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Experiential learning

Experiential Learning

What is Experiential Learning?

  • Experiential Learning involves engaging opportunities for students to immerse themselves in their learning, reflect on their experiences, and then apply what they have learned to their lives.
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  • Trillium Lakelands District School Board recognizes the value of a variety of learning opportunities for students in the 21st century. As such, the Board encourages and supports experiential learning.

Who can participate?

  • Elementary students may participate in activities such as: Skills Ontario events, Take Me Outside, Make Stuff Move, and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program activities, and other opportunities.
  • Elementary students may learn about secondary programs, such as Cooperative Education, the Specialist High Skills Major Program, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, and other opportunities.


  • Experiential learning improves student motivation.
  • Rich experiences help students to understand what they learn and retain that learning.
  • Students are more likely to increase their levels of creativity when they are immersed in their learning, and respond positively towards learning experiences.
  • Students are able to connect their learning to their communities, and to the world beyond.


Contact your school to get involved.

Skills Ontario

What is Skills Ontario?

  • Skills Ontario is a province-wide organization with 30 years experience helping to prepare youth today for the highly-skilled economy of tomorrow.
  • Skills Ontario is building Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce by providing opportunities for youth to explore and develop skills for successful careers in the skilled trades and technologies.
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Who can participate?

Elementary students are enabled and empowered to participate in Skills Ontario programs, events, camps, and opportunities through their home school.


  • Students have the opportunity to explore skilled trades and technologies in sectors such as construction and infrastructure, technology innovation, and hospitality services.
  • Learning is hands-on, engaging, and increases awareness of the skilled trades.


Contact your home school to get involved.


Take Tech

What is Take Tech?

  • The fundamental purpose of the technological education program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enhance their ability to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, postsecondary education or training, and daily life.
  • There are 10 areas of technological education and each area has various course options for students: communications, computer, constructions, green industries, hairstyling and aesthetics, health care, hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, technological design, and transportation. Course availability differs between schools.

Who can participate?

  • Grade 8 students during course selection are encouraged to select Grade 9 Exploring Technologies course for exposure to all the tech programs offered in their high school.
  • Grade 9 Exploring Technologies provides a technical foundation and is recommended for students who wish to specialize and succeed in future grade 10, 11 and 12 courses.


  • Courses in technological education are for students in all pathways and can lead to post-secondary education, including a career in the skilled trades.
  • Courses are hands on, activity based, and student centred.
  • Students develop lifelong learning habits and technical knowledge and skills that will help them adapt to technological advances in the changing workplace and world.
  • Students learn confidence, ability, and opportunity to be successful in any situation.


Contact your school for more information.

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If you have any questions, please contact your local school or fill in the Pathways Questions Form.

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