Join the CTEC Specialist Council
Join the CTEC Specialist Council
Join the CTEC Specialist Council
Join the CTEC Specialist Council
Join the CTEC Specialist Council
Join the CTEC Specialist Council

CTS News for Teachers

Alberta's Future workforce gets hands-on career training
Education Minister David Eggen has approved the Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) program for students in Grades 5 to 9, which means schools across the province are able to take full advantage of the program for the 2016-17 school year. Read more... .
Skills Days
To develop momentum for the new Skills Canada Alberta (SCA) junior high focused initiative SCA is hosting a PD workshop for teachers - January 12-13, 2016 at Fort Edmonton Park and February 9-10 at Fort Calgary Park. A Skills Day brings groups of students together to work in teams to address a problem by designing and building a prototype. Building on the Maker Day model, students present their concept then share their learning and insights. The goal of the day is to encourage design thinking, inquiry, making and experiential learning. This is an excellent PD opportunity. For more detailed information, please click HERE. .
If You Build It, They Will Come
In partnership with the Edmonton Catholic and Public Schools, the ERLC (Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium) are happy to advise that we have the program ready and the registration open for the January 26, 2016 CTF/CTS - Engagement: If You Build It, They Will Come at Holy Trinity Catholic and J. Percy Page High Schools. We have a variety of 25 sessions in Information Technology, Health, Recreation, Human Services, Media, Design, Natural Resources, Trades, CTF implementation and CTF/CTS updates from Alberta Education. For more information, please click HERE. .
Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta Study
The Association would appreciate if you could support the profession by participating in a provincial research survey on the impact of digital technologies on the health, development and learning of Alberta’s children and youth. This research activity, known as Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta, is being led by the Alberta Teachers' Association in partnership with faculty from Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health and researchers from the University of Alberta. GUD Alberta is a comprehensive and long-term study of the scope of physical, mental and social consequences of digital technologies in areas such as exercise, homework, identity formation, distraction, cognition, learning, nutrition and sleep quality/quantity. This voluntary survey should take no more than 10 minutes and is to be completed on or before December 21, 2015. This research study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta. To participate, please follow the survey link As an incentive to participate in this survey you will have the opportunity to be entered in a draw for one of five prepaid $100 gift cards. Thank you for participating in this survey and adding your professional voice to the Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta Study. Your perspectives as teachers with an interest in your specialty is essential to this historic research study and your contributions are greatly appreciated!
2016 High School Video Contest
Get creative and develop a video in any style that highlights workplace health and safety. Videos should be no more than two minutes long, and can be created individually or in a team. Videos can include live action, animation, claymation, rap, stop motion, poetry, black and white film, or any other style that inspires you. Cash Prizes! Visit HERE for all the details.
2016 CTEC Conference
The 2016 CTEC Conference (Career & Technology Education Council, CTS/CTF)is in Canmore, Nov 24, 25 and 26, 2016. Visit often for more updated information.
Thank You to our Council Members and our Sponsors
Thanks to all the CTS Council delegates and exhibitors who made the trip up to Fort McMurray for the 2015 CTS Conference. As well, a huge "Thank you " to the Building Trades of Alberta, SafeStart, Suncor and Morgex for their generous sponsorship of this Conference. See you next year in Canmore.
Quoted from a Suncor Energy Ltd Communication
As Canada’s leading integrated energy company, we have a responsibility to help educate our young people on the energy process and how we fit within it. But how can we accomplish this? It’s not as though Oil Sands 101 is offered in curriculums. And Suncor field trips are not available for all students. Nevertheless, we took a step toward closing this gap on Nov. 13, when we hosted teachers from across Alberta on a tour of our Oil Sands operations. The teachers, who were attending a Career and Technology Council Conference in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, were provided a first-hand experience of the oil sands and energy process. The tour included a visit to our North Steepbank Mine viewpoint, Wapisiw Lookout and of course, had a photo-op at the big tire at the Steepbank Mine Complex. Teachers play a critical role in reaching the youth. By improving their energy literacy, teachers will be able to share knowledge with their students to create a balanced dialogue in their classrooms. Many of the teachers on this particular tour – given the type of conference they were attending – educate on topics of careers and technology. By taking our tour, they will have hopefully gained a better appreciation for the oil sands process and will pass that along to young people, including those considering future careers in the region. "Many of the attendees of the tour came with an idea of what the oil sands were like," says Tyran Ault, RMWB external communications team lead and host of the tour. "But there is no replacement for seeing it first-hand. This was a fantastic opportunity to change pre-conceived notions, transfer knowledge of what we do and create ambassadors for Suncor and the energy industry as a whole."
Great Parents and Great Teachers Make Great Kids.
It takes great parents and great teachers to make great kids. Together we can create great schools. Learn more at:
McGraw-Hill CTS Survey Results
Congratulations to Gordon Goodrich at Wm E Hays Composite High School in the Clearview School Division! Gordon is the winner of McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s Alberta CTS Resource Survey draw for an iPad mini. McGraw-Hill Ryerson thanks all those who responded to the survey. Your feedback will help develop meaningful CTS resources for teachers and students.
23 New CDX Courses for Automotives
For access to this new material, contact Mark Murray, Canadian General Manager, CDX Global - a Division of Jones & Bartlett Learning; The Automotive Training System. or visit the site at
Alberta Education has created four new apprenticeship training pathways that became available in February 2014. These include Auto Body Technician (ABA), Heavy Equipment Technician (HEA), Millwright (MWA), and Plumber (PLA).
Guide to CTS/EPT
The PDF version of the Guide to CTS (English and French) has been removed from the CTS Education webpage and replaced with a Guide to CTS Website at The French version is at
Knowledge and Employability–Career and Technology Studies Connections, 2013
This document identifies potential linkages among Knowledge and Employability (K&E) occupational programs of study and the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses. The PDF document has been posted online,, and is in the process of being integrated into the Guide to CTS Website..
Personal Finance Workshops for Teens have partnered with H&R Block’s “Dollars and Sense” program to create three personal finance workshops for teens. The workshops, taught by teens, will equip aspiring Biz Kids with the tools they need to save, make, and spend money wisely. Each session is 30 minutes long and can be downloaded today at Plus, if you facilitate a workshop for your peers and report back, you’ll be automatically entered to win $7,500 in scholarship money!
Access Denied: The Effect Of Apprenticeship Restrictions In Skilled Trades
Visit: for information.
Resources for Students Preparing for Post Secondary
Visit for information.
900 Scholarships for Students in Trades
Visit Alberta Trade Scholarships for information.