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SAIT's Career Crates Program is going to communities across Alberta to help youth plan for their future careers.
When Learner and Academic Services (LAS) launched the Career Crates pilot program in January 2019, their plan was to present five sessions to 60 junior high students in Calgary and surrounding areas.
Created as part of SAIT’s Strategic Youth Initiatives portfolio, Career Crates is one of several hands-on programs offered through LAS for Grades 7, 8 and 9 students to begin planning for their future careers.
From campus to classroom
Each 90-minute Career Crates session takes interactive activities developed by the Career Exploration Centre off campus and into classrooms, giving students opportunities to work with SAIT facilitators and to experience simulated real-world career tasks.
By exploring 10 different jobs — ranging from pastry chef to graphic designer to construction project manager to accountant — students have the chance to understand more about themselves and what kinds of careers they might want to explore.
High demand curriculum
When the pilot program ended in June, additional requests from teachers had resulted in another 15 sessions and raised the total number of students participating to 232.
“We delivered sessions as close as St. Joseph’s School in Calgary and as far away as Red Earth Creek in the Slave Lake area of northern Alberta,” says Rozlynn Wick, Project Manager, Strategic Youth Initiatives. “We ended up with more requests than we could fulfill this year and we are well on the way for next year — one teacher has already requested 20 sessions.”
One student who tried the Architectural Technologies activity discovered that his skills were a good match for it, even though he had always resisted efforts by his mom — an architectural technologist — to interest him in the career she loves.
“I liked it,” he said, “and I’m good at it. I guess Mom knows what she is talking about!”