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This year's graduation events:

Participating in the Graduation Ceremony

You must have your grad courses 90% complete by May 29, 2015 to be included in the SCIDES Graduation Ceremony.


2015 SCIDES Graduation Ceremony and Luncheon

·      To be held at 10:30 am, Friday, June 12, 2015, at the Merritt Civic Centre, 1950 Mamette Avenue, Merritt, BC;

·      Grads are to arrive at the Merritt Civic Centre by 10:00 am;

·      Gowns and caps will be waiting at the Civic Centre.


Grad Guests
If you wish to bring more than five guests, please contact Jackie at 250-378-4245 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your request.


Grad Write-up

Grad Write-ups to be returned to jstibbards@scides by June 5, 2015.


Grad Photos at SCIDES - May 27th and 28th

·      Sittings are from 9 am and run into the afternoon;

·      Sign up at the Community Learning Centre or phone in your request for an appointment to 250-378-2157

·      Caps and gowns are provided;

·      The photo sitting is free;

·      Each student will receive a thumb drive containing his or her photo files.

Graduation Planning

The BC Ministry of Education Site has information for graduation requirements online, but, in general, all students who entered Grade 10 after June 30, 2004, need 80 credits (usually 20 courses) to graduate. At SCIDES, we work with each student to determine which courses are required for graduation, but the following is a general guideline:

GRADE 10 – required courses are:

  •     English 10
  •     Principles of Math 10 or Applications of Math 10 or Essentials of Math 10
  •     Social Studies 10
  •     Science 10
  •     Physical Education 10
  •     Planning 10
  •     a Fine Arts or Applied Skills course numbered 10, 11, or 12

GRADE 11 – required courses are:

  •     English or Communications 11
  •     Social Studies 11, Canadian Civics 11, or BC First Nations Studies 12
  •     Science 11 or 12
  •     Principles of Math 11 or Applications of Math 11 or Essentials of Math 11
  •     elective course (Grade 10, 11, or 12)
  •     elective course (Grade 10, 11, or 12)

GRADE 12 – required courses are:

  •     English 12 or Communications 12 or TPC 12
  •     three Grade 12 level courses
  •     elective course (Grade 10, 11, or 12)
  •     elective course (Grade 10, 11, or 12)
  •     Graduation Transitions

For additional information, you can always talk to your teacher or counselor at SCIDES, or check out the following link:

Ministry Graduation Requirements 

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Career planning tools

We often recommend some career planning tools to assist with making decisions. The following 3 tools require a booked session with a counsellor, the tools provide a great start for your career and education exploration. These are available at Thompson Rivers University through their counselling centre.

Strong Interest Inventory (2012 edition)

The Strong measures your interests in a broad range of occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects. It’s used to predict the kinds of work you may find satisfying. Book a Career Counselling Session and request the Strong, the complete Strong is a bargain at $40; the shorter version is $25. This assessment requires a counsellor referral to the Assessment Centre.

Career Cruising

The Career Matchmaker function of Career Cruising is used to generate potentially satisfying jobs. It’s password protected and free to our students. Make an appointment with a counsellor and we will provide you with the password information free of charge.


TypeFocus generates a Jungian personality type which can be useful when evaluating different work ideas or education plans. It’s also password protected and free to our students.

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What Can I do With my Studies?

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Education Planner

Education Planner is a database of 1,600 certificate, diploma and degree programs at 30 universities, colleges, and institutes in BC. You can sort by field of study, subject area, region, institution and length of program. It’s a little tricky to use (but easier than searching 30 institution websites) and has lots of relevant information on each program.


Includes info on job opportunities, career exploration, education, labour market statistics with live chat support.

Job Bank

Wage information; labour market projections; job search

National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

O*Net Online

This is a comprehensive career information site run by US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Search for occupational information based on various criteria, including keyword, skills used and work prospects. This is Cliff’s favourite career site.