• Spring Symposium 2020
  • Theme: 20:20 Vision for a Highly Skilled Future

  • Spring Symposium 2020
  • Theme: 20:20 Vision for a Highly Skilled Future

  • Spring Symposium 2020
Links to archives from the last three Symposia are provided below.
The archive files contain the workshop PowerPoint presentations and other symposium resource information.
Symposium 2019 Archive

2019 Symposium Archive

Theme: "School/College/WORK: Pathways to the Skilled Trades"

Including Photos and Hand Outs from the Symposium Workshops and Facilitated Networking Sessions


2019 SCWI Symposium: By the Numbers
Registrants: 420 including 19 student presenters • Workshops: 27
• Facilitated Networking Sessions: 14 • 2018-19 Celebrating 22 years of SCWI and 14 years of Dual Credits



2019 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Jon Callegher

Executive Director of Job Talks
Theme: "Balanced Intelligence:
Why Skilled Trades are Better"

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2019 Joint Liason Team

Joint EDU/MAESD/SCWI Liaison Team
PowerPoints/Handouts from SCWI Spring 2019 Symposium Morning Workshops

Some session presenters used PowerPoints and/or handouts from this year's symposium. Where possible and practical, these are shared below. Many contain excellent graphics/data/layouts which might be adapted for your own work. Our thanks once again to all presenters for their insights, knowledge and sharing.

1.01 Recruitment and Selection: Paving Pathways for Students in the Skilled Trades
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Administrators, Co-op Teachers
PRESENTERS: Jody Jakubo, Dual Credit Teacher; Dana Kinsella, OYAP, SHSM Coordinator, Rainbow DSB
DESCRIPTION: In this session, participants will learn how the Rainbow District School board took a team approach to recruitment for Dual Credit classes. With a focus on pathways into the skilled trades and a unique target of nontraditional students; the SSI team choose individuals who weren’t achieving their maximum success in a traditional school setting. Learn how we came together with various partners to select, recruit and promote the dual credit program.

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1.05 Adult Dual Credits: From Conceptualization to Completion (Including Adult SWAC)
TARGET AUDIENCE: DC Teachers, School Board Reps, Administrators, College Advisors, SWAC Teachers, College Reps, Re-engagement Staff
PRESENTERS: Andrea Brown, Supervisor of Youth Development Programs, St. Clair College; Karen King, Manager, School College Work Initiative, Lambton College; Janice Wranich, Special Projects Teacher, Lambton Kent District School Board; Tom Smith, Learning Coordinator Dual Credit/SWAC/SWAU/Adult Dual Credit, Thames Valley District School Board
DESCRIPTION: This workshop will be a panel presentation that includes some key people within RPT 10 that have been involved in Adult Dual Credits & Adult SWAC. School Board and College perspectives will be highlighted, including best practices and lessons learned. The panel will also share some testimonials concerning the program from Adult students. Discussion on how post-secondary education pathways are presented to encourage our adult students, including the need for students in the skilled trades.

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1.06 Level 1 Math Resources
TARGET AUDIENCE: All
PRESENTERS: Emilie Metwalli, Culinary Arts Professor; Patricia Jackson, Project Leader, Quality Learning, Teaching and Innovation, Canadore College
DESCRIPTION: RPT 8, in partnership with SCWI, has created a series of three curriculum resources for students entering our Level 1 Apprenticeship Dual Credits programs. These resources are aimed at building the essential mathematical skills for students entering a career in the Culinary, Carpentry, and Motive Power sectors. Workshop participants will review the three new Level 1 resources and have the opportunity to “test-drive” a series of hands-on activities drawn from the culinary curriculum.

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1.07 Engaging the Disengaged
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance, Administrators, College Faculty, Advisors, High School Teachers
PRESENTERS: Robert Wager, Director SCWI & AU; Sue Hawkins, Manager SCWI & AU; Heather Bickle, Health Promotion Coordinator, Durham College
DESCRIPTION: This workshop explores several theories to engage SCWI’s primary target group – disengaged youth. The connection between engagement and motivation, the importance of connections, encouraging a sense of belonging, and restorative practices are examined. Suggested resources are provided for those who are interested in learning more.

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1.08 Dual On Campus Learning Experiences for Off Campus Dual Credit Students
TARGET AUDIENCE: : Dual Credit Teachers, ADC Advisors, Counsellors, College Faculty
PRESENTERS: Katelyn McCreary, SCWI Events and Activities Coordinator, Conestoga; Krista Zilkey, DC Contact and manager, Fanshawe; Sarah Bradshaw, ADC/SWAC Advisor, Mohawk; Mark Sitko, DC Teacher, Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB; Jeff Klunder, DC Teacher, Grand Erie DSB; Mary Gallo, RPT5 SCWI Coordinator
DESCRIPTION: Students taking Team-Taught or college delivered DC courses in skilled trades at a secondary school do not have the same college experience as DC students taking courses on campus. Join us in an interactive workshop to discuss best practices with representatives from Conestoga, Fanshawe and Mohawk Colleges as well as DC teachers who have had first-hand knowledge in planning and executing learning experiences for students interested in pursuing pathways to Skilled Trades.

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1.09 Dual Credit Planning to Enhance Project Success
TARGET AUDIENCE: : RPT Chairs & Coordinators, Student Success Leads, Administrators, Principals
PRESENTERS: Paul Caldbick, RPT 15 Algoma Co-Chair, Algoma District School Board, Principal, AEC; Karen Gauthier, RPT 15 Algoma Co-Chair, Sault College Project Officer
DESCRIPTION: As RPTs struggle to develop new dual credit projects with limited funding expansion, planning strategies with high schools, colleges and community partners becomes very important. As we gear up to enhance pathways to the Skilled Trades, RPT 15 will share its planning processes and how we merge the different SCWI, Board and College planning schedules in order to deliver successful dual credit projects that resonate with our students.
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Forum Questionnaire docx

2018 DC Student Feedback pdf

2016-17 DC Data at a Glance pdf

RPT 15 Contact Info & Reference Links pdf

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DC Planning to Enhance Project Success pptx

Student Survey Data pptx

TT Student Survey Data pptx

DC Students with IEP-IPRC pdf

1.10 An Introduction to the School-College-Work Initiative (SCWI) and Dual Credits Room:
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone new to the School-College-Work Initiative or new to dual credits.
PRESENTERS: Sonja Vandermeer, Program Coordinator, School-College-Work Initiative
DESCRIPTION: New to SCWI? This is a great way to start the Symposium. Need more information regarding how the School-College-Work Initiative, Regional Planning Teams and Dual Credits work? We’ll start with the basics, including acronyms, definitions and who’s involved. Whether you are a guidance counsellor, dual credit teacher, RPT member, college faculty, or other -- come to gather information and to ask your questions. No experience required.
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SCWI Acronyms Bookmark docx

Intro to DC Cheat Sheet docx

IJECT signets acronymes docx

1.14 Dual Credit Policy Document - Updated; atelier bilingue
TARGET AUDIENCE: RPT members, Dual Credit Teachers, OYAP Coordinators, Guidance Counsellors, Board and College Administrators.
PRESENTERS: Alisha Bhanji, Senior Policy Advisor; Jeff Piro, Education Officer; Dan Shultz, Senior Policy Analyst; Marilyn Carmichael, Agente d'éducation, EDU; Lynn Grittani, Agente d'éducation, EDU / FCU
DESCRIPTION: Ministry staff will provide an overview of key tenets of the updated dual credit policy document, Dual Credit Programs, Policy and Program Requirements, 2019. An opportunity also for EDU staff to answer questions related to the content and implementation of the updated dual credit policy document. The majority of this workshop will be in English. Un survol de quelques modifications principales du document; questions / réponses. À noter: la plupart de cette séance se passera en anglais.

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Notes from SCWI Spring 2019 Symposium Facilitated Networking Sessions

Where possible and practical any information collected from these sessions is shared below.

Facilitated Networking Session 2.01
Sharing Strategies for Student Retention

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Facilitated Networking Session 2.02
Student Recruitment and Student Selection Discussion

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Facilitated Networking Session 2.03
Sharing Activities and Dual Credits that Promote Confidence, Overcome Barriers, and Assist with the Transition to Post-Secondary Education

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Facilitated Networking Session 2.04
Ideas for the Future of SCWI/IJECT

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Facilitated Networking Session 2.05
Guidance Counsellor Discussion about Dual CreditsGuidance Counsellor Discussion about Dual Credits

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Facilitated Networking Session 2.06
Dual Credit Teachers’ Sharing Session
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Facilitated Networking Session 2.08
Sharing Session for S.O.’s, College Administrators, Principals/Vice-Principals

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Facilitated Networking Session 2.09
Level I Apprenticeship In-School Training Dual Credit Participation Session
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Facilitated Networking Session 2.10
Networking About Adult Dual Credits Successful Deliveries

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Facilitated Networking Session 2.11
Generating Ideas for Connecting Dual Credit Students to Employment

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Facilitated Networking Session 2.12
College Staff Involved in Supporting Dual Credit Students

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Facilitated Networking Session 2.14
Session de réseautage pour les trois EPR de langue française

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PowerPoints/Handouts from SCWI Spring 2019 Symposium Afternoon Workshops

Some session presenters used PowerPoints and/or handouts from this year's symposium. Where possible and practical, these are shared below. Many contain excellent graphics/data/layouts which might be adapted for your own work. Our thanks once again to all presenters for their insights, knowledge and sharing.

3.02 Strategies to Support OYAP Student Success in Level 1 Dual Credit Programs
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, College Faculty, Secondary School Administrators, Student Success Teachers, Co-op Teachers
PRESENTERS: Pat Piro, Hamilton-Wentworth CDSB OYAP Coordinator; Joachim Vallentin, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Consultant (OYAP) (Acting)
DESCRIPTION: This workshop will provide participants with an overview of Level One Accelerated OYAP programs in the Hamilton-Wentworth Region. OYAP Level One programs have added value to the secondary school diploma in Hamilton for over 10 years. Preparing students for these challenging opportunities is critical to the programs' success. OYAP Coordinators will share their strategies and insights into student selection, retention and student achievement in a variety of apprenticeships.

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3.03 Dual Credit Recruitment and Student Selection to Ensure Program Fidelity
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, RPT Leads
PRESENTER: Dana Ramsay, Program Coordinator School College Work Initiative, Simcoe County DSB
DESCRIPTION: : In order to meet actuals for our programs we need secondary schools to partner with us in recruitment for dual credit courses and Level 1 programs. In this workshop, we will share effective practices used in building capacity for dual credit student recruitment in secondary schools. During this interactive presentation, participants will be able to share their strategies for group learning. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

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3.04 Raising the Bar: OYAP Level 1 Student Success Strategies for Apprentices
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, OYAP Coordinators, College Faculty, Administrators
PRESENTERS: Kerri Hagerman, OYAP Resource Teachers, Peel DSB; Jacqueline Smith, Project Manager, Dual Credit Sheridan; Derek Booth, Employment Training Consultant, MTCU; Dan Hammond, Electrical Program Coordinator, Skilled Trades Centre School, Sheridan College
DESCRIPTION: Low success rate in an OYAP Level 1 program? Improving OYAP Level 1 student success involves discussion, collaboration and decision-making. What are the unique OYAP Level 1 student/apprentice learning needs? How can colleges, school boards and MTCU work together to pro-actively strategize for maximum student success and transition to a college learning environment? Come hear how RPT2 interventions dramatically improved the student success rate for OYAP Level 1 Electrical in just one year.

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3.05 Cooperative Education as Part of Dual Credit Success, and Fostering Experiential Learning
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors
PRESENTERS: Jen McGinn, SWAC teacher; Julia VanderWeerden, SCWI Coordinator
DESCRIPTION: Supporting students in experiential learning environments to further their skill set, increase credit counts and consolidating student learning. Case studies and student success rates in dual credits and secondary coop will be presented.

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3.06 The Benefits of Team-Taught Dual Credits
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Administrators, College Faculty, etc.
PRESENTERS: Alex Duketow, Student Success Consultant, Peterborough, Victoria, North & Clarington CDSB; Edina Cappuccitti, Program Coordinator, School-College-Work Initiative, Loyalist College
DESCRIPTION: The benefits of team-taught dual credits are many. Teacher-faculty partners exchange best practices, student programming becomes more creative and innovative, students are well supported between college classes resulting in success, and the school culture is positively influenced by the presence of college faculty. These benefits and more will be shared through a presentation and a Q and A panel of teacher-faculty partners.

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3.07 After SWAC and After Adult Dual Credits
TARGET AUDIENCE: College Student Advisors, SWAC Teachers, Administrators, Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors
PRESENTERS: Nicki Krohn, Student Advisor, Lambton College; Lisa Castelhano, Advisor - Admissions and Pathways, Fanshawe College
DESCRIPTION: This workshop will explore lessons learned, barriers and/or challenges, as well as the successes of our SWAC and Adult SWAC/Dual Credit students. Discussions will include the importance of building rapport, exploring post-secondary pathways, including the Skilled Trades, and meeting the needs of this unique group of learners

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3.08 Dual Credit Students Who Attend College: Participation, Retention & Success
TARGET AUDIENCE: Administrators, Guidance Counsellors
PRESENTERS: William Howe, Manager Dual Credit Operations; Sarah Amirault, Research Analyst
DESCRIPTION: An overview of Dual Credit student conversion and tracking including new analysis of student success and progression. Attention will be paid to data preparation and analysis across academic schools and programs.

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3.09 Dual Credit Rescue
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, College Faculty, Secondary School Administrators, Student Success Teachers
PRESENTERS: Lynn Krusto, Specialist High Skills Major and Pathways Consultant, Hamilton- Wentworth DSB; Colleen McPhee Millar, Coordinator Golden Horseshoe Regional Planning Team; Bryan Ledgerwood, Training Specialist, Community Access and Engagement Mohawk College
DESCRIPTION: Dual Credit Rescue is a college delivered dual credit program that targets students within 1 or 2 credits of graduating. This program targets at-risk students who without this intervention would not graduate with their cohort. Schools with low four year graduation rates and low OYAP post-secondary participation rates are identified and students at that school are selected for this program.

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3.11 A Beginner's Guide to Pathways to Apprenticeship: Options for Secondary School
TARGET AUDIENCE: Guidance Counsellors, Co-operative Education Teachers, College Advisors, Leaders of Experiential Learning, Dual Credit Teachers, RPT Members
PRESENTERS: Phil Hedges, School-College-Work Initiative Provincial Program Co-ordinator; Sonja Vandermeer, School-College-Work Initiative Provincial Program Co-ordinator
DESCRIPTION: Through the School-College-Work Initiative (SCWI), thousands of students have started on their Pathways to Apprenticeship. We want to help you to help your students explore whether apprenticeship is right for them – and where available and appropriate -- to consider participating in the wide range of SCWI activities and dual credits. This session is specifically designed for participants with no experience. Please bring your copy of Pathways to Apprenticeship (scwi.ca/policies.php#)

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