Business / Co-operative Education

Experiential Learning is learning outside the classroom while earning high school credits.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What software is used in the BTT1O0 course (Introduction to Information Technology)?

We use Microsoft Office as it is an industry standard.

What business courses are offered after Grade 9?

Grade 10 Introduction to Business

Grade 11 Marketing and Accounting

Grade 12 Entrepreneurship, Accounting, and Business Leadership

Why should I take a business course?

Even if you don’t pursue a business degree or diploma, the concepts learned will help you in everyday life (like managing your own finances for example) and someday you may own your own business!

Do I have to be in an academic stream to take Business courses?

No.  All business courses are offered at either the Open level, or the Mixed (College/University) level.

Co-operative Education

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is an apprenticeship?

If you do your co-op in any area which is considered a skilled trade, you will become an OYAP student (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program).  This chart illustrates all the skilled trades in Ontario.

Can girls work in skilled trades?

Anyone can work in skilled trades!  We have had many girls do OYAP placements in General Machining and Tool and Mold.  We are hoping in the future that we see more girls go into other trades like Electrical, Plumbing, and Carpentry.

Why should I take co-op?

Co-op allows you to test-drive a career.  You can choose a work placement in a field you are interested in and see if you really like it.  Most of our students find that they enjoy their placement and do pursue a career in that area.  We have also had students realize that they definitely do not want to work in that area.  They appreciate the co-op opportunity before they paid a lot of money to pursue that area in College or University.

Do I have to find my own placement?

If you know someone in a business where you would like to co-op, you can give us the contact information and we will set up the placement for you.  However, you do not need to have a contact.  We will find you a placement based on your interests and what is available at that time.