Career Focused

Career Focused

DCSS offers a number of different opportunities for students to explore the world of work;  work experience that will earn credits towards graduation as well as provincial career programming to allow students the experience of apprenticing in a variety of trade certification options.  



Work Experience 10/12A/12B     The work experience program gives students the opportunity to earn up to 12 credits by exploring their career interests in a worksite environment. Successful completion requires that students:

-Complete a pre-employment orientation

-Complete 110 hours of worksite placement per course

-Demonstrate effective application of employability skills

-Participate in a performance evaluation with the worksite supervisor.


Secondary School Apprenticeship 11A, 11B, 12A & 12B     This provincial career program introduces students to industry training programs in British Columbia. The program enables students to register with the Industry Training Authority as an apprentice sponsored by an employer and allows students to start accumulating hours toward trade certification. It is available to all students 15 years old or older in Grades 10, 11, or 12, including students on the Grade 12 Dogwood or Adult Graduation Programs.  Students work toward completing 480 hours of work- based training with a sponsor employer. Work-based training is skill development through practical, hands- on experiences under the supervision of certified tradespersons or equivalent.




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  Entrepreneurship 10    
Do you dream of owning your own business? This course can give you a head start in learning about what you’ll need, to own and operate a successful business. Students will explore creating a business plan, financing a business, plus pricing products and services.




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   Accounting 11    This course should provide you with a solid, introductory foundation in the core terminology, concepts, processes and procedures of financial accounting.  It begins by laying a foundation in general business topics, such as how businesses are financed, what structures they use, what types of businesses they run, and how accounting facilitates management's role in achieving the business' objectives.  Once this general business foundation is set, you will learn about the accounting cycle, which is the processes and procedures that management uses to identify, analyze and record the key information needed to prepare its general purpose financial statements, the income statement, statement of shareholder equity, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.  You will learn how to prepare and read these financial statements to provide a foundation for later, learning how to make lending and investing decisions.



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  Sports and Entertainment Marketing 11     Have you ever wished to play sports professionally?  Have you dreamed of one day becoming an agent for a celebrity entertainer?  If you answered yes to either question, then believe it or not, you’ve been fantasizing about entering the exciting world of sports and entertainment marketing.   Although this particular form of marketing bears some resemblance to traditional marketing, there are many differences as well—including a lot more glitz and glamour!  In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore basic marketing principles and delve deeper into the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment marketing industry.  You’ll learn about how professional athletes, sports teams, and well known entertainers are marketed as commodities and how some of them become billionaires as a result.  If you’ve ever wondered about how things work behind the scenes of a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl or even entertained the idea of playing a role in such an event, then this course will introduce you to the fundamentals of such a career.



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   Fashion and Interior Design 12     Do you have a flair for fashion?  Are you constantly redecorating your room?  If so, the design industry might just be for you! In this course, you'll explore what it is like to work in the industry by exploring career possibilities and the background that you need to pursue them.  Get ready to try your hand at designing as you learn the basics of color and design then test your skills through hands-on projects. In addition, you'll develop the essential communication skills that build success in any business.  By the end of the course, you'll be well on your way to developing the portfolio you need to get your stylishly clad foot in the door of this exciting field.



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  Hospitality and Tourism 12     With greater disposable income and more opportunities for business travel, people are traversing the globe in growing numbers.  As a result, hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world.  This course will introduce students to the hospitality and tourism industry, including hotel and restaurant management, cruise ships, spas, resorts, theme parks, and other areas.  Student will learn about key hospitality issues, the development and management of tourist locations, event planning, marketing, and environmental issues related to leisure and travel.  The course also examines some current and future trends in the field.



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   International Business 12 - Global Commerce in the 21st Century     From geography to culture Global Business is an exciting topic in the business community today.  This course is designed to help students develop the appreciation, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to live and work in a global marketplace.  It takes a global view on business, investigating why and how companies go international and are more interconnected.  The course further provides students a conceptual tool by which to understand how economic, social, cultural, political and legal factors influence both domestic and cross-border business.  Business structures, global entrepreneurship, business management, marketing, and the challenges of managing international organizations will all be explored in this course.  Students will cultivate a mindfulness of how history, geography, language, cultural studies, research skills, and continuing education are important in both business activities and the 21st century.



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  Restaurant Management 12     Have you always dreamed of running your own restaurant?  Maybe you want to manage a restaurant for a famous chef.  What goes on beyond the dining room in a restaurant can determine whether a restaurant is a wild success or a dismal failure. In Restaurant Management, you’ll learn the responsibilities of running a restaurant—from ordering supplies to hiring and firing employees.  This course covers the different types of restaurants; managing kitchen and wait staff; food safety and hygiene; customer relations; marketing; using a point-of-sale system; scheduling employees; and dealing with difficult guests.  Restaurant Management will prepare you for a steady career, whether you plan to buy a fast food franchise, operate a casual sit-down restaurant, or oversee a fine-dining establishment.


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