Secondary Transition Planning

Program Descriptions
The Transition Team offers two programs at this time for students in their final year of high school.  

Gateway to Post-Secondary (GPS)
GPS is a part time course that commence each year in January and runs for 15 weeks.  It is a partnership with Vancouver Community College (VCC) and the VSB.  This course is designed to support successful transitions from secondary school, encourage access into the post-secondary system, and increase success for this group of learners.  Students attend the course at the downtown campus of VCC 3 days a week, and return to their Secondary school for the remainder of the week.  The course is comprised of both classroom activities and supported fieldwork.  A two week independent employment practicum is part of the program.  Employment practicums are facilitated and supervised by the VSB transition team.  

Gateway to Employment (GTE)
Gateway to Employment is an unpaid work experience from September to December, three days a week for four hours each day.  Two days a week, students explore social and recreational connections through a community connector and Vancouver Parks and Recreation.  VSB partners with an adult employment service agency to provide job coaching and supervision during work experience to support the transition to paid employment and facilitate community connections.  Intake for applications begins in the late fall of each year.  

Students must

  • have one or more of the following Ministry Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, K 
  • be able to travel independently in the community 
  • be in their final year of Secondary school  
  • manage their medical and self-regulation needs independently or with consultative support 
  • have completed at least one successful independent work experience

For more information on programs within the VSB, please contact your school's Resource Teacher.

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