The Alternate Education Program (AEP) at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is setting students up for success. The program offers opportunities to upgrade course results, study additional courses, or complete the requirements of an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent. The best part? It's free and open to youth under the age of 20 as of September 1 of the current year.
Korbyn Belcourt, 18, says he found the program helpful because he couldn't concentrate in a classroom setting and preferred working in the comfort of his own home. "The program helped me grasp concepts and understand what was required. With the assistance of the AEP team, I earned my high school diploma in 2016."
Coordinator Randy Horneland became a member of the AEP team eight years ago, bringing 31 years of experience as a teacher and Principal to the role.
"We connect with students who have left school prior to graduation and those who have not found success in a traditional school environment," says Mr. Horneland. "We also provide course options to students who are currently attending PWSD high schools, and to home-schooled students in Grades 1-9. AEP team members work with students throughout the year to help them achieve their goals. The program sees more than 100 students enrolling in courses each year. Last year, 30 students received high school diplomas through the program."
The program acknowledges that each student brings a unique set of needs to their high school career.
Spencer Markovich, 19, is no exception. "I was drafted to the Fort Saskatchewan Rebels Lacrosse Team in Grade 12. The AEP team worked around my schedule and I received my high school diploma after the 2016 season ended. Now I can pursue my goal to become a boatswain in the Canadian Navy."
Course options are also available for students looking to improve on results or to satisfy post-secondary prerequisite requirements.
Abby Dallaire, 19, says enrolling in the AEP let her focus on the courses she needed to become a paramedic. "I worked at my own pace, asked multiple teachers for help, and had different concepts explained in multiple ways. I graduated in 2017 and am studying to become a paramedic in Calgary."
PWSD's Alternate Education Program team is ready to help students achieve their goals. To contact AEP Coordinators Randy Horneland, Jim Venhola and Connie Mitchell, complete the online form at http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/services/curriculum/alted or call (780) 532-8133 today.
Photo Caption: Clockwise from top left: Korbyn Belcourt, Abby Dallaire and Spencer Markovich are experiencing success after completing the requirements of a high school diploma through PWSD's Alternate Education Program.