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District School Board Ontario North East
Pathways Planning & Experiential Learning

What is Pathways Planning?

The Ministry of Education provides an education and career/life planning program called Creating Pathways to Success to support Ontario students from kindergarten to grade 12. The program responds to the realities of a complex, rapidly changing world. It is based on the understanding that education and career/life planning is now a lifelong process that requires all learners to be flexible and able to adapt to changes in themselves and in the world around them.

Career/Life Planning Framework – A Four Step Inquiry Process

​Post-Secondary Pathway Options

  • Community Living
  • Workplace
  • Apprenticeship
  • College
  • University

​ Pathways Planning Opportunities

Cooperative Education

Provides students with an opportunity to earn secondary school credit(s) while completing a work placement in the community that is related to the learning expectations of a secondary school course in the Ontario curriculum.

Dual Credits / School College Work Initiative

Students in secondary school can take college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a postsecondary certificate, diploma, degree, or apprenticeship certification.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Specialized program that enables students who are 16 years of age or older to meet diploma requirements while participating in a cooperative education program in an apprenticeship occupation.

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Specialized program that allows students to acquire technical knowledge and skills related to a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).