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Complimentary Courses







Career and Technology Studies (CTS) is a complementary program designed for Alberta's secondary school students. As a program of choice, CTS offers all students important learning opportunities to:

  • develop skills that can be applied in their daily lives, now and in the future
  • refine career-planning skills
  • develop technology-related skills
  • enhance employability skills
  • apply and reinforce learnings developed in other subject areas
  • prepare for transition into adult roles in the family, community, workplace and/or further education.

The course structure of CTS enables schools to design unique programs that meet the needs of students and take advantage of community resources. Developed across levels rather than grades, CTS has multiple entry points and provides secondary students with access to a common curriculum. As a competency-based curriculum, CTS recognizes prior learning from formal schooling and personal initiatives. ​


Students in career and technology studies (CTS) courses have an opportunity to compete at Skills Canada Alberta.

This program serves as a critical link between employers, educators, labour groups and the government to reposition trade and technical careers as a first choice career option for youth in Alberta. This is accomplished through programming targeted at junior and senior high students. Their goal is to improve the public perception of the importance of trade and technology based careers and promote the career path opportunities with trades and technologies.


Former students have been very successful at the Provincial and National levels of competition. A student who wins gold in certain categories will be given the opportunity to go on to compete at the National level.