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Opportunities with Modified Courses

A student who has modified classes on his or her Grade 12 transcript must make some different considerations when it comes to school after high school. There are lots of choices for post-secondary education from a variety of schools. This list is just a beginning. If you have an interest in an area of study for the future, you must find out about it. We can help you do that at Student Services.

Another very important consideration is Apprenticeship and Employment. Sometimes, the Apprenticeship Program that a student wishes to do requires a student to have regular classes, not modified. Each trade is different, so you must go to www.saskapprenticeship.ca to research specific trades you may be interested in. We can help you with that in Student Services.

If you don't have the required classes to do the Apprenticeship Program you want and if regular classes are not suited to you, there are other ways to qualify. Students with modified classes are required to take an entrance exam prescribed by the Sask. Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission. If the student's academic skills are not adequate, the student may be counselled to enter into a GED 12 program or a Pre-Employment Program before being admitted into the Apprenticeship Program of his or her choice.
Note: Students may take a Saskatchewan Polytechnic (SIAST) Program without apprenticing, but there would be no journeyperson designation at the end of the course. This would have an effect on the level of pay and on opportunity for further training and advancement in the trade.

The following is a list of possibilities. Please remember that each program comes with different requirements and, from year to year, requirements may change. Also, each student has different qualifications. Every application is treated on an individual case basis. In other words, this is not a guaranteed list of programs that a student with modified high school classes could take without question. The point is that you have to start thinking about some future possibilities and working toward those goals.

It is also important to know that just because a student qualifies for and enters a program, success is not guaranteed. There is usually a lot of work to be done. Tech courses are not easy. Students have to be prepared to work hard and use good student skills. Just showing up is not enough.

Students applying for an Apprenticeship Program after Grade 12 will either need to have a regular Grade 10 Math or will be required to write an entrance exam or can get regular Math 10 standing through a Saskatchewan Polytechnic (SIAST) Pre-Employment Program.

These are the course programs from Saskatchewan Polytechnic (SIAST) that students with modified high school classes may qualify for:

  • Multi-Mechanical Trades (Trade)
  • Heavy Equipment Operator (Trade)
  • Home Care/Special Care Aide (Trade)
  • Orientation to Child Daycare (Trade)
  • Pre-Trade Industrial Mechanics (Trade)
  • Truck Driver Training (Sask. Trucking-Trade)
  • Beef Cattle Production - certificate
  • Applied Photography - diploma
  • Office Automation/Administration - diploma
  • Office Education - certificate
  • Barber Stylist - certificate
  • Corrections Worker - diploma
  • Cosmetologist - certificate
  • Educational Assistant - certificate
  • Esthetician - certificate
  • Rehabilitation Worker - certificate
  • Therapeutic Recreation - diploma
  • Youth Care Worker - certificate
  • Youth Care Worker - diploma
  • Home Care/Special Care Aide - certificate
  • Intermediate Care Paramedic - applied certificate
  • Food and Nutrition Management - diploma
  • Hotel & Restaurant Administration - diploma
  • Professional Cooking - certificate
  • Retail Meat Cutting - applied certificate
  • Agricultural Machinery Technician - certificate
  • Automotive Service Technician - certificate
  • Automotive Service Technology - diploma
  • Carpentry - certificate
  • Electrician - certificate (requires Math 20 or Foundations of Math 20)
  • Heavy Equipment and Truck and Transport Technician - certificate
  • Industrial Mechanics - certificate
  • Machine Shop - certificate
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Technician (OPET) - certificates
    • OPET Specialty: Lawn and Garden
    • OPET Specialty: Marine
    • OPET Specialty: Motorcycle
    • OPET Specialty: Snowmobile
  • Parts Management Technician - certificate
  • Welding - certificate
  • Ecotourism - certificate
  • Building Systems Operator - certificate
  • Building Systems Technician - certificate
  • Process Operator - certificate
  • Water and Wastewater Technician - certificate

* Certificate = 1 year course, Diploma = 2 year course

* Remember that these courses are available through Saskatchewan Polytechnic. There are many other post-secondary institutions to research: NAIT, SAIT, Medicine Hat Community College, Lethbridge Community College, Olds College, Lakeland College, etc.

Here are some things that you can do on your own or with the help of a school counsellor to help you decide what career choices may be right for you:

  1. Go to saskpolytech.ca
    • Go to Programs and Courses
    • Go to Browse Programs
    • Go to A to Z listing
  2. Contact a Saskatchewan Polytechnic (SIAST) counsellor. There is one available here in Yorkton at the Parkland Regional College (783-6566).