Alternative Education Options in New Westminster
Royal City Alternate Program : This is a New Westminster school district program for students aged 13-15. It offers self-paced instruction and social and life skills support.
POWER Program : This is a secondary school program run through the New Westminster school district that offers a smaller, supportive environment with flexible schedules for students aged 16-18.
SIGMA : This is another New Westminster school district program that runs out of NWSS. It offers flexible programming, smaller classes, and counseling on site.
Purpose Secondary School : This is an independent secondary school in New Westminster run by Purpose Society. They offer grade 8 through 12 for students who are finding it difficult to succeed in the traditional school system.
Post-Secondary Planning and Funding
Aged Out : Scholarships and bursaries for kids who are or have been in government care.
CanLearn Interactive: Information to research, plan, and finance your post-secondary education in Canada.
StudentAid BC: Loans and grants available in British Columbia.
Scholarships Canada: Information on scholarships and bursaries.
Education Planner: Information about undergraduate programs at 27 of B.C.'s post-secondary institutions.
Youth2Youth: Do you have learning disabilities? This site has tips to help you manage the transition from high school to university, and from university to the world of work.
Exchanges Canada: Investigate exchange programs, both within Canada and world-wide.
Go Abroad: directory of language schools, overseas internships, international volunteer positions, etc.
Summer Work Student Exchange: For students 16 and 17 years old who want a summer job in Quebec.
Jobs and Career Resources
Careers in the Trades: Check this out if you’re interested in a career in the trades.
Finding a Job: Tips and links for youth from the Government of Canada.
Fraser Works: The local New Westminster WorkBC Employment Services Centre offers a free space for job searching and advice.
Job Bank: Take a look at these student jobs listed with the Government of Canada’s Job Bank.
Young Canada Works: Summer jobs and internships for students and grads.
Young Workers Zone: Learn about health and safety on the job, legal information, and a link to an employment centre in your region of the country.
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