Grade 9 Information Technology (BTT 1O0)
The Business program helps prepare students for the ever-changing world. It provides them with life skills that are transferable after high school, no matter what their plans are for the future. They will learn to think critically, effectively communicate and adapt to change. It sets them up to navigate future challenges by helping them develop real world skills they can use outside of the classroom.
In the Grade 9 Information Technology course (BTT 1O0), students are introduced to information and communication technology in a business environment and build a foundation of digital literacy skills. They will learn to use industry standard software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and desktop publishing. BTT helps students develop skills they will need in their everyday lives.
There is also an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.
Experiential Learning is learning outside the classroom. In Grade 9, students will have their first opportunity for experiential learning by taking part in Ontario’s Take Your Kids to Work Day in November. This year, because of the pandemic, this program was offered virtually; but normally students have the opportunity to spend a day away from school by accompanying an adult into the workplace. By shadowing an adult for the day, they learn what a day in the workplace involves and may even get an idea of a career they would someday like to pursue.
In Grade 11 and 12, students have the opportunity to add Co-op to their schedules. They can earn credits while working outside of school. Students can take ½-day co-op (2 credits) or full-day co-op (4 credits) in a traditional semester system. There is no limit as to the number of co-op credits a student can earn toward their diploma.
If a student’s Co-op is in a skilled trade, they become an OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship) student. This allows them to be registered as a youth apprentice and to count their hours toward any future apprenticeship in that trade.