We have a number of off-campus programs available to students including the RAP( Registered Apprenticeship Program), Work Experience and Distance Education. Below is a more detailed explanation of each one

Work Experience 15/25/35

Prerequisites: HCS 3000 Workplace Safety Systems
This program will be of interest to students who have a specific career field in mind. While the “content” of each student’s Work Experience will be unique, the goals of the program remain the same. The aim of the Work Experience program is to provide students with opportunities to:

  • explore potential career paths;
  • develop occupation-related knowledge and skills not available in the classroom; or
  • acquire credible experience recognized by industry or required by some post-secondary programs.

Work Experience credits are based on hours: one credit is earned for each 25 hours worked. Students must work a minimum of 75 hours to earn three (3) credits and may earn as many as 10 credits for 250 hours.

The major part of the student’s mark is determined by the employer or supervisor at the worksite. They are asked to complete an evaluation prior to each report card and discuss it with the student.

Our collective responsibility (teacher, student, parent and employer) is to ensure that the Work Experience is both worthwhile and safe. To meet this responsibility the Off-Campus Coordinator will regularly check with the student as well as visit the employer at the worksite.


Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) 15/25/35

Prerequisites: HCS 3000 Workplace Safety Systems
To be recognized as a certified tradesperson in more than 50 trades in Alberta it is necessary to complete an apprenticeship. This typically takes 2 to 4 years. The Registered Apprenticeship Program (or RAP), allows students to begin learning a trade while still attending high school. At the same time students earn high school credits based on the hours worked. To earn credits students must work a minimum of 125 hours and receive a favourable assessment from their supervisor. Students may earn as many as 40 high school credits and up to 1000 hours towards their first year apprenticeship through this program.

The ‘content’ of each student’s apprenticeship will vary, depending on the trade, the supervising tradesperson and the work available at the time. Our collective responsibility (teacher, student, parent and employer) is to ensure that the apprenticeship is both worthwhile and safe. To meet this responsibility the Off-Campus Coordinator will regularly check with the student as well as visit the employer at the worksite.

Green Certificate Program

The Green Certificate Program is an apprenticeship-style training program for students interested in agriculture. Students select an area of interest, then work part-time under the guidance of  someone who specializes in that area. Typically the program requires one year to  complete all of the training. The program is divided into three courses with a skills-based competency test on the  completion of each course. Successful students can earn up to 16 credits towards their diploma, as well as a certification recognized by agricultural industry and many post-secondary agricultural institutions.

The Green Certificate is currently offered in nine areas of specialization:

  • Cow-calf
  • Feedlot
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Dairy
  • Field Crops
  • Irrigated Crops
  • Equine
  • Beekeeping

Distance Education

Rationale of Program: This program is designed to provide students an alternative method of completing courses and earning credits. This option is primarily for students who are unable to take a course during its regularly scheduled classroom period because of timetable conflicts or because it is needed as a prerequisite not offered in that semester.

Requirement to Register in Distance Education: As in all other classes at H.J. Cody School prerequisites policy is in effect.

Registering in Distance Education:

  1. To start Distance Education the student must first get administrative approval, which means student must discuss with the Principal or Vice-Principal the reason they need to take a course through Distance Education.

  2. Once the student is approved they must register with Distance Education Coordinator. The Coordinator will give the student all required material and discuss a schedule to ensure completion of the specific course. The student will receive the first module but not receive any remaining modules until deposit is paid. The student is then responsible for working independently and handing in assignments on time.

  3. The student will hand in completed assignments for marking and will be given the next module and assignment booklet to continue working on.
  4. Once the student has completed all of the assignments they will write a final test. Students enrolled in Grade 12 Diploma subjects must also write the Provincial Diploma exam as scheduled on H.J. Cody exam schedule.

Note: Students should only enroll in Distance Education if they are able to work independently and have a genuine desire or motivation to complete their chosen course.

Assessment: Unless otherwise indicated on the course information sheet, the final test is worth:

  • 30% of the final mark for a 10 level course
  • 40% of the final mark for a 20 level course
  • 50% of the final mark for a 30 level course
The assignments comprise the remaining percentage of the final mark.


Course Timelines: Students are given strict timelines for completion of each module and ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to hand in their assignments on time. However, if any student does not remain on schedule a 2 day noon hour detention will be given in order for the student to complete their assignment. Student must attend the detention with their assigned Distance Education course. After the two days of working on their assignment the student will hand in their completed or partially completed assignment and it will be graded accordingly. Any assignment not handed in will receive a ZERO.