Connections to Mental Health & Wellness

Utilize TECH ED to build the wellness and mental health of students in your school:

Tech Ed courses are learning and teaching environments that enhance the achievement and well-being of all students; they follow a, “necessary for some, but good for all” philosophy. This is especially beneficial to our underserved and under performing students. This is because Tech so wonderfully engages learners in ways that a traditional classroom environment simply cannot. By embedding hands-on experiential learning experiences into the curriculum, Tech Ed supports students in both their academic achievement and their well-being.

Also, students who engage with Tech Ed classes as “vehicles” to obtain skills and knowledge of their subject content have far better retention rates for the information they have learned, and as importantly, they enjoy the process of learning much more; this not only raises their digital literacy rate, but also raises their level of mental health and wellness, self-confidence and overall achievement.

Suggest a TECH ED course to a student today!

TECH ED Subject Descriptions

The Technological Education (Tech Ed) curriculum in Grades 9–12 encompasses ten (10) unique hands-on subject areas!

They are:

  1. Communications Technology
  2. Computer Technology
  3. Construction Technology
  4. Green Industries
  5. Hairstyling and Aesthetics
  6. Health Care
  7. Hospitality and Tourism
  8. Manufacturing Technology
  9. Technological Design
  10. Transportation Technology

For Grade 9, there's an introductory broad-based technology (BBT) course: Exploring Technologies (TIJ1O).

"Exploring Tech" courses enable students to further explore and develop technological knowledge and skills introduced in the elementary school. Students will be given the opportunity to design and create projects related to the various technological areas or industries, working with a variety of tools, equipment, and software in a "fun" and hands-on, interactive and practial way.

For Grades 10-12, the following subject areas expand on the learning from TIJ, and have complimentary courses in each grade available to all students, right through to Grade 12, University/College:

Communications Technology (TGJs)

What it's about:
"Comm Tech" courses allow students to create work from a media perspective.

What students learn:
Students will work in the areas of TV/video and movie production, radio and audio production, print and graphic communications, photography, and interactive new media and animation.

What students do:
Projects may include computer-based activities such as creating videos, editing photos, working with audio, cartooning, developing animations, and designing web pages.

Computer Technology & Computer Engineering Technology (TEJs)

What it's about:
"Comp Tech" course allow students to use and learn about computer systems, networking, and interfacing, as well as electronics and robotics.

What students learn:
Students will assemble, repair, and configure computers with various types of operating systems and application software.

What students do:
Projects may include building small electronic circuits, 3D printing, writing computer programs to control simple peripheral devices or building, programming and operating robots.

Construction Technology (TCJs)

What it's about:
"Construction Tech" courses allow students to build and design various construction projects.

What students learn:
Students will learn to create and read working drawings; become familiar with common construction materials, components, and processes; and perform a variety of fabrication, assembly, and finishing operations.

What students do:
Practical projects may include using a variety of hand and power tools, equipment and materials while applying knowledge of the different systems of measurement.

Green Industries (THJs)

What it's about:
"Green Industries" courses introduce students to agriculture, forestry, horticulture, floristry, and landscaping sectors of the green industries.

What students learn:
Students will participate in a number of hands-on projects that may include plant or animal propagation; production, maintenance, and harvesting activities.

What students do:
Students will also use materials, processes, and techniques commonly employed in these industries and may develop floral or landscaping designs, maintain or construct green houses and/or related activities.

Landscape Designer: Landscape Design at Fanshaw College

Landscape Architect: Landscape Architecture at University of Guelph

Arborist: Arboriculture apprenticeship at Humber College

Landscape Contractor: Landscape Construction at Humber College

Greenhouse management or Plant Production: Greenhouse Management / Technician Coop program at Niagara College

Owner / Operator of your own Winery or Brewery: Wine Business Management at Niagara College

Food Science, Agriculture and Turfgrass Management At University of Guelph

Hairstyling and Aesthetics (TXJs)

What it's about:
These courses present hairstyling, make-up, and nail care techniques from a salon or spa perspective.

What students learn:
Students will use materials, processes, and techniques used in the industry and learn fundamental skills in hairstyling.

What students do:
Projects may include giving manicures and facials, and providing hair/scalp analyses and treatments, with consideration to the exploration of postsecondary pathways leading to careers in the field of hairstyling and aesthetics.

Health Care (TPJs)

What it's about:
These courses allow students to learn about personal health promotion, child and adolescent health concerns, and a variety of medical services, treatments, and technologies

What students learn:
Students will become familiar with various instruments and equipment and will learn about human anatomy, organs, and body chemistry, as well as the effects that lifestyle choices can have on personal well-being.

What students do:
Projects could include planning recreational activities for youth, perform a dietary analysis, and evaluating health care practices, with a look to exploring post secondary pathways that lead to careers in the field.

Hospitality and Tourism (TFJs)

What it's about:
These courses allow students to practically explore different areas of hospitality and tourism, as reflected in the various sectors of the tourism industry, with an emphasis on food service.

What students learn:
Students will study culinary techniques of food handling and preparation and health and safety standards and the origins of foods.

What students do:
Practical projects could include using tools and equipment, preparing a variety of foods, event planning for tourism attractions, all with a look to exploring post secondary pathways that lead to careers in the field and related fields.

Manufacturing Technology (TMJs)

What it's about:
These courses allow students to be immersed in the manufacturing industry by giving them opportunities to design and create products using a variety of processes, tools, and equipment.

What students learn:
Students will learn about technical drawing, properties and preparation of materials, and manufacturing techniques.

What students do:
Practical projects could include a robotic challenge, a design challenge, or a fabrication project involving processes such as machining, welding, vacuum forming, or injection molding.

Technological Design (TDJs)

What it's about:
"Tech Design" courses allow students to apply a design process to meet a variety of technological challenges.

What students learn:
Students will research projects, create designs, build models and/or prototypes, and assess products and/or processes using appropriate tools, techniques, and strategies.

What students do:
Practical projects could include creating designs for homes, vehicles, bridges, robotic arms, clothing, or other modern products.

Transportation Technology (TTJs)

What it's about:
These courses (sometimes called "Auto Tech") allow students to service and maintain vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft.

What students learn:
Students develop knowledge and skills related to the construction and operation of vehicle/craft systems and learn maintenance and repair techniques.

What students do:
Practical projects could include the construction of a self-propelled vehicle or craft, car engine servicing, tire/wheel servicing, electrical/battery servicing, and proper vehicle body care.

Grade 10 Tech Ed courses are all Open (O) destination courses - no pre-requisites.
Grade 11 Tech Ed courses have a variety of destinations, but all do NOT have any pre-requsites.
Grade 12 Tech Ed courses have a variety of destinations, but all DO have a Grade 11 pre-requiste from the corresponsding Subject Area (eg TGJ3M1 > TGJ4M1).

Connections to SHSM

Technological Education (Tech Ed) courses are well suited for inclusion in some programs leading to a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) or in programs designed to provide pathways to particular apprenticeship or workplace destinations.

For some SHSM programs, Tech Ed courses can be bundled with other courses to provide the academic knowledge and skills important to particular industry sectors and required for success in the workplace and postsecondary education, including apprenticeship.

Tech Ed courses may even be combined with co-operative education (Co-op) credits to provide the workplace experience required for some SHSM programs and for various program pathways to apprenticeship and workplace destinations!

SHSM programs would also include sector-specific learning opportunities offered by employers, skills-training centres, colleges, universities and community organizations.

Connections to Skills Canada and Skills Ontario

Each year, Tech Ed students from across Ontario meet to collaborate in friendly competitions showcasing their technological skills through practical project-based contests. "Winners" join Tech Ed students from across Canada to compete for the nation's best Tech student!

Completions are available in almost every Tech Ed subject area. Encourage your school's staff and administration to participate. All costs and fees are usually covered by the school and/or school board. Students and teachers enjoy these annual events. Career and employers sponsor the events and are often present; this can lead to post-secondary opportunities for students that they otherwise would not have had.

Connections To Other Specialized Programs Offered Through Tech Ed

Co-operative Education is a great subject area to partner together with Technological Education. The subject areas and their courses and content complement each other, as does the learning and delivery style; hands-on, practical, and experiential. Students can even earn 'multiple' credits at one time. Connect with your Co-op and Tech Subject Department Heads for more information.

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is a wonderful opportunity for students to jump start their post-secondary pathway.

Dual Credit
This program provides students with a high school credit, and a College credit at the same time. This provides students with an opportunity to 'reach ahead' to post-secondary while still in high school, and save money when entering a post-secondary school as they will already have a credit obtained without cost to them. They will also be immersed in the post-secondary 'world', experiencing what it might be like to go to college or university. Transportation costs for students to attend their post-secondary school are also covered.

University or College Reach Aheadsi
There are many other opportunites for Tech Ed students to partner with universities or colleges to gain further experience of their chosen subject or career area for future studies. Contact your board Consultant, or university/college liaison for further details.

Tech Ed Courses Are...
experiential learning
facility-based (labs, equipment, and software)
leading-edge and modern
pathways supportive
in-demand (employers and univerisites/colleges)
and fun!

Recommend a Tech Ed course (or two) to a student in your school today.