We believe in our students, and recognize that they all learn in different ways. For some, classroom instruction works, for others, it’s the hands-on approach that really makes things click. Wherever you might be in that equation, receiving a high school diploma is a realistic goal for all of our students! It’s never too late for a new start, you could need as few as 4 credits to graduate with your High School Diploma if you are at least 18 years old, have been out of school for at least one year, and started secondary school in Ontario prior to 1999. For example, Annie started at the Huntsville AETC in 2008 after she found she could no longer be successful at Huntsville High School because she needed to work to support herself. The High School suggested that the AETC might be a better fit for her.

Through the AETC Annie was able to take paid co-op classes which allowed her to earn money and credits. Annie also completed her Grade 11 & 12 English and Grade 12 Math in the day school program. Annie started working at Hidden Valley Ski Resort in the kitchen for her co-op placement and continued working there after graduation eventually moving on to the hill. Last year she was able to work there in a year round capacity and has recently accepted a 5 year apprenticeship placement for Lift Mechanic. Annie wasn’t  a “classroom learner” and did much better achieving success in a hands-on work environment, and her co-op placement allowed for that.

What Annie loved the most is the flexibility the AETC could offer including morning-only classes and paid co-op. “Teachers took the time to talk to me, they understood the situation I was in, and I felt they truly believed in me and that I would be successful in attaining my Grade 12,” says Annie. “This relationship gave me more confidence in myself.”

Annie Graduated with her OSSD in 2010. Trillium Lakelands District School Board encourages lifetime learning for all ages. Students age 16 and over can earn credits or upgrade skills in any of our six Alternate Education and Training Centres (AETC). For general information, visit the Alternate Education and Training Centre website at www.anewstart.caDon’t just take it from Annie, her what Jackie has to say in her video testimonial below.