Experiential Learning is an approach to
student learning that provides students with opportunities to
participate actively in experiences connected to a community outslide of
school (local, national or global); reflect on those experiences to
derive meaning from them; and apply their learning to their decisions
and actions in various aspects of their lives.
the Lambton Kent District School Board, students can also participate
in many provincial programs that expose students to opportunities beyond
the classroom. These experiences take the form of Cooperative
Education, SHSM and OYAP programs, Dual Credit Experiences and
Cooperative Education Programs
Education integrates academic study and theory with on-the-job
experience. Students are placed in training stations in the community
where they are provided with challenging responsibilities and learn by
doing. Click here for more detailed information.
Specialist High Skills Major
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a Ministry approved program you can participate in during grade eleven and twelve.
At NLSS, we offer SHSM programs in Agriculture, Construction, Manufacturing and Health & Wellness.
It is valuable because it shows that you have focused your education toward a particular employment sector.
Earning the SHSM
- Complete a bundle of eight to ten grade 11/12 courses focused on a particular employment sector, including two co-op credits.
- Earn industry recognized certifications and awareness training related to the employment sector.
- Use the Ontario Skills Passport to track the skills you are gaining.
- Take advantage of Reach Ahead opportunities to connect with the student's post-secondary plans.
- Participate in sector related Experiential Learning and Career Exploration activities.
for more detailed information regarding SHSM.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program
that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship
occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative
Education program. Students have an opportunity to become registered
apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a
skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.
Click here for more detailed information about OYAP.
Dual Credit program allows students to participate in a college course
alongside their secondary education. Students identified by their high
school student success team as eligible for the program are enrolled in
full or half-day co-op to provide the necessary flexibility in their
timetables to allow for participation in this program (allows students
to negotiate their mandatory co-op work hours with employers). Students
who are not enrolled in co-op should speak to their guidance counsellor
to see if their current timetable allows for enough flexibility to
participate in this program.
Click here for more detailed information about Dual Credit opportunities.
International Education Experiences
See Student Services for details regarding student educational and cultural exchanges.