Off Campus Programs

Off-campus education describes the various programs which allow students to participate in work activities while attending school. These programs involve the school, the student and the employer in a co-operative educational effort to enhance, support and extend the student's learning experiences.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

What is RAP?

The Registered Apprenticeship Program is a unique opportunity for students to explore a trade and begin collecting post-secondary apprenticeship training hours, all while completing their high school diploma.   

Who are the best candidates for RAP?

Grade 11 & 12 students (apply in Grades 10 & 11) who enjoy working with their hands or machines, value working in teams, and have an eye for detail are very well suited for RAP. Students must also be on-track to graduate, have a 98% attendance, an average of at least 65% and consistently demonstrate a strong work ethic, and have the maturity to work with adults.

Benefits of RAP 

Students receive 5 CTS credits for every 125 hours worked (to a maximum of 40 credits), receive an hourly wage (at least minimum wage), become a registered apprentice with Alberta, and get a jumpstart on a possible career.

Work Experience Program

Fort McMurray Composite High School offers a Work Experience program that enables students 15 years or older to become involved in a new learning experience.  After completing the prerequisite “Workplace Safety Systems,” students are able to use a paid or volunteer position to explore a future career and receive practical on-the-job training; all while earning high school credits.  Students develop work search strategies and tools to access a registry of employers, or use local, provincial, and national job banks to seek employment.  Students who are employed by an approved worksite may earn between 3 and 30 credits, 15 of which may be used towards their high school diploma.

The Advantages Of The Work Experience Program Are:

  • Work Experience is an off-campus course available at any grade in high school.
  • Students can earn credits during the school year and/or summer time.
  • Students can be paid a wage or honorarium while participating in the program.
  • Students can work on a volunteer basis with a sponsoring organization.
  • Students can earn as many as 15 credits towards their diploma requirements and 30 credits towards transcripts.
  • Work Experience 35 can also qualify as one of the 30 level Diploma requirements.
  • Potential employers recognize the value of the Work Experience Program.

Qualifying students receive supervision from the Work Experience Coordinator throughout their time in the placement.  Work Experience students also receive training, supervision, guidance, and evaluation from the employer.

4th Class Power Engineering Program

In partnership with Careers: The Next Generation, Fort McMurray Composite High School offers a Power Engineering Program for qualified students.  The 4th Class Power Engineering pathway and mentorship program provides an opportunity for motivated students to enroll in Power Engineering program, through Keyano College, while attending high school.  Through the three year program, students receive credits toward a high school diploma and at the same time have opportunity to meet requirements for a 4th Class Power Engineering certificate.

The Opportunity

Students who participate in the program will:

  • Link their classroom learning with future workplace careers.
  • Earn high school credits toward graduation.
  • Potentially acquire paid summer internships, which qualifies as “steam time”, in each year of their high school program.
  • Upon graduation, be prepared to start a career pathway in the Power Engineering industry.
  • Build essential employability skills.
  • Receive post-secondary credit transferable to possible further study in the field of Power Engineering.