Career Exploration Program: Amherst Regional High

The Career Exploration Program (CEP) at Amherst Regional High School is a three-year program (Grades 10, 11 and 12) that offers students an opportunity to learn valuable workplace skills and gain new knowledge and experience while earning their Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma.

CEP students receive an intense skills-based education by spending half of their day in a hands-on lab environment and the other half day in academic classes. The first-year lab is Retail, the second-year lab is Property Services, and the third-year lab is Food Services.

Students in Grade 10 have an opportunity to participate in two 25-hour work or job shadow experience as part of their Community-Based Learning 10 course. Students in Grade 11 and 12 are required to participate in (2) two Cooperative Education courses involving 100 hours of work experience (four weeks per year). The work experience provides the students with valuable "real world" skills and very often leads to future employment.

Class sizes are smaller and CEP students have access to all of the same supports as every other ARHS student. Graduating students have an advantage whether they choose to work or apply to skilled trades or community college. Students that successfully complete the Career Exploration Program receive their Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma and graduate from grade 12 with additional certification in WHIMIS, First Aid - St. John Ambulance Standard and Commercial Food Handling.

Programs available at Amherst Regional High School:

Career Exploration Program Application Form & Community Reference Form

*Students interested in applying for the Career Exploration Program should contact school administration for more information.