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School District No. 57 (Prince George)
Learning that Enriches the Life of Each Student
Career Awareness Programs


This is a training and skill development program  run through the Wildland Fire Service division of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations​. Ten participants are chosen through an application, interview and fitness test process. These participants will train with the Wildland Fire Service over the course of the school year. Up to five of these participants may be employed the summer after graduation as a junior member on a fire crew. The junior fire crew member must have their 'N' license by the time of employment, as they will be transporting supplies into the crews. They will be on the front line fighting forest fires, establishing fire breaks and doing other necessary work as needed with their crew. This program is an exciting opportunity to train in the forest firefighting field and is open to students in Grade 12.


Explore Health Sciences courses, Medical Laboratory Technology Science Diploma, the Practical Nurse Diploma, and the ​Nursing, Bachelor of Science (Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program), the Medical Radiography Technology Diploma Program, the Health Care Assistant Certificate Program, the Dental Assisting Certificate Program and the Dental Hygienist Program.  Experience hands-on activities, and lectures, as well as an introduction to the College of New Caledonia (CNC).



An exciting 1-day Council of Forest Industries' Career Awareness Program which focuses on trades and technology in the forest industry. Students get a hands-on experience exploring Canfor's Northw​ood Pulp Mill. Mill supervisors and tradespeople interact/mentor students through student engaged activities and hands-on career exploration. Students gain valuable insight into career options within the mills from a tradesperson's perspective. Canfor's Human Resources Department engage the students in an informative discussion on careers in trades and technology. The COFI Trades & Technology Career Awareness Program is an excellent opportunity for students to get an accurate view of a career in the production end of the forest industry and/or for those who are interested in enrolling in the CTC program Lunch will be provided.



COFI will have a heavy equipment operator simulator scheduled to stop at each secondary school for a day.  The simulator replicates the interior of different pieces of forestry and heavy equipment machinery, including a grader, dozer, excavator, wheel loader and rock truck.  Students stepping into the simulator seats will find the controls exactly as they are in real machines.  Contact your in-school Career Coordinator for more information.


This event will explore subjects from the various Science Departments at the College of New Caledonia.  Visiting the Biology Department students will learn about owls and other things. Chemistry students will explore potions and the Physics department will discuss flying.  The Research Department will showcase some of their research.  Lunch is provided.


​This interactive day will highlight programs and departments at the College of New Caledonia including but not limited to Computer Networking, Information Technology, etc. Students will gain first-hand experience of classes at CNC, with engaging and dynamic instructors. They will tour the facility and be introduced to the post-secondary application process. Lunch will be provided.



This is a short duration program aimed at students who are interested in all aspects of health services.  Each year Northern Health provides a health exams to all Kindergarten students of School District 57.  Grade 11 and 12 students are offered short term work experiences assisting the healthcare professionals with the various immunizations and tests in areas such as hygiene, audiology, ophthalmology, and general health.  These "Northern Health Circuits" occur in January and February.  Students can sign up for a four- hour shift on days that are convenient for them. It is very important that students attend all sessions they sign up for.


This program is offered to Grade 10 to 12 students keenly interested in learning more about the Ecosystem Science and Management Program Degrees at UNBC, and/or the Natural Resources and Environmental Technology Diploma Program (NRET) at CNC​.  Both of these programs offer a wide range of career opportunities and would appeal to students interested in all aspects of resource and environmental management.  If students like the outdoors and enjoy the sciences this may be just the opportunity for them.


​PRINCE GEORGE FIRE RESCUE (FireRescueApplication.pdf)

This program provides 60 hours of job shadowing with a fire/rescue crew out of their main fire hall in downtown Prince George.  Students interested in a career in structural firefighting are encouraged to apply.  Students are assigned to a fire crew and follow their daily regime of training and attending calls.  Students are accepted into this program through an application/interview process.



This program is offered to students interested in a career in policing or law enforcement.  Students are provided with a "boot camp" style experience during a week of their Spring Break.  Approximately 32 student from Northern BC stay at a Prince George secondary school 24 hours a day for the week.  RCMP officers provide training opportunities on a wide range of topics from major crimes to victim services.  Successful students must be very physically fit. All students will be given a fitness test prior to their acceptance into this program. Entry into this program will be through an  application /interview process.  Applications are available here or at all secondary schools and are due  January 20th.


A competition inspired by the Food Network. There will be an initial round where teams from each high school will compete against each other to represent there school in the finale.  Students will be given  mystery ingredients and access to a pantry of ingredients. They will then have to create unique dishes to present to judges within the time limit given. Three judges from the school district, industry and technical training programs will judge the dishes on taste, presentation and use of mystery ingredients. In the final round, teams will also shop for their pantry ingredients within a budget and time limit.

​HEAVY METAL ROCKS (not currently offered)

This program, run jointly by the Northern Regional Construction Association and School District 57, provides students with exciting hands-on experiences operating heavy equipment found in the construction industry.  Students are given safety training from a representative of WorkSafe BC and must complete an online construction safety training program (CSTS 09​) as a requirement of the program.  Students are bussed to a worksite where they are mentored by experienced tradespeople.  Students work their way through 16 stations where they operate a wide variety of heavy duty equipment as well as try their hand at welding and scaffolding. Students are accepted into this program through an application/interview process.


A four-day program designed by Rotary Club of Prince George: Yellowhead in collaboration with AiMHi, Northern Health, College of New Caledonia, University of Northern British Columbia and School District No. 57. Twenty local students will join twenty students from across the province in this interactive, hands-on experience. Through these hands on activities in medical training facilities as well as in college and university laboratories, and through meeting with current students, educators and professional workers, students will come away with a clearer understanding about what it means to be a health care professional.


This is a short duration program aimed at students interested in all aspects of resource management.  The program accepts 30 students from School District 57.  Students are bussed to the Aleza Lake Research Forest.  Over a two-day period students will participate in a series of hands-on workshops on road engineering, wildlife management, ecology, fisheries management, silviculture, and forest fire fighting.  

This field trip is an all-weather, all-terrain field trip over a large area of land. Students must be prepared for all types of weather and terrain.


Students will explore courses and programs offered at CNC in  Fine Arts. Students will tour the facility and be introduced to the Fine Arts program and the post-secondary application process.  Lunch will provided.


*STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math*

Students from School District No. 57 will have the opportunity to discuss with STEAM professionals about their jobs, and what they do. The STEAM Café is designed to give the unique opportunity for students to see what an engineer, geologist etc. does on a day to day basis, and how they got into that position. The Café will be set up like ‘speed-interviewing’ for science, where volunteers will be at tables and will display items from their professional life. Students will have 5 minutes with each volunteer before rotating on. We will host a diverse panel of volunteers – the goal is to have every student see themselves in one of our STEAM mentors. 



Students will explore courses and programs offered at CNC in  Web and Graphic Design. Students will tour the facility and be introduced to the Web & Graphic Design program and to the post-secondary application process.  Lunch will provided.