Career Guidance

Female student cutting piece of wood

MVDHS student Robyn Summers takes part in Options 2012 - the largest career fair in the Valley.


Career guidance involves students in research, problem-solving, and decision-making related to planning for post-secondary education, training or employment.

Our elementary school programs expose students to different career opportunities and experiential learning that recognizes their diverse abilities, strengths and aspirations.

The Guidance and Career Education program in Grades 9 and 10 focuses on skill development. Students learn to manage their time and dealings with other people improving their opportunities for success both in school and in their future careers. For more information, you can read The Ontario Curriculum - Grades 9 and 10 - Guidance and Career Education. Grade 9 students also have the opportunity to job shadow in fields that are of interest to them through the Take Our Kids to Work program.

All of our secondary schools have guidance staff available to discuss career options, training and educational opportunities. We also offer related sources on youth apprenticeship programs .

Co-operative Education is a ministry-approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits with practical experience in the workplace. Partnerships between educators and businesses provide students with training and work experience.

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) encourages students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting their graduation requirements. The SHSM is a valued part of the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) grade 11 and 12 students' pathways.

Working in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Student Success program aims to improve the learning experience for Grade 7 to 12 students, and especially those who are struggling, who need extra attention to help them graduate or who are looking for new challenges in high school.