Check out student projects here: Fashion Studies, Construction Technology & Foods Studies
The CTS program centers around five clusters and more than 1000 1-credit courses in 28 occupational areas.
A cluster is a group of CTS courses that represent occupations with broad industry commonalities. Clusters in CTS are aligned with the National Occupational Classification (NOC) and function as an organizing tool for the CTS program:
The goal of CTS is to link school programming in the applied arts areas to both workplace needs and to the character of changing technology. Each module in the CTS area is valued at one credit. Students typically complete six modules in a one-semester CTS course; however this will vary slightly from strand to strand.
The new CTS clusters are as follows:
Business, Administration, Finance & Information Technology (BIT)
The BIT cluster focuses on the management, marketing and use of electronic technologies to access, use and manipulate information within personal, family, workplace, community and global contexts. This cluster challenges students to expand their confidence, experience and skills as innovators and leaders. The two strands that are presently being offered at Chinook High School are:
Financial Management 10, 20, 30
Introductory Level (Mandatory) – if this is your first semester taking Financial Management here at Chinook, the following modules are mandatory to complete; the introductory course includes modules on (1) Personal Financial Information, (2) Personal Taxation, (3) Personal Investment Planning, (4) Accounting Prep, and (5) Open Research Project.
Intermediate Level is a course that has students apply specialized accounting procedures associated with a retail business. The course includes modules on (1) Accounting Cycle 1, (2) Accounting Cycle 2, (3) Retail Accounting 1, (4) Retail Accounting 2, and (5) Payroll Accounting.
Advanced Level offers students an opportunity to examine more advanced applications in accounting. Some of those opportunities include modules in: Advanced Accounting, Management Accounting, Capital Accounting, Financial Statements, and Personal Investment Planning 2.
For more information, the course syllabus can be located here: http://chs.lethsd.ab.ca/documents/general/FinancialManagement.pdf
Media, Design & Communication Arts (MDC)
The MDC cluster is designed to provide students the flexibility to adapt to various situations relating to design, communication and esthetics. This cluster includes courses related to art and culture, such as the performing arts, film and video, broadcasting, journalism, writing, creative design, fashion, libraries and museums.
Digital Media 10, 20, 30 (Communication Technology Program of Studies)
This strand introduces (10 level), builds upon (20 level) and specializes (30 level) students skills in the Adobe Master Collection CS6 software packages (ie Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash, InDesign, Dreamweaver (HTML), Audition, etc.). The areas of study include graphic design digital video production, animation, interactive presentation, digital photography, digital image manipulation, branding, electronic layout and publishing, web design, audio mixing, and printing (large format and/or 3D). Some of our project-based learning challenges activities include: T-shirt print and design, producing a video, event poster, photo shoots and editing, page layouts for print and digital publishing. Students are encouraged to create a portfolio of their work. Career pathways and post-secondary opportunities are discussed at each level.
Please note: 5 30-Level credits in this strand is approved as a 5th course requirement at The University of Lethbridge.
Fashion Studies 10, 20, 30
Fashion Studies is not just about sewing, it is about creativity, design, and inspiration. When you register in Fashion Studies you will be introduced to many other different elements of fashion like drafting textile science, technology, the world of designers, illustration, business, upcycling, outerwear, active wear, textile art, knitting/crochet, and more. The courses offered will help you develop important life skills that can transfer to other disciplines or lead to a career in a dynamic and exciting industry.
Students work independently on their choice of projects. After completing two required modules, you can earn as many credits as you can by studying the strand of Fashion Studies that you interests you most. Remember that Fashion Studies is not just for girls, but for all genders. There are exciting projects available for everyone!
There are a total 47 courses that students can select from in all strands of interest. Here are just some of the courses that Fashion Studies offers:
Fashion & Design – Fashion Illustration, Couture, Creating Accessories, Creative Costuming, Cultural Fashion
Fashion Fabrics and Production – Sewing Fundamentals and Construction, Textiles and Their Care, Draping, Pattern Drafting, Speciality Fabrics, Active wear, Knitwear, Outdoor Clothing, Creating Home Décor, Textiles Arts, Surface Embellishment, Digital Embroidery
Fashion and Promotion - Fashion Dynamics, Fashion Retailing, Fashion Merchandising
Fashion & History - Theatrical Costuming, Evolution of Fashion, Cultural Fashion
Discover what Fashion Studies can do for you. For more information, contact Deanna Brouwer in the Fashion Lab in room 210.
Fashion Projects: Come join us in the exciting world of Fashion Studies! Fashion students work on a variety of modules and exciting projects throughout the semester. Fashion projects include garments, accessories, art projects, home décor, costumes, knit and crochet projects, and upcycling, just to name a few. Contact Deanna Brouwer for more information.
Fashion Studies 9
Fashion Studies is not just about sewing, it also includes learning about textile arts, like knitting or crocheting, or fashion design and illustration and textile fibres. In this level students are introduced to the basic sewing principles, sewing machine, ironing, sewing tools and practices. Students have a choice of sewing projects and work independently.
Fashion Studies is not just for girls, boys need to learn how to operate a sewing machine and sew, too. There is lots of opportunity to learn new skills in Fashion Studies, so come and try it.
Health, Recreation & Human Services (HRH)
The HRH cluster focuses on a vast array of challenging and rewarding careers in health care, community supports, recreation, cosmetology, food services, tourism and law.
Food Studies 10, 20, 30
This course sequence enables students to develop a broad interest in foods in such a way that they are motivated to continue practicing and learning about food. Students will cultivate their individual talents and interests through the study of Food Basics, Contemporary Baking, Meal Planning I, Fast & Convenience Foods, Snacks & Appetizers and Canadian Heritage Foods.
Food Studies 9
Students are introduced to the basics of food preparation and sanitation in Food Studies 9. Students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes through the preparation of a variety of foods to promote an interest in a culinary career or life skills. There are three courses that are studied in this level, Food Beginnings, Simple Snacks and Canadian Heritage Foods.
Legal Studies 20-30
Legal Studies 20-30 allows students to explore modules that focus on public law (the legal relationship between the government and the citizen) and private law (the legal relationships between individuals). Students will become familiar with the influence, impact and complexities of these laws in their daily lives. The goal is for students to complete 3 modules at the 20 level and 3 at the 30 level.
Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation (TMT)
The TMT cluster focuses on skills and knowledge related to the design, construction, fabrication and maintenance of a product. This cluster includes courses that relate to manufacturing, processing, utilities, construction, mechanics, fabrication, trades supervision, trades contracting, logistics, transportation and heavy equipment.
Construction Technology 10, 20, 30
Students selecting modules in this course sequence have an opportunity to investigate and develop skills and attitudes related to the design, construction, and maintenance of houses. Areas of study include safety, use of the wood lathe, and construction of cabinets and furniture. A $25 shop fee is assessed for this course and students are required to pay for all projects over and above this fee.
Fabrication Studies 10, 20, 30
The goal of this sequence of courses is to provide students with an opportunity to choose from a variety of 25-hour modules in the areas of fabrication and design. Areas of study include safety, woodworking, metalworking, machining, and welding. A shop fee is assessed for Fabrication courses and students doing specialized projects may be assessed an additional materials charge.
Natural Resources (NAT)
NAT focuses on conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. In this cluster, learners develop the motivation and commitment to work individually and collectively as private citizens and members of the workforce toward the conservation and responsible use of air, energy, forests, land, minerals, water and wildlife.
No Natural Resources courses are presently being offered at Chinook High School.