Off-Campus Education

Parkland School Division's Off-Campus Education programs are tailored for high school students interested in exploring their career options and developing the skills they will need to work in their chosen field while still earning credits towards a diploma.

Students have multiple off-campus options to choose from depending on their interests: mastering a trade, working in agriculture, getting a head start in a post-secondary program, and more.

Registered Apprenticeship Program

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HCS3000. Note:  This prerequisite course can be completed through AAC. Arrangements for enrollment can be made through your Grade Administrator or a Counsellor in Student Services.
Credits: Up to 40

The RAP program is an apprenticeship program for senior high school students who are 15 years of age and older.  RAP students are registered as both full-time students and registered apprentices, and must be actively working toward the completion of their senior high school diploma. 

The amount of time a RAP student spends at school and on the work site can be quite flexible, allowing the student to divide his or her time between an approved work site and other required high school courses.

As a student, the RAP apprentice attends classes, completes school assignments, and maintains passing grades.

The student, school, and employer jointly agree to a suitable schedule.  All hours of work in this program are applied to the acquisition of a journeyman certificate, and students can earn up to 40 high school credits that can be applied to their high school diploma.  

The RAP apprentice works under the supervision of a certified journeyman in their specific trade and is expected to take on the same responsibilities as a regular apprentice and be just as productive.  The RAP apprentice is expected to be punctual, complete tasks as assigned, and must observe all safety regulations and other rules of the employer.  

Students are responsible for finding the company and/or journeyman to apprentice under.  Some help for placement is available through CAREERS the Next Generation and the Off-Campus Education Coordinator.  Students will be set up on a Work Experience Contract for a probationary period before they apply for their apprenticeship papers (Bluebook). When at the stage where they are enrolling in their apprenticeship, they will transition into the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Dual Credit Program

Through courses designed to offer both secondary and post-secondary accreditation, the Dual Credit Program allows students to earn college credits while still in high school. Parkland School Division has partnered with multiple post-secondary institutions in Alberta to provide opportunities to students in a variety of career areas. Select students may also qualify for dual credit scholarships.

Green Certificate Program

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: AGR3000 - Note:  this prerequisite module can be completed through AAC.  Arrangements can be made for enrollment through your Grade Administrator or a Counsellor in Student Services.
Credits: 16

The Green Certificate Program is an apprenticeship-style agricultural training program that offers eleven specialization areas for students to choose from.

These include: 

  • Beekeeping
  • Cow-calf
  • Dairy
  • Equine
  • Feedlot
  • Field crop
  • Greenhouse
  • Irrigated crop
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Swine 

Trainees in the program work with a trainer who is knowledgeable in the particular specialization. 

As the program is hands-on, trainees learn skills by following their trainer’s lead and are also responsible for learning the skills in the training manual.

As the trainee progresses at mastering the skills in each of the three training periods, they are presented with testing opportunities to work towards certification. The tests are oral.

Upon completion of the program, trainees earn 16 high school credits (33-level) and receive a certificate from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. 

At the high school level, the program operates under the supervision of a school division representative following the Off-Campus Education Policy. 

The Green Certificate Regional Coordinator leads induction meetings, schedules testing and training events, and is available for support to trainees and trainers.


More Information

If you are interested in registering for an Off-Campus Program, or would like to learn more about RAP, Green Certificate or Dual Credit, please visit the Parkland School Division Off-Campus Education page and/or contact Parkland School Division's Vocational Education Coordinator.

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