Post-Secondary Information

Post-Secondary Information

Post-Secondary Information

Developing your plan for post-secondary (after high school) options can be confusing in the modern world where the options are unlimited. For help in finding a career or for more information on prerequisites for post-secondary programs we recommend speaking with a guidance counsellor and checking the career links on our links page.

The Guidance Office contains the most recent information available on all colleges and universities in Ontario. During the year, field trips are arranged to our local Community College and University to enable senior students to investigate post-secondary opportunities. Throughout the year seminars are conducted by representatives from Colleges and Universities to assist students in making post-secondary choices.

The Guidance google classroom provides all recent information to students regarding post-secondary, community service hours, scholarships and bursaries, events, employment opportunities and much more.  All students have a myBlueprint account which is also available for researching courses, post-secondary information, goal planning, interest surveys, etc.

All students are encouraged to seek assistance when needed. Parents may arrange an interview by contacting the Guidance Office between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Scholarships
There are a wide variety of scholarships available for LDSS students. Many of these are through local businesses and community groups and are awarded during our annual Graduation Ceremony. However, there are thousands of other scholarships available for students.  Please take the time to research these opportunities before a student reaches Grade 12. This can result in a more solid application and a successful scholarship application. Take the time now.

University
University applications are generally due in mid – late  January. Early completion of applications is recommended due to the high volume of applications and the competitive nature of the system. Searching for university programs and planning your post- secondary education is available at ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca. Information sessions from universities visiting LDSS begin in September and continue throughout the first semester. Information sessions by the guidance department are generally held November-January. Check out the University application website for more detailed information. 

College
College applications are generally due in late January. Early completion of applications is recommended especially for ‘highly competitive’ programs. Information sessions from Colleges visiting LDSS begin in September and continue throughout the first semester. Information sessions by the guidance department are generally held November – January. Check out the College application website ontariocolleges.ca for more detailed information. 

Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are the gateway to many trades, providing a solid career. In an apprenticeship, students go through a mix of class instruction and practical training in preparation to become a certified tradesperson. Cooperative Education is an excellent introduction to a particular career.  Students interested in trades should look into OYAP as a way to jump-start their apprenticeships while still in secondary school. LDSS hosts an Apprenticeship Information Evening in the fall.

Workplace
Assistance is provided to facilitate a transition directly to the workplace. The Cooperative Education (Coop) is an excellent way for students to gain experience and establish professional contacts in the local community. There are also career fairs that occur throughout the school year that offer a wide variety of information for future employment. Assistance is also available with various print and online resources to help students find their place in the workplace.