counsellor in student services or your Assistant Principal once enrolled in W.P. Wagner

Computer Science

By studying coding and video game design, Computer Science students develop problem-solving skills that will help them succeed in all of their high school courses and in post-secondary. Computer Science 30 may be used as an entrance requirement to post-secondary.

Yes, most post-secondary institutions in Alberta accept Comp Sci as a Science requirement.

Visual Basic in Comp Sci 10 and Java in 20 and 30. Grade 12 students can write the AP Exam in Java.

Communication Technology

Students who take this graphic design course will study elements and principles of design as well as typography through print design, web design, animation, video production and game design. This project-based course offers plenty of student choice using many elements of Adobe Creative Cloud and the Unity Game Engine.

Photography is, indeed, a part of the Communication Technology program of studies. At W.P. Wagner, there is so much interest in Photography that we offer it as a completely separate class.

Many students find that they have strong skills in graphic design and can easily make money as a freelance designer, making clothing, posters, logos and websites for others. It can be lucrative enough to help pay for tuition, certifications and learning materials such as text books for their university courses.

Construction

Students will learn how to use wood materials to develop their own design ideas and take them through the fabrication process, resulting in their very own completed product. Students will have access to important safety training in both hand and industrial power tools regardless of their level of previous experience. Students who are unsure about what they want to do after high school may find out that a well-paid path creating with their head and their hands is just what they’re looking for. 

This is a course that provides some very important life skills. Students will learn how to use tools safely and effectively. Over and above this, the knowledge gained from this class can help with degrees in Engineering, Arcitecture etc.

Yes, we teach you how to safely use each and every machine to help better prepare you for where ever your future career may lead.

Cosmetology

Explore the exciting world of beauty and join our Cosmetology program at Wagner. Cosmetology students learn the latest styles and techniques in order to enhance their own beauty and that of others. Students have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of hairstyling, cutting, coloring, extensions, and other aspects of professional grooming.

Yes. If you take Campus EPSB Cosmetology, you can start earning hours towards your apprenticeship as early as grade 11 which will mean you will be well on your way to becoming a licensed Hairstylist by the time you graduate.

Yes, we have tailored our Cosmetology program so that you can use your Cosmetology 30 completion marks at some post secondary establishments including MacEwan University.

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts is a hands on food science course designed both for the explorative, and the career minded student. W.P. Wagner students will have the opportunity to explore food sciences hands-on through the production of cheese and yogurt, natural yeast baking, aging proteins, sausage making and molecular gastronomy. Students will be able to demonstrate these skills through personal menu creation, food artistry, marketing, business, and health management. For students interested in pursuing cooking professionally Culinary Arts Apprenticeship streams directly into Second Year Culinary Arts at NAIT.

Yes you may take Culinary Arts in grade 10, there is no prerequisite.

Hands on real world experience that coexists with theoretical knowledge and training. When paired together the student will be able to write a second year admittance test to enter NAIT; bypassing the first year of college and saving both money and time when entering the professional field.

Design studies

Design Studies is an excellent starting point for students interested in studying the creative process used in architecture, industrial design, engineering, interior design and landscape design. Students work with a variety of tools and techniques from hand-sketching to computer-aided design to learn about the fundamentals of 2-D and 3-D design and manufacturing.

We use a mix of traditional hand-drafting techniques to learn the foundations and move to industry-standard software to explore design further. We also have several physical output tools available to us such as multiple 3D printers, large-format printers, and a laser engraver.

Perhaps. Your child will certainly gain enough of a foundation of skill and understanding to begin to undertake a large project like this. Students in this course have designed lake dock systems (that have actually been built), windows, doors, and furniture. We also tackle larger projects like landscaping and designing a cabin for a typical Alberta lake lot.

Fashion studies

Have a love for fashion? Want to learn how to design and sew your own clothing line? Fashion Studies gives students the opportunity to imagine, design and create one-of-a-kind clothing garments. You’ll never have to pay someone to hem your pants or sew on a button again! 

The possibilities are endless. You can make anything from PJ boxer shorts, to a drawstring backpack, a hoodie, we do tye dying, design your own skirt pattern, make your grad dress. You dream it, you can create it!

Absolutely! We have had students compete in previous years and it is such a valuable experience.

Foods studies

Can you taste it? If you want to learn about the power of food and its ability to assist in maintaining a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, this is the course for you. Learn while you cook. This practical, skills-based environment provides students with knowledge and skills that will serve them well for a lifetime. They also get to eat their creations!

We cook anywhere from 3-4 times a week. It is a very hands on course so it is important that students have every opportunity to practice and showcase their skills and techniques.

We explore a wide variety of foods from Albacore Tuna to Zucchini. Students will recieve instruction on how to prepare numerous dishes and have opportunity to develop their creative expression. There are a great many courses within Foods that students can access from the basics of safety and sanitation, health and nutrition to the popular snacks /appetizers and plating presentation. Beyond the cooking skills that are developed, there is opportunity to create, explore, develop and succeed with food being the catalyst for your students experience at High School.

Natural Science

Go beyond the whiteboard!  In this hands-on course students will use the greenhouse, orchard, workroom and classroom to explore many aspects of our natural world.  Hydroponics, aquaponics, herb growing, microgreens, vegetable gardening and propagations are just some of the skills students will learn.  Students are encouraged to explore personal and group projects throughout the course based on interest.

We have a classroom (for learning), a workroom (for indoor growing), a 5000 sqft greenhouse, a 20+ tree orchard and multiple areas for outdoor landscaping. Students may work in one area exclusively as a project or work in multiple areas to earn their credits.

Any horticultural career would be applicable. Careers like landscaping, gardening, interioscaping, and greenhouse careers. A number of students work at greenhouses for summer jobs. Previous students have started home businesses with microgreening, sprouting and even growing hot peppers!

Photography

Anyone can take a photo, but students who take photography learn the art and science of taking truly captivating and powerful images. Unleash your creativity in and out of the classroom and hone your technique with supplied DSLR cameras and editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere.

Students at W. P. Wagner have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, meaning they can use the most recent versions of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere. As part of our curriculum (at all three levels), students learn editing and developing skills in a number of creative ways.

Photography students have the opportunity to take photos in many parts of the school and also outside in our extensive school grounds. W. P. Wagner has a treed ravine on its property and is also adjacent to railway tracks and an industrial area, making for a variety of interesting locations. Students also have the opportunity to go on walking field trips through neighbouring communities to places like the Mill Creek Ravine.

Pre-engineering

Pre-Engineering is designed to provide students with an understanding of engineering as a career path. This course focuses on developing critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration skills through hands-on activities and rigorous design-based projects.

 

Career & technology studies

For any inquiries please email

pete.mackay@epsb.ca

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