Brooks Secondary School
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Trades and Transitions (Dual Credit)


Jim Palm (Brooks)                                                                                                              Tanya Larkin
Powell River Board of Education / Career Coordinator                              Brooks Vice Principal 
Brooks Secondary School                                                                                              Trades and Transitions Co.
5400 Marine Ave                                                                                                       
Powell River B.C. V8A 2L6                                                                                             (604) 483-3171
Fax: (604) 483-3127
Phone: (604) 483-3171

How Can I register for Dual Credit?

Anyone in SD47 can register for dual credit through Brooks Secondary, please just complete this application form and return it to Brooks. Once you are a Brooks student you can make an appointment to meet with Mrs. Larkin or Mr. Palm in order to get more information and register for academic or trades dual credit opportunities:  SD47 Registration Package.pdf

Students must be non grads and meet any pre-requisites (often Eng 12 and Math11) in order to be sponsored for dual credit. A student wishing to take dual credit can do so in any of the following ways:

1. Trades programs through VIU Powell River - see options below
2. Dual Credit academic courses (maximum of four and they must be connected to a program or career)
3. Dual Credit Program (SD47 can sponsor up to 8 months of the program, again student must be a non grad)

PIE student:

If your are a PIE student and are interested in taking dual credit, then check out the Partners In Education Youtube information video

Trades Program SD47

Automotive Service Technician - Foundation Level 1

This full-time comprehensive program is designed to prepare students for a career in the Automotive Repair trade. The program is taught through daily lectures, seminars and demonstrations of current servicing techniques, (approximately 40% theory) as well as extensive practical training in a functioning, automotive shop setting (approximately 60% hands-on).


Carpentry - Foundation Level 1

(Sustainable Building Practices)

This entry level trades training prepares students for apprenticeship in the building construction trade. Students learn the basics of carpentry. The program combines theory with lots of hands-on learning. It includes 4 weeks of work placement.


Culinary Arts - Apprenticeship Levels 1 & 2

This program is designed to train students for a career in professional cooking. Course content includes the preparation of meat, poultry, soup, salads, sauces, seafood, fruit and desserts. Students set up and operate a restaurant and cafeteria that provides regular lunches and caters many special events.


Cosmetology - Apprenticeship

This ten-month certificate program covers all aspects of hairdressing in both classroom and practical application of skills. Learning is accomplished through practical instruction and student participation with equipment, tools and materials normally used in salons. This program uses the Pivot Point training system, a service mark and trademark owned by Pivot Point International, Inc., which offers an educational program consisting of exclusive techniques of scientific hair designing.


Welding - Apprenticeship Level C

This 7 month welding program is delivered in a modular format with practical and related knowledge modules. As a level C ticket holder you could find work in a shipyard, fabrication shop, or with the Department of Highways.

Additional Program SD47

Digital Film

The Powell River Digital Film School offers comprehensive, hands on understanding of the world of film making. There has never been a more exciting time to gain entry into this thriving field. With the substantial growth of the independent film industry, digital film making and the increase in specially channels and support for student works, there are countless opportunities in this demanding industry. This program offers one dual credit course through Emily Carr - embedded in the program. 


Outdoor Adventure Tourism

(Coastal Academy)

The Coast Mountain Academy is an enriched outdoor education program which focuses on character development through Leadership, Citizenship and Outdoor Adventure! The academy offers students a unique opportunity to obtain skills and certifications that prepare them for their future careers and studies. At this time there are no dual credit opportunities tied to this program. 

Academic Courses & Program SD47

Dual Credit Academic Courses VIU

All VIU 100 level courses are available for sponsorship for the 2020-2021 school year. See Mrs Larkin for more information and please review course options using the VIU search tool. 

PR VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY CREDIT COURSES (no pre-requisites required for these courses and these are our local courses)

Eng 115 University Writing & Research (Fall Mon/Wed 9-10:30 and Spring Tue/Thur 5-6:30) 
This course will provide an introduction to critical thinking and reading, academic writing, and research skills, consistent with the conditions and expectations you will encounter as a reader and writer at university. 

Eng 125 Literature and Culture: Telling Stories on the West Coast  (Spring Mon/Wed 9-10:30)
This course will provide an introduction to the concept of literary genres and explore the relation between literature and its historical and cultural contexts. It will offer a sampling of literature from coastal B.C. and beyond ranging from first nations myths to contemporary short stories, poetry, and novels.

Geog101 Environmental Geography  (Spring Mon, 4-7pm)
An introduction to the Earth's biophysical processes and systems at a variety of scales, and the impact of human population and land use activities. Topics include energy and biogeochemical cycles, air pollution and climate change, resource consumption and waste, limits to growth, and sustainable land use practices. Successful solutions for sustainability are also highlighted.

Phil 212 Philosophy in Literature (Fall Mon 1-4pm)
A study of the works of several major figures in Existentialism and Phenomenology, including Heidegger, Arendt, Husserl, Nietzsche, Simone Weil and Camus. Some of the themes to be studied include freedom and transcendence, the phenomenological bases of action in the world, and a phenomenological understanding of evil.

Psych 111 Contemporary Psychology I (Fall  Wed 4:30-7:30)
A survey of the current status of selected areas, emphasizing the scientific approach to the study of behaviour of humans and animals. Topics include physiology, sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, methodology, and introduction to statistics.

Psych 112 Contemporary Psychology II (Spring Wed 4:30-7:30)
A survey of the current status of selected areas, emphasizing the scientific approach to the study of behaviour of humans and animals. Topics include development, language and thought, personality assessment, intelligence, personality theory, adjustment, abnormal behaviour, therapies, and social behaviour.

Sociology 111 Introduction to Sociology (Fall Tues 1-4)
An introduction to the sociological understanding of society and an exploration of how social conditions and historical context shape the life chances of individuals and groups. Topics include theoretical perspectives, culture, socialization, groups and organizations, social structure, social class, inequality, deviance and social control, gender, race and ethnicity.

Sociology 112 Canadian Society in the Contemporary World (Spring Tues 1-4)
An introduction to Sociology through the study of Canadian society and its global context. In addition to theoretical perspectives, social class and inequality, topics may include education, family, religion, science and technology, environment, globalization, work, economy, politics, health and medicine, social movements and social change.

GLST 100 Global Studies: Through the Global Lens (Fall Tues 5-8)
An introduction to interdisciplinary learning offering different ways of seeing and explaining contemporary human experiences. Learners study diverse human experiences through the lenses of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science and Sociology. Possible topics: religion and world politics; refugees and human rights; cultural diversity; economic sectors and globalization; green consumerism.

VIU Business Computer Applications QUME 185  This 1st year university course on the Brooks campus earns you 3 Vancouver Island University first year degree credits & 4 grade 12 credits. This course is one course in a student's course load. Learn complex Microsoft Office document techniques using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access. The course is sponsored by SD47, which includes books. Credit for this course transfers to other BC universities as credit for a first year Business or Computer Science degree course. Apply for this course thru Mr. Palm & Mrs. Hutchings. Prerequisites: Business Computer Applications 12, English 11, Foundations Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11.

Additional programs are available  for sponsorship through VIU:
- Health Care Assistant 
- Early Childhood Education and Care
- Educational Assistant and  Community Support

Dual Credit Academic Courses NIC
New this year is a partnership between SD47 and North Island College. This partnership is to provide students with additional transitioning opportunities. In order to register students must see Ms Larkin for a registration package. All application must run through Brooks for sponsorship to be valid. 
For all course offerings please review the NIC Dual Credit webpage.  

Upcoming programs that are tuition-free to eligible applicants:

  1. Parts and Warehouse Person Foundation On-campus (Campbell River) and Digital (Blended)
  2. Fundamental for GIS Mapping and Drone Operations On-campus (Campbell River) and Digital (Blended)
  3. Motion Picture Production Assistant Digital
  4. NEW!! Motion Picture Craft Services Micro-credential – Digital with optional Occupational First Aid Level 3 delivered in person 

Gr 10 & 11 Trades Program SD47

Trades Sampler:

Trades Sampler Initial Interest form.pdf

What is the Trades Sampler Program?

While this program is not for dual credit, the program exposes interested students to various construction and mechanical trades as they explore hands on units in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, automotive and metal trades.  Work Experience is also a key component of the Trades Sampler Program and gives students an opportunity to develop employability skills which may lead to a paid job and/or an apprenticeship. 

The program will run with a cohort of 16 students, full time Monday-Friday from February-June 2021 (Term 3&4 or Sem 2).


Who can sign up for the Trades Sampler Program?
The Trades Sampler Program is available to Grade 10-12 students who:

  • Have a high degree of commitment and maturity.
  • Have a good school attendance record.
  • Are self-motivated along with the willingness and ability to plan and work                              independently.
  • Have the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Are curious / interested about pursuing a pathway in the trades.

What credits can a student earn in the program?
Students will earn a total of 20 high school credits (including carpentry, welding and work experience. Work Experience (90 hours) will be at the end of the program and allow students to work in a local industry sector in a trade area of their choosing.  

What comes after the Trades Sampler Program?

If a student wishes to pursue a trade's pathway at the conclusion of the program and they are a non-grad, then they can sign up for Youth Train in Trades. This is a full time yearlong program in a trade's area of their choosing:

  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • welding
  • Culinary and Hairdressing also available in SD47

If a student chooses to work in the construction sector at the conclusion of the Trades Sampler Program, and they are a non-grad, then Brooks can support that individual with Youth Work in Trades courses (YWRK 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b). Essentially the student works, gets paid, and earns high school credit. If a student works up to 900 hours in that area/sector then they are eligible for a $1000 scholarship.

What is my next step?

Please fill out a Trades Sample Initial Interest Form and email or deliver to Ms. Larkin, Vice Principal at Brooks Secondary School: