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Career Event Opportunities 2015/2016


Geering Up and Science Alive Present Girls Only Makeathon – Tech for Health – UBC Engineering Design Centre -Sat., June 04, 2016 – 8:30am until 6:30pm – Create a “pet” robot to provide comfort and monitor health for senior citizens.  100 spots for high school girls only.  $40 program fee – awards for top categories.  Info/registration:

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

Are you a female looking for a Career as an Electrician? - EJTC Training Facility is holding an Open House for Women on Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10am until 2pm.  An opportunity to see if a career as electrician is right for you!   EJTCWomen.PDFEJTCWomen.PDF

UBC Summer Science Program 2016 - A one-week cultural, health and science program for Aboriginal students in grades 8-11.  The program promotes interest in health and science programs through firsthand experience at the University of British Columbia.  Great opportunities to meet new friends, eat great food, connect with Elders and role models, and enjoy fun, laughter and learning.  Complete details here:  ​UBCSummerScienceProg-Aboriginal2016.pdfUBCSummerScienceProg-Aboriginal2016.pdf

Operation Med School (OMS) – One day medical conference for students

This year’s conference takes place on Sat., April 30 (9am to 5pm) at the University of British Columbia’s West Mall Swing Space Building (2175 West Mall, V6T 1Z4).  Learn more about the field of medicine through activities and lectures by medical experts.  Network with professionals, current medical students, and other aspiring young doctors.  Tickets are $25 and lunch will be provided.  A portion of this year's proceeds will be donated to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada.  For more information visit

UBC ‘Let’s Talk Bio-Engineering’ - Friday May 27th – 8am to 4pm – FREE one day symposium focusing on theory and applications of bioengineering, providing insight into the field, introducing students to leading industry and academic professionals, and encouraging students to explore opportunities in science and engineering.  This event is geared towards young women in Grades 10 to 12, but is open to any student interested in participating.  Complete info at:   Registration mandatory by April 30, 2016


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:​

Rotaract Club of Vancouver - UBC - 9th Annual Professional Development Conference -  “DiscoverME: Pathways to Success” - April 02, 2016 - 1 PM to 5 PM – For students in grades 10 to 12.  Limited seats available.  Complete info at:  

SOLDIER FOR A DAY WORK STUDY PROGRAM – Saturday, April 30, 2016Space is limited, so apply early!  Deadline to apply is April 15, 2016.  See your counsellor or Mrs. Alberti in the Counselling Department for application packages.  This 6 ½ hour program will show students how a soldier in the Army Reserve is trained and what they do when they are working for the Canadian Armed Forces.  Students will be given the opportunity to be given basic instruction in marching, weapons, individual kit, rappelling, communication systems, basic field skills, chemical defence, engineering displays and technical trades.  Get a closer look at education and job opportunities offered by some of the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland Army Reserve units.   soldierforaday2016.pdfsoldierforaday2016.pdf


 Cathay Pacific's “I Can Fly” program offers Grade 11 students the opportunity to step behind the scenes of commercial aviation.  This 8-week Academy, with weekly evening classes, has pilots, flight attendants, airport staff and others who work in the airline/travel industry offering their valuable insights into their jobs and who will offer tips on how to best follow in their footsteps.  Included are lectures, field trips and hands-on exercises.  DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016!  Complete info 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    

“The Sky’s No Limit - Girls Fly 2” - Abbotsford International Airport – Sat/Sun March 12-13, 2016 – 9am to 5:30pm – Be amazed by hands-on activities from Aviation, Aerospace, Marine/Defence, and Space, too.  FREE flights for female first-time fliers of any age.  Free fun for the whole family!  More info at:   

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.​

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: 


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 NightVancouver 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

CBC Vancouver’s Junior J-School

Date:  Saturday January 23, 2016

Time:  10:00 am – 4:30 pm (9:00 am registration, lunch provided)

Where:  CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre, 700 Hamilton Street

Register:  (First come, first serve!)

Detailed registration information:

Ever wonder how a story makes it onto TV or radio? Or how social media and digital channels are changing the face of journalism for reporters? Do you have what it takes to report from the front lines?  350 students in grades 10, 11 and 12 from Metro Vancouver are invited to CBC Vancouver’s Studio 40 to attend Junior J-School. This one-day workshop offers a unique opportunity for students to learn from veteran CBC journalists such as Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang, Rick Cluff and more. Throughout the day, students will be given an intimate and behind the scenes look into their work.


"The Verna Kirkness Education Program” for Grade 11 First Nations, Metis or Inuit Students with an Interest in Science, Math or Engineering.  Spend one week in a research laboratory (science or engineering) May 16-20, 2016 at UBC.   Complete info at:
Application info at:  (Please make sure to complete entire application plus reference letter.)  APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31, 2016.
Program details:  all expenses are paid - transportation, food, and accommodations, students will receive a Nexus 7 Tablet.  Students will live in residence along with teacher/chaperones and spend time with Elders at the Aboriginal Students' Centre at the University.  Attend a traditional feast with guest speakers and drumming.
Email application:
For more information:   Dr. Ron Woznow, Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation, (604) 485-5774, Email

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. 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.​ 
Click here for more info:  Mineral Resources Ed Prog of BC.pdfMineral Resources Ed Prog of BC.pdf

 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).​

Pharmacy 101 for Youth 2015Sat., Oct. 17, 2015 – 9:30am at UBC (2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver)  FREE Conference for Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 students who are interested in Pharmaceutical Sciences - partnered with UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and several other sponsors.  For students who want to explore this career option.  A maximum of 200 students will be accepted to attend. The selection process will be based on the quality of your short answers provided on the registration form.  Lunch included.  DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS OCT. 04:
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: