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ERIC Number: EJ992838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Shared Campus Smooths Post-Secondary Pathways
Pearson, George
Education Canada, v52 n5 2012
At the opening of Olds High School, Principal Tom Christensen held his breath as he watched students inspect the new facilities designed with a new approach to learning in mind. The Alberta school is divided into four so-called "quads," each housing one-quarter of the school's 800 students, with flexible learning spaces to accommodate small or large groups, self-directed study, project-based learning and other forms of inquiry and collaboration. It is located on the campus of Olds College, which partnered with Chinook's Edge School Division to create a shared, multi-facility complex known as the Community Learning Campus (CLC). The high school occupies about 20 percent of the CLC's Ralph Klein Centre, which also houses the CLC's Health and Wellness Centre, the Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority, Alberta Employment and Immigration, Integrated Career Centre, as well as counseling and health services. As a measure of the physical integration of education facilities, high school students make use of career, technical and shop facilities, renovated as part of the CLC project and located on the college campus. In addition to saving money, the shared facilities enable smooth pathways from college to post-secondary education or training. Former Chinook's Edge Superintendent Jim Gibbons says students can "do a transition from, say, a level of skill at Grade 9 or 10 and then easily transition to the trades as well." The layout of the high school is designed to get students thinking about their interests and possible career pathways.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada