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Explore Education and Training

Are you in high school or considering a post-secondary education? Get started with post-secondary planning and begin exploring your options. Then learn how to make it happen, get involved in student life, and plan for future employment in your field.

Where Do I Start?

Become a Better Learner

Whether you are a student in school or a student of life, you can always keep learning how to learn. Follow these tips to become a more effective learner.

Find Your Best Fit

Think about which program and school will best fit the plans you have for your career. Exploring your learning and training options is a key part of career planning. The most important thing you need to know is why you want to take an education or training program.

CAREERinsite: Online Career Planning Tools

CAREERinsite is your one-stop guide to career planning. You'll find everything you need to plan your work and learning here.

Retraining: How to Launch a New Career

Your career journey will likely include multiple careers over the course of your life. With each new career, you may need different skills and knowledge. If you’re exploring training options for a new career, these resources can help.

Explore Options

Explore Education and Training

Explore School and Program Options

Once you've identified a career direction and the education and training you need to make it a reality, your next step is to explore schools and programs.

Learn About Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program that combines work experience, on-the-job and technical training.

Part-Time Learning Options

Going to school part-time can give you flexibility to work while you study, take care of your family, or ease your course load.

Distance Learning: Make It Work for You

Distance or online learning lets you choose when and where you learn. There is no formal classroom setting. Instead, you use online, print, or video resources to study at your own pace—often in your own home.

Indigenous Peoples Colleges

A number of post-secondary schools across Alberta offer programs for Indigenous Peoples.

Plan a Gap Year That Works for You

Finished school and wondering what’s next? Studying but not sure if you’re on the right path? Find out how a planned gap year can help you explore options.

Study Abroad: Choose the Right Program

If you’re thinking about studying abroad, give yourself plenty of time to research your options and find the opportunity that’s right for you.
Still in High School?
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What’s the Best Path for Me to Graduate High School?

Is finishing high school important to you so you can pursue the education or career you want? No matter your age, ability, or goals, there are many ways you can get a high school diploma in Alberta.
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What High School Electives Can I Take to Reach My Career Goals?

Starting in Grade 10, you’re allowed to choose some of your courses based on your interests. The courses you choose are called electives. Many options are open to you, so choose carefully.

Planning for Post-Secondary: High School Checklists

Your time in high school will go by quickly. Before you know it, you will be making decisions about work or post-secondary school. It makes sense to plan now, for success later in life. Use these Grade 10, 11, and 12 checklists to plan for post-secondary school.

Get Started with the Registered Apprenticeship Program

If you’re a high school student interested in the skilled trades, RAP might be for you. RAP lets you earn on-the-job training hours towards an apprenticeship program while you earn high school credits.
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Dual Credit: Get a Head Start on Your Career

You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start your post-secondary education. As early as grade 10, you can take dual credit courses to learn about a skilled trade or profession and get you ready to enter the workplace sooner.

Start Planning What Steps to Take After High School

After high school, you may look for work or continue your education. Check out this quick introduction to resources that can help you figure out your next steps.

Time to Choose Your Post-Secondary Education

Graduating from high school? Thinking about continuing your education? Time to Choose has profiles of post-secondary schools, where programs are offered, application deadlines, as well as information on career planning, student funding, and more. 

How Do I Make it Happen?

Student Life

There’s More to Education Than Studying

There’s a lot you can learn beyond the classroom—informally with friends and fellow students and in clubs, groups and programs.

How to Study Effectively

Finding enough time to study—and using that time effectively—can be a challenge for many students. The good news is that good study habits can be learned.
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