Specialized Programs



Upper Grand District School Board and John F. Ross CVI are able to offer selected students the opportunity to take online courses (e-learning). Through the Ontario e-Learning Consortium, the UGDSB and 20 other school boards work together to optimize e-Learning programs and enhance student learning through emerging technologies and innovative practices. Through this partnership students in the UGDSB have access to a broader range of courses taught by Ontario certified teachers. 

Students who are unable to take a course through our daytime program may have the opportunity to gain that credit through e-learning. In addition, students with specific needs as outlined in the protocol (below) may also enroll in e-learning courses. These courses meet Ministry standards, and are taught by Ontario teachers, and count as credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.


In order to register for an e-learning course you must see a guidance counselor. In guidance, you will receive information about course availability and online learning requirements. All decisions are based on the principal's discretion. Criteria to be considered for acceptance include:

  • Home-schooled students
  • Availability of courses in the home school
  • Health issues that prevent full-time attendance
  • Special education needs (such as giftedness)
  • Students who fit the profile of a successful online learner as described below

Dual Credit

The Dual Credit program provides a unique opportunity for senior students to take courses in selected career areas at the college level, while exposing students to the college setting, culture, and expectations. Students receive credit at both the secondary school and college levels by taking courses that align with certificate, diploma, or level-one apprenticeship programs at college. Upper Grand DSB is partnered with three colleges through the School College Work Initiative, a consortium that covers all costs for students to participate.

Dual Credit programs are packaged with two credits in co-operative education and are taught in semester two, where the co-op placement hours are scheduled around the dual credit instruction hours. Registration is through an application process only. Please visit the Guidance Department to inquire.

Programs Available for 2011/12 at Conestoga College

 College Pathway  Apprenticeship Pathway
Personal Support Worker
1. Professional Practice A
2. Professional Practice B

Early Childhood Education Child Development:
1. The Early Years Introduction to ECE

Community Leadership
1. Fitness and Lifestyle
2. Management or Get Fit 1
3. Introduction to Helping
1. Mathematics for the Construction Trades
2. Introduction to HVAC or Electrical Wiring and Safety
3. Mathematics for the Mechanical Trades
4. Welding and Motive Power Safety

Level 1 Apprenticeship
1. Automotive Service Technician
2. Cook
3. General Machinist: common core for metal machining trades
4. Truck and Coach Technician: common core for Heavy Equipment, Agricultural Equipment and Powered Lift Truck Technician

Specialist High Skills Major

Visit the SHSM page for more information.