A group of Surrey high school students have been experiencing post-secondary life this spring, through a new course hosted by Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus.
The four-credit career-prep course is open to Grade 11 and 12 students at iLearn DL Secondary, an independent school at 6225 136 Street. Students learn about career options and also hear from professionals from a variety of industries.
Besides classroom work, they undertake 30 hours of community volunteer work.
“I wanted to create a course that would assist students as they explore their careers to show them just how wide open the possibilities are,” said Saima Naz, the school’s principal.
The idea took root after Naz met Joan Lagman, a co-op co-ordinator with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at SFU.
“Saima was looking for a way to create this opportunity and since this is my field of practice, I was excited to team up with her on this course,” said Lagman.
The two approached the university to host the weekly sessions, and the program grew from there.
SFU staff also give presentations focusing on recruitment, student life and financial aid.