Secondary Transitions - Gateway To Employment / Adulthood

Program Descriptions
The Transition Team offers 2 programs at this time for students in their final year of high school. 

GPS-Gateway to Post-Secondary
GPS is a part time course that will commence each year in January and run 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 will attend the course at the downtown campus of VCC 3 days a week, and return to their high school for the remainder of the week.  The course is comprised of both classroom activities and supported fieldwork.  A 2 week independent employment practicum is part of the program.  Employment practicums will be facilitated and supervised by the VSB transition team. 

  • GTE-Gateway to Employment
  • Students participate in an unpaid work experience from September-December, 3 days a week for 4 hours each day.  Two days a week, students explore social and recreational connections through a community connector (BACI) and Vancouver Parks and Rec.  VSB partners with an adult employment service agency- (BEST) to provide job coaching and supervision during work experience, support the transition to paid employment, and facilitate community connections.  Intake for applications will begin in the late fall of each year.  

Student Profile 

  • Students are appropriate for placement in this program when they:
  • meet the Ministry criteria for a “Low-Incidence” Designation, category A-G and K
  • are able to travel independently in the community
  • are in their final year of high school
  • can manage their medical and self-regulation needs independently or with consultative support
  • have completed at least 1 successful independent work experience
Referral Process
Referrals must be submitted to the District Resource Teacher for Secondary Transition. There will be parent/student information meetings in the late Fall of each year and application packages will be given out at the meeting.  Students are accepted based on meeting criteria and on a first come first served basis. 
Capacity and Staffing
1 Teacher (case manager)
1 Work Experience Facilitator
10 students per program
Program Locations
GPS- part time at VCC
GTE-Community based (registered at Tupper-will not attend Tupper) VLN
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