Off-Campus Education, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and Community Volunteerism

Community Volunteerism

Vista Virtual School offers Community Volunteerism 1 (CCS 1080), Community Volunteerism 2 (CCS2080).

Please contact the Associate Principal before applying online.

Learn more about the Community Volunteerism program at Vista Virtual School

In Community Volunteerism courses, you will volunteer, examine and evaluate the role of volunteers in a community and non-profits in a society, and evaluate your experiences through Off-Campus Education.

Details

Courses Offered: Community Volunteerism 1 (CCS1080) and 2 (CCS2080)
Credits: 1
To earn the credit for this course, you must complete 25 hours of volunteer work.

Enrolling in Community Volunteerism

  1. To register in a Community Volunteerism course, contact the VVS Associate Principal in charge of Community Volunteerism.
  2. Your Associate Principal will provide you with a Volunteer Proposal Form. Complete and return the Volunteer Proposal Form to share where you intend to spend your time.
  3. Once your Associate Principal approves your proposal, we will register you in the course.
  4. You may officially begin work on your course.

Course Work

  • The supervisor at your volunteer site will be your main supervisor as you complete your volunteer work. Your volunteerism supervisor will need to sign your log sheet(s) and provide written feedback.
  • Once you complete 25 hours of work, you will submit your signed log sheet and feedback to the Associate Principal.

Evaluation

Your evaluation will be based on the following:

  • Your initial proposal
  • Your completed and signed log sheets
  • Feedback from your supervisor
  • Your Self Evaluation of your experience at the volunteer activity
  • For CCS2080 only: Your final assignment.
Off-Campus Education: Career Internship

Vista Virtual School offers Career Internship 10 (OTH1910).

Please contact the North Off-Campus Coordinator or the South Off-Campus Coordinator before applying online.

Learn more about the Career Internship and Vista Virtual School

In this course, you will actively work on-the-job. You will be supervised cooperatively by your VVS Off-Campus Coordinator and your employer’s on-site supervisor. Plan to earn one credit for every 25 hours of work.

Details

Courses offered: Career Internship 10 (OTH1910)
Prerequisite: Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000)
Credits: 5
Delivery Method: Online with print materials

Enrolling in a Career Internship

  1. Your Off-Campus Coordinator will verify you have the mandatory prerequisite, and a part-time/full-time job or volunteer placement.
    •  To enrol in a Career Internship course—like all Off-Campus Education courses—contact your Off-Campus Coordinator.
  2. Once approved, you may submit your application for a Career Internship through Vista Virtual School’s online registration.
  3. Complete the online course introduction.
  4. Complete the Work Agreement and Learning Plan with your employer.
  5. With your Off-Campus Coordinator and employer, schedule the worksite inspection as per Alberta Education’s guidelines.
  6. Once your worksite is approved, your registration is complete. You may officially begin work on your course.

Supervision

You will be supervised cooperatively by your Off-Campus Coordinator and your employer.

Your Off-Campus Coordinator will maintain regular contact with both you and your employer.

Student Employee Standards

Employee Conduct

Students must adhere to the policies and procedures outlined by their employer.

Attendance

You must attend your internship regularly. We expect that you will not be absent except for extreme extenuating circumstances. If you must be absent from your work, you must notify your employer in advance. Sporadic attendance will result in you being removed from the career internship program.

Hours of Work

  • Students may only work between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
  • Students aged 15, 16, and 17 years old may not work more than eight hours per day.

Compensation

Payment is not required to the student. Any pay received by the student from the employer is at the employer’s discretion.

Workers’ Compensation

Students working at approved workstations are covered by Workers’ Compensation through Alberta Education.

Off-Campus Education: Green Certificate

Vista Virtual School (VVS) works with students wanting to achieve their Green Certificate. This course is supervised and facilitated by an Alberta Agriculture specialist, on-site trainer, and the VVS Off-Campus Coordinator.

Please contact the North Off-Campus Coordinator or the South Off-Campus Coordinator before applying online.

Learn more about the Green Certificate Program and Vista Virtual School

The Off-Campus Coordinator works closely with the Green Certificate Regional Coordinator.

The Green Certificate Program is an agricultural training program. Through an apprenticeship-style delivery, you will learn through practicing the skills required in your chosen area of specialization. You will be supervised cooperatively by your VVS Off-Campus Coordinator, an Alberta Agriculture specialist, and an on-site farmer trainer. If you complete this program successfully, you will earn a Level 1 Technician Certificate.

Details

Courses offered: Green Certificate (Course Codes Vary)
Prerequisite: Agriculture Safety (AGR3000) and Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000)
Credits: 16
Materials: Workbook provided by Alberta Agriculture
Delivery Method: Online with print materials

Enrolling in a Green Certificate Program

  1. Students contact an Off-Campus Coordinator to enrol in the course:
    • You need to find your own trainer/placement prior to registration.
  2. Students work with their trainer, the Green Certificate Coordinator, and the Off-Campus Coordinator. They are monitored throughout, and there are testing periods in the spring and fall. All sites need to be approved through a site visit prior to registration.
Off-Campus Education: Work Experience

Vista Virtual School offers Work Experience 15 (OTH1998), Work Experience 25 (OTH2998) and Work Experience 35 (OTH3998).

Please contact the North Off-Campus Coordinator or the South Off-Campus Coordinator before applying online.

Learn more about the Work Experience program at Vista Virtual School

Work Experience courses allow you to explore your career interests and gain valuable experience through your current job or volunteer work while earning credits through Off-Campus Education.

Details

Courses Offered: Work Experience 15 (OTH1998), 25 (OTH2998), and 35 (OTH3998)
Prerequisite: Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000)
Credits: 5–10
You will earn one credit for every 25 hours of logged work for a minimum of five and a maximum of 10 credits.
You may use a maximum of 15 work experience credits toward your Alberta High School Diploma requirements.

Enrolling in Work Experience

  1. To enrol in a Work Experience course—like all Off-Campus Education courses—contact your Off-Campus Coordinator.
    • Your Off-Campus Coordinator will verify that you have the mandatory prerequisite, and a part-time/full-time job or volunteer placement.
  2. Once approved, you may submit your application for Work Experience through Vista Virtual School’s online registration.
  3. Complete the online course introduction.
  4. Complete the Work Agreement and Learning Plan with your employer.
  5. With your Off-Campus Coordinator and employer, schedule the worksite inspection as per Alberta Education’s guidelines.
  6. Once your worksite is approved, your registration is complete. You may officially begin work on your course.

Supervision

You will be supervised cooperatively by your Off-Campus Coordinator and your employer.

Your Off-Campus Coordinator will maintain regular contact with both you and your employer.

Student Employee Standards

Employee Conduct

Students must adhere to the policies and procedures outlined by their employer.

Attendance

You must attend your work regularly. We expect that you will not be absent except for extreme extenuating circumstances. If you must be absent from your work, you must notify your employer in advance. Sporadic attendance will result in you being removed from the work experience program.

Hours of Work

  • Students may only work between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
  • Students aged 15, 16, and 17 years old may not work more than eight hours per day.

Compensation

Payment is not required to the student. Any pay received by the student from the employer is at the employer’s discretion.

Workers’ Compensation

Students working at approved workstations are covered by Workers’ Compensation through Alberta Education.

Off-Campus Education: Special Projects

Vista Virtual School offers Special Projects 10 (OTH1999), Special Projects 20 (OTH2999) and Special Projects 30 (OTH3999).

Please contact the North Off-Campus Coordinator or the South Off-Campus Coordinator before applying online.

Learn more about the Special Projects program at Vista Virtual School

Special Projects are a way for students to explore a topic or develop a skill not covered through high school courses or extracurricular activities.

Some past Special Projects* have included:

  • Designing a website
  • Writing a novel
  • Creating a short film
  • Composing a soundtrack
  • Equestrian studies

* Note that routine extracurricular activities, like school yearbooks, newspapers, or team sports will not count for special projects.

You may enrol in Special Projects courses as an individual or as a group of students.

Details
Courses Offered: Special Projects 10 (OTH1999), 20 (OTH2999), and 30 (OTH3999)
Recommended Courses: Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000) is recommended, though not required, prior to taking a Special Projects course.
Credits: 3 or 5
You will earn one credit for every 25 hours of logged work for a minimum of three and maximum of five credits.

Enrolling in Special Projects

  1. To enrol in a special project, contact your Off-Campus Coordinator.
  2. Draft and submit a proposal of your project to your Off-Campus Coordinator for approval.
  3. Once approved, you may submit your application for a special project through Vista Virtual School’s online registration.
  4. Once your application is processed and your registration is completed, you may begin work on your course.
  5. You will work with your Off-Campus Coordinator throughout the project.
Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is made up of five-credit trade-focused courses for senior high school students 15 years of age or older. This program allows you to earn high school credit, while working as a registered apprentice in the trade of your choice. Students must be working with a certified journeyperson. Please contact the North Off-Campus Coordinator or the South Off-Campus Coordinator before applying online.

Learn more about RAP at Vista Virtual School

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

As a prerequisite, you must have completed or be enrolled in HSC 3000 & 3010. Career Internship 10 (125 hrs) must also be completed prior to and at your intended RAP placement, before enrollment is approved. You will also have to meet Tradesecrets minimum requirements regarding the trade you have chosen.

Completing Career Internship 10 allows both you and the employer assurance that the apprenticeship will be a good fit. Please ensure your placement supports RAP and will assist your apprenticeship registration. It may help to follow some of the steps listed below when researching an employer. You may register in Career Internship 10 with Vista Virtual School as soon as you acquire a placement.

The following steps are completed after and/or while meeting the prerequisites listed above  

How Do I Get Started?

Step 1: Do Your Research

Step 2: Find an Employer

  • Conduct a standard job search using newspapers and online job posting sites.
  • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for an apprenticeship position.
  • If an employer says they are not hiring, ask if they know of another company that is.

More job searching resources are available on the alis website.

*If you require assistance with RAP placement opportunities, contact CAREERS: The Next Generation.

Step 3: Complete the Apprenticeship Application and Contract

Complete the online Apprenticeship Application and Contract.

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for training in an apprenticeships program.
  • An Alberta Student Number (ASN) is required to apply for all programs and services.
  • You will need your Journeyman’s contact information and your SIN number to apply for RAP.

AIT RAP scholarship information

What’s Next?

Once you have completed your initial 125 hrs, please note the following processes:

  • After you have registered with Trade Secrets and have your Bluebook, contact the VVS Off-Campus Coordinator.
  • The Off-Campus Coordinator will Register you in RAP.  
  • If you completed Career Internship 10 (minimum 5 credits) with VVS, you will only be required to complete a new Learning Plan with your employer. If you completed Career Internship 10 elsewhere, you must be at the same placement and a site inspection may be required.
  • If, and when all required forms are approved and properly submitted, you may start logging hours. You will be monitored by your Off-Campus Coordinator, as well as your employer.
  • To earn credit, you will be evaluated by both your Off-Campus Coordinator and employer.
  • You can earn 1000 time credits and 40 high school credits towards your diploma requirements through RAP.
  • Five (5) credits = 125 hrs (work completed through RAP must be paid).

Off-Campus Coordinators

Wayne Bobrosky
wayne.bobrosky@phrd.ab.ca
1-855-974-5333 Ext. 6244
Southern RAP placements  

Christie Borle
christie.borle@phrd.ab.ca
1-855-974-5333 Ext. 6133
Northern RAP Placements