Scenario 1: In-school classes

Please text or call our division hotline 403-588-8155 if your child receives a positive COVID-19 result from Alberta Health Services. To learn more, please see our Division website.

Career Centre

Students are welcome to book a career appointment to explore career options, look at education or training requirements in a particular field, and to learn about post-secondary programs and information on scholarships. Appointments are dedicated to Grade 12 students in the first semester, then open up to all grades in the second semester. To book a career appointment with Mrs. Bennington, please email janet.bennington@rdcrs.ca or stop by the SSC.

For help with frequently asked Grade 12 questions, please visit this resource (also available in Spanish). Check out Scholartree's blog site - an amazing resource that provides a student's perspective on getting into competitive universities, how to apply for scholarships, and managing the transition from high school to post-secondary.   

Check out our St. Joseph High School Grade 12 Career Information Guide

Important Dates and Career Planning Information

ELAA is planning a two-week Spring 2021 post-secondary recruitment season.  ELAA is comprised of Alberta post-secondary institutions including colleges, universities, and technical institutes; the RCMP, and Canadian Forces.  Their mandate is to connect students with information and resources to inform their next steps in career development and education.

The Spring ELAA dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 20: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 21: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Thursday, April 22: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 27: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 28: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Thursday, April 29: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Students (parents, counsellors and teachers are welcome too!) can register in advance for these events by visiting https://elaa.6connex.com/event/alberta/student/login and clicking on the “Click Here to Register” button.

Volunteering

Looking for ways to beef up your resume AND give back to your community? Help clean up graffiti in downtown Red Deer on April 22! Meet at the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre located at 3-5015 48 Street. You will go out in groups of 10. All COVID-19 protocols will be in place. CACPC will provide the training, goggles & gloves, product (sponsored by the Downtown Business Association) and removal equipment (buckets, paint brushes, scrubbies, water sprayers). List and Locations of Graffiti will be provided to each team.
Click the link below. Deadline to register is April 20th.

Royal City Soccer Club is seeking volunteers and counsellors in training for their summer soccer camps.  Call 1-800-427-0536 or visit royalsoccer.com

Considering Med School?  American University of Antigua College of Medicine is offering a webinar on April 1 on their Pre Med Program. Register here 

University of Alberta Registration 101 sessions are coming up!  These sessions will support students attending in Fall 2021 in navigating the Beartracks platform and assistance in registering for their classes.  Students can register at uab.ca/reg101.

Students in grade 11 with a passion for science are encouraged to apply to the Alberta High School Youth Researcher Summer Program being offered at the University of Calgary.  This program is designed for motivated Grade 11 students in Alberta high schools to gain first-hand experience with biomedical and health research, and to introduce them to career opportunities in research.  Deadline for students is March 26 at 4:00 pm.ttps://research.ucalgary.ca/students/alberta-innovates-HYRS

Virtual U.S. College Expo Canada

Saturday, May 1st, 2021, Meet with American Universities, Student Athlete, Admissions & Financing Experts and more!

Red Deer College is seeking your input as we develop our strategic plan. The perspectives of high-school students and their parents are uniquely valuable in helping to shape our next steps. Join for one or more of the virtual workshop sessions, which focus on RDC’s transformation of the learner experience and programs of the future. For more information or to register, visit https://alumnifriends.rdc.ab.ca/our_future

RDC Program Spotlights and Information Sessions will be held virtually in February.  Register for a session and be entered to win a GoPro! 

The University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering is inviting female students in grade 10 and 11 to attend their  Women In Engineering event being held on February 18 from 9 am to 12:15 pm.  Registration is required.  For this and other opportunities for prospective female engineers, check out https://schulich.ucalgary.ca/about/diversity/women-engineering

Applications are now open for any student wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Education en français through the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean, in collaboration with Red Deer College. Students will be able to take their first two years at RDC while taking courses in French through Campus Saint-Jean 

my Blueprint - students are encouraged to create an account to explore careers and post-secondary planning. Taking this step can drastically improve the value of your careers appointment! The access code is stjosephrd. 

ALIS

myPass - ALL students need to sign up for a myPass account. Students are responsible to manage their academic records and course information. This is a MUST for all grades.

Apply Alberta

Applications to post-secondary institutions in Alberta can be submitted online through Apply Alberta.  Please contact Mrs. Bennington to request an Apply Alberta account appointment

Opportunities:

Building your career portfolio starts in high school. Students who seek out leadership opportunities, participate in community service or engage in learning outside of school demonstrate the initiative that employers are looking for!  Check out the following opportunities for St. Joseph's students to develop an impressive portfolio that reflects transferable interpersonal and employability skills.

Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program was developed in 2008 to increase the number of FNMI students graduating from post-secondary programs in science and engineering. In addition to doing a research project, students will spend time at the Indigenous Student Centre, learn about financial assistance options and experience what it would be like to live in a residence.   More information can be found at https://www.vjkf.org/

Cybermentor is an online mentoring program for girls in Grades 6 to 12 across Alberta. Girls chat with their mentor through a secure site, to learn about careers and opportunities in science and engineering, discover new interests and gain confidence. The mentors—inspiring women in diverse careers in science, technology, engineering and math—share their experience and motivate the next generation of female scientists and engineers. 

Shad Canada is a STEAM and entrepreneurship program for students in Grade 10 and 11. Students are invited to experience 27-days living on campus at a Canadian university in July to experience an ambitious schedule of STEAM and entrepreneurship-oriented labs, seminars and hands-on workshops and a design challenge amongst their peers. 

RDC JumpStart! is a program geared towards current eligible high school students to take university-level courses that will count for credit towards RDC programs in Arts and Sciences.    

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for volunteer opportunities in your community? Check out Volunteer Central, a database of volunteer postings by area. Volunteering looks great on a resume and is an important consideration for scholarships! Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community!

Set a Child on a Path to Success as a Reading Pal this Summer! Red Deer Public Library is seeking enthusiastic adults or college/high school students (grade 10+) to volunteer their time as a Reading Pal with elementary school children (grades 1-5) who are struggling with reading and/or writing. You will work with one student for six 1-hour sessions over
a two-week period in a group setting. Training, support and resources are provided. For full details, email readingpals@rdpl.org.

Students who are interested in volunteering at the Red Deer Regional Hospital can find more information here.

Student Profile Sheet for References

Looking for a reference? Scholarships often require references. Start the process by completing a student profile sheet to outline your accomplishments over the past three years. Click here for a Student Profile Sheet.

The Educational Liaison Association of Alberta (ELAA)

What is ELAA?

  • ELAA is primarily comprised of 28 Alberta post-secondary institutions including colleges, universities, university colleges and technical institutes.
  • ELAA was established to provide information about postsecondary opportunities available in Alberta.

Which institutions are a part of ELAA? Click here to find out!

Additional Websites to Investigate

www.highschoolcareercounsellor.ca

Career Quizzes