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Second Annual Free Career Options Q&A with Black Professionals - For youth (grades 8-12) and young adults from diverse backgrounds - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 10:30am-1pm.   Featuring presenters from the fields of business/entrepreneurship, community development/non profit, nursing/labour relations, software engineering, photojournalism, and speech pathology.

Register: or visit the Facebook page for more information:

Please direct all inquiries to

 ​Career Options with Black Professionals 2016.pdfCareer Options with Black Professionals 2016.pdf

Create Change Foundation - Free Marketing and Leadership program for Grade 10-12 students.​ - A Vancouver registered charity that works to support girls in West Africa giving them a chance at education.  Learn about marketing, leadership, sales and fundraising, while assisting hundreds of girls living in poverty in Ghana to attend high school.  Learn from top marketing experts, gain skills in sales, event planning, PR, social media, online campaigning, business canvassing, and networking.  If you are interested, call Rebecca Beaton, High School Program Coordinator at 604-764-9878 or   

CreateChange.pdfCreateChange.pdf     CreateChange2016-17ProgramPoster.pdfCreateChange2016-17ProgramPoster.pdf  



Camp Ignite Mentorship Program 2016 – August 11 to August 14, 2016 - Female students between the ages of 16-18 will be given an introduction to the exciting and challenging career of being a firefighter.  Girls will be introduced to firefighting skills as well as participate in team building activities. Along with this they will receive a CPR level A certificate and Fire Extinguisher training.  Submit your application by hand to Vancouver Fire & Rescue at 900 Heatley Avenue or via email to

Complete info and application package available at:​ 

Trades Field Trips for Grade 9/10/11 Girls

You Can Do Anything – #LIKEAGIRL – Here is your chance to try something entirely new!  If you are curious about the Piping and Plumbing or Electrical trades, there are two opportunities to be involved in field trips.  April 20, 2016 and May 05, 2016.  See your counsellor or Mrs. Alberti in the Counselling Dept. for more information and consent forms.   likeagirltradesfieldtrip.pdflikeagirltradesfieldtrip.pdf   likeagirltradesconsentform.pdflikeagirltradesconsentform.pdf    

VSB Ace It and Specialty ProgramsUpcoming Application Deadlines 2016

For a complete listing of all VSB Career Programs visit the website at: 

Tupper Tech Program                                    February 20, 2016

Automotive Collision Repairer                         March 7, 2016

Automotive Service Technician                       March 7, 2016

Carpentry                                                     March 7, 2016

CISCO & IT Networking Academy                    March 11, 2016

Commercial Painting                                      March 7, 2016

Cook (Professional)                                        March 7, 2016

Enhanced Trades                                           March 11, 2016

Fashion Design and Technology                      March 11, 2016      

Hairdressing                                                  March 7, 2016

Metal Fabrication                                           March 7, 2016

Millwright Foundation (Industrial Mechanic)      March 7, 2016       

Motorcycle & Power Equipment Technician       March 7, 2016

Plumbing                                                      March 7, 2016

Trades Discovery                                           March 7, 2016


Automotive Refinishing Prep                           November 30, 2016

Baking and Pastry Arts                                   November 30, 2016

Health Care Assistant                                     November 30, 2016

Piping Foundation                                          November 30, 2016​

Vancouver Fire & Rescue – Youth Outreach Academy – April 11-15, 2016 Students in Grades 10 to 12 are invited to apply for this five day program.  This free action packed Academy teaches 24 young people to work together in small teams and in challenging environments by providing training and mentorship.  Some program content:  use of fire apparatus and fire extinguishers, search and rescue techniques, self contained breathing apparatus, using the “jaws of life”, fundraising for a local charity, and more!  CPR-C certification is included.  DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS FEBRUARY 29, 2016. Applications must be approved by your school Principal.  For complete info and application packages visit: ​

Engineering Explorations 10 at UBC (for grade 10 girls)

Saturday, March 05, 2016 – Register at   Deadline for registration is February 29, 2016.

Find out more about this expanding field.  Participate in fun engineering activities, tour labs, connect with like-minded students, and talk to current engineering students and professors who will share their stories and experiences.  Registration is for grade 10 girls only.​


Journey Into The Trades Event – For Grade 10 Students and Parents - Wed., January 27, 2016 (8:45am to 11:15am) at Magee Secondary (Pro-D Day.) The goal of Journey Into The Trades is to create awareness around trades and apprenticeships as a first choice career option.  Former VSB ACE IT and SSA students will share their stories of where their journeys have taken them.  Employers and organizations will feature booths at this event to showcase a variety of trades.  Interested students are to see Mrs. Quan in the Business Education Department for registration packages and consent forms.  Please get your packages before the winter break as they must be completed and sent to VSB Career Programs by January 08, 2016.

Students & Parents/Guardians:  The Find Your Fit Tour is a career exploration event that has interactive stations highlighting the top in-demand occupations in BC.  Whether looking to support your child’s career exploration or researching your own prospects, this event will help guide the way.  John Oliver Secondary will be hosting a free public session on Thur, Jan 28 from 3pm to 7pm.  The address is 530 East 41st Ave, Vancouver, in the South Gym.  Best parking is on the West side of the building, off St George St.

February 3, 2016 - 6pm – 8pm at Gladstone Secondary - Vietnamese/Filipino Family Night – Vancouver students will talk trades with parents in their first language.​ 

Vancouver School Board Career Programs will be hosting another Ed Camp Night on February 10, 2016 at Tupper Secondary.  This event is for prospective ACE IT, Tupper Tech, Fashion Design, Enhanced Trades and CISCO students and their parents.  Program teachers and current/past students will be available to share details and answer any questions about their programs.  It will start at 7:00 pm and parents can sign up for two 15 minute sessions in any one the 9 programs offered.  The event is from 7:00 - 8:30 pm and online registration is at    Career Ed Camp 2016.pdfCareer Ed Camp 2016.pdf
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February 18, 2016 - First Nations Trades Sampler – This one-day workshop provides First Nations youth with an opportunity to have hands-on experience with metal/welding, automotive service, and carpentry. Educators will share their passion for trades in a personalized way through small groups.
Full day at John Oliver Secondary​

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Mineral Exploration Roundup 2016 - An international exploration conference hosted by the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC) will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre East under the sails at Canada Place from January 25-28, 2016. Roundup brings together individuals and companies representing the broader mineral resources industry – from prospectors to environmental services consultants. Since 2004, MineralsEd has worked with AME BC to invite secondary students to Roundup for an opportunity to learn more about the minerals industry and the wide variety of great careers available.

 Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences - Indspire invites high school educators and their First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students to attend Indspire’s Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences in Vancouver, BC on either Thursday, February 11, 2016 or Friday, February 12, 2016. At Soaring, students may explore post-secondary options through campus tours, engage in career workshops and an interactive tradeshow with industry professionals, and learn about Indspire’s bursaries and scholarships. The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver Community College, and the University of British Columbia will each host a Soaring event that will include a complimentary lunch and prize giveaways. Registration Deadline: January 21, 2016. 

Invitation to Students & Parents/Guardians:  Find Your Fit Career Exploration Event (  Churchill Secondary's small gym will soon be transformed into an amazing array of interactive stations for students and parents/guardians to explore.  It is an opportunity to learn about the most in-demand jobs in BC, investigate training options, and connect with free WorkBC information and services.   It is targeted to Grades 6 and up.  An “open to all” public session will be held on Mon, Dec 7th from 3:30pm to 7pm.  This is a free event that is sure to be engaging and informative.  The address is 7055 Heather St. (near Oak & 54th).​
BAKING AND PASTRY ARTS (High School Ace It Program)
Applications are due November 30th!   Please see attached sheet for info:
Important points:
All students must spend a week at VCC (Monday to Friday from 1pm to 7:15 pm.)  In order to be with the current ACE IT class, the best weeks are:  November 30-Dec-3, or December 7-10, or January 4–7, or January 11-14.  Students should select a first and second choice.  
You will need to complete any paperwork (field trip form, teacher release from class, non-standard work ed.)  Please be aware of associated fees - the VSB only pays the tuition fee.  Students are responsible for the rest.  Info session on April 7th is mandatory, parents should also attend.  The competition for the program is fierce and VCC makes the final decisions.   The student’s week at VCC plays a critical role in the acceptance.  Students will not receive acceptance notifications until May.  All students who apply will be interviewed by someone from Career Programs.  While applications are due now, interviews will not be until later – closer, but prior to the VCC interviews.  Students must have Foodsafe prior to the program beginning – - certificates must accompany VCC applications in the spring.  Students should have their Foodsafe by spring break at the latest. 
Engineering Explorations 9: Go ENG Girl – Sat., Oct. 17, 2015 – 9am to 3pm - An exciting opportunity for Grade 9 girls to visit UBC Engineering in Vancouver and to learn from women professionals, academics, and students about the wonderful world of engineering. You will enjoy fun, hands-on activities led by current university students, meet amazing mentors and tour one of the top research labs.  Free event and lunch is provided.  Registration closes on October 12, 2015 or when the event is full.  Register at:
Science Expo Youth Empowerment Group, currently the biggest student-run STEM organization in Canada, is recruiting grades 9-12 students to become ambassadors. You must be passionate about STEM, self-motivated, fun, and want to gain professional work experience. More info about the Science Expo on social media or visit for application forms. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS MAY 31, 2015.




 Camp Ignite Mentorship Program 2015 (Firefighting Camp) – For Young Women Between the Ages of 16 to 18 Takes place August 6 to 9, 2015 – You will be introduced to firefighting skills, participate in team building activities, and receive a CPR “A” certificate. Application deadline date is June 1, 2015. Complete info and application forms at:

z - Microsoft Vancouver is hosting a Day of Technology with BCIT on May 13, 2015 for girls aged 13-18 interested in learning what it is like to have a career in technology.  Listen to speakers, be involved in coding, participate in games and receive swag!  Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.  More info at:


9am until 12pm at the Segal Graduate School of Business, SFU Granville St., Vancouver, BC.
Register at  Discover what types of jobs are in this field.  Listen to a panel of presenters and where their career paths have taken them.
Design Fair at Oakridge Mall – Sun., April 12 (11am - 6pm) – Seven local design schools will be hosting:  Emily Carr, Kwantlen, LaSalle College, Langara College, Vancouver Community College, Art Institute of Vancouver, and Visual College of Art and Design.  The Fair will feature inspiring interactive & visual displays from fine arts, fashion, interior, photography, make-up, graphics and more.  No fee to attend.

UBC ENGINEERING EXPLORATIONS 10 – FREE - For Grade 10 Girls – UBC Vancouver Campus – Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 9am to 3:30pm – Tour engineering labs and connect with current UBC engineering students and professors who will share their stories and experiences.  Register by March 23rd.  Complete info at:

UBC Rotaract's Professional Devlopment Conference - "DiscoverME” – Sat., April 04, 2015 – 10:30am until 3pm.  Students in grades 10 to 12 are invited to attend this FREE non-profit event held at UBC. Lunch is included.  Prepare for life beyond secondary school by encouraging both professional and personal growth.  You must register.  More info on their Facebook event page:


Young Women in Business SFU - International Women's Day Conference - Sat, March 07, 2015 - For Grade 11 & 12 students – Featured: two keynote speakers, 3 workshop options, a panel, and an expo focused around learning skills to make an impact in your career and community. (Partnered with the Lipstick Project, a non-profit serving people facing significant health challenges, to create care packages for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities.) Topics include how to project confidence, self-awareness, building and maintaining relationships, giving back to the community, and more. Discounted ticket price for high school students ($30), if the code "ywibsfuiwd" is entered on the EventBrite page.More info and registration at


Women’s Career Conference - UBC Humanitarian Organization for Providing Empowerment (HOPE) - For girls between the ages of 14 and 20 – May 09, 2015 at UBC (10am–3pm) - Students will listen to keynote speakers talk about their careers, and the reasons that they chose their field of work.  Attend workshops and discussions.  This event is free of charge and lunch is provided.  On-line sign up at:   Fill in your name, grade, interested field or faculty, and the workshop topics you would find interesting or helpful.



ACE IT applications for the following are DUE MARCH 06, 2015:

  • Cook
  • Auto Service Tech
  • Auto Collision
  • Carpentry
  • Hairdressing
  • Millwright – February intake but we need students to start planning for this
  • Metal Fabrication - February intake but we need students to start planning for this
  • Motor Cycle Repair - February intake but we need students to start planning for this

Also due:



The 20th Annual Sears DX Canadian High School Design Competition 2014-15

Design Competition.pdfDesign Competition.pdf


​VSB Career Programs Event - Feb. 18, 2015 - 7pm

Career Programs will be hosting an event on February 18, 2015 at Tupper Secondary. It will be an "Ed Camp" style event for prospective ACE IT, Tupper Tech, Fashion Design, Enhanced Trades and CISCO students and their parents. Program teachers and current/past students will be available to share details and answer any questions about their programs. It will start at 7:00 pm and parents can sign up for two 15 minute sessions for any of the 9 programs we offer. The event is from 7:00 - 8:15pm and online registration is at

Career Ed Camp 2015.pdfCareer Ed Camp 2015.pdf



: Monday, January 26
Time: 9:30a - 3:00p
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place)

This all day program will include presentations by young professionals working in a variety of careers within the industry, a career-focused exploration of the exhibits, and hands-on gold panning with Yukon Dan. Post-secondary student guides will accompany the students and also speak about their programs and experiences.


Students must be nominated by a teacher. 
Sign up early, spaces are limited. 

​ACE IT Program Applicaitons are Due November 28th, 2014

A reminder for applications:

  • Baking – Summer 2015 intake
  • Plumbing – June 2015 intake
  • Painting – June 2015 intake
  • Auto Refinishing Prep Tech – February 2015 intake
  • Metal Fabrication – possible February 2015 intake – if seats are still available
  • Motorcycle and Power Equipment Technician - possible February 2015 intake – if seats are still available

New applications are on the website:



se see your grade counsellor if you are interested.