Concurrent Options

The courses in this section may have portions that could be done at the Connections For Learning Campus; however, it is recommended that if students express interest in these courses, they should take them at one of the two high schools (MCHS or SGCHS). Enrolling concurrently simply means that students are enrolled at both schools.

It would be up to the students to transport themselves to and from the different location. There is also typically a fee for these courses.

Note: Course descriptions are from Spruce Grove Composite High School.


In this program students pursue the art and science of beauty care.

Cosmetology 10

5 Credits

Cosmetology 10 is an introductory program designed to introduce students to hair and skin techniques. Students will learn introductory techniques in hairstyling, permanent waving, skin care, nail care and make-up. This is a great course to enhance skills you can use at home.

Cosmetology 20

5 Credits

This course provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue a career in cosmetology. The course may focus on either hairstyling or esthetics, or a combination of each. Students learn haircutting, hair coloring, permanent waving, body adornment, manicures, make-up, facial waxing and eyebrow tinting.

Cosmetology 30

5 Credits

This course builds on the practical skills in coloring, highlighting, hairstyling, scalp care, and color removal, advanced cutting and professional practice. The advanced students also explore more of the Esthetics career in areas such as facial waxing, eyebrow tinting, pedicures, theatrical and spa awareness. Advanced cosmetology also focuses on client services, which prepares students for employment in the Cosmetology industry. Self-confidence, speed, accuracy, customer service and work ethic are emphasized.

Culinary Arts (Foods)

Culinary Arts provides students with an introduction to the food service industry. As this is very much a "hands-on" course, students spend a great deal of their time working in a spacious, well-equipped kitchen that is organized similarly to a commercial kitchen.

Whether the desire is to cook well for yourself, your family and/or friends, or you wish to embark upon a career in the food service industry, the emphasis is on developing a knowledge of recipes and equipment as well as the development of safe, hygienic and efficient food preparation skills.

Two potential career paths that start with this program include Chef/Cook Trade and the Pastry Chef/Baker Trade.

Culinary Arts 10

5 Credits

Students develop an understanding of the professional kitchen, learning safe and sanitary food handling procedures, equipment care, comprehension of recipes and the importance of efficient work habits. This course forms a solid base of skills and knowledge for your own personal use or for further studies in Foods. Students will have the opportunity to select and prepare a wide variety of products. Some examples include crepes, soups, salads, cakes and pastries, fresh pasta, cultural foods, meats and desserts.

Culinary Arts 20

5 Credits

Students continue to build on their skills, refining the techniques they learned in Culinary Arts 10.

Modules for this level include:

  • Soups and Sauces
  • Basic Meat Cookery
  • Fish and Poultry
  • Yeast Breads
  • Grains, Legumes, Pulses, Nuts and Seeds
  • Legumes, Milk and Egg Products
  • Creative Cold Foods

Students will select and prepare such products as specialty pastries (choux, phyllo), angel cakes, creative appetizers, specialty breads and more.

Culinary Arts 30

5 Credits

Masters of skill, these advanced students will be taking on leadership roles as they mentor the introductory students in the cafeteria.

Modules in this level include:

  • Creative Baking
  • Advanced Yeast Products
  • Advanced Soups and Sauces
  • Food Presentation
  • Short Order Cooking
  • Advanced Meat Cookery
  • Food for Life Stages

This advanced level course requires a higher degree of skill. Students work more independently on more difficult products. There is an emphasis on cuisines from around the world, and students have the opportunity to prepare advanced baking and bread products; sauces and derivatives, various meat products, specialty desserts and more. Students will have the option to create their own foods portfolio that can be shown to potential employers or post-secondary schools and colleges.


Mechanics is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop safe work habits and the basic skills needed to work in a Mechanics shop. Whether students are planning a career in the industry or simply want to be an informed vehicle owner, Mechanics is an excellent opportunity for all students.

Mechanics 10

5 Credits

Mechanic modules at the introductory level include:

  • Shop Safety
  • Mechanics Tools & Materials
  • Vehicle Service & Care
  • Vehicle Hydraulics
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Engines
  • Suspension & Steering

Mechanics 20

5 Credits

Mechanic modules at the intermediate level include:

  • Electrical Systems
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Braking Systems
  • Drive Trains
  • Transmissions
  • Steering and Suspensions
  • Engine Lubrication and Cooling
  • Fuel and Exhaust Systems
  • Ignition and Emission Control Systems

Mechanics 30

5 Credits

Mechanic modules at the advanced level include:

  • Steering & Suspension Service
  • Drive Train Repair
  • Power Assisting Systems
  • Safety Systems
  • Power Assist Accessories
  • Computer Systems
  • Engine Diagnosis
  • Engine Tune-up
  • Engine Replacement
  • Engine Reconditioning


Art 10

5 Credits

Art 10 intends to introduce students to the fundamental elements of art through drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and art history. Students explore a variety of media, techniques, and subject matter. This is a project-based course involving hands-on work.

Art 20

5 Credits

Art 20 intends to broaden students' understanding of the elements of art and introduces the principles of design, in combined approaches. Areas of study may include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and art history. Students will further their understanding of media, development of techniques, and exploration of subject matter. This is a project-based course involving hands-on work.

Art 30

5 Credits

Art 30 intends to apply student understanding of the elements of art and principles of design, techniques, media and subject matter. Students will explore personal areas of interest in drawing, painting and SCAMPER (acronym representing 7 creative jumping points, interpreted in their choice of media). This is a project-based course involving hands-on work.

Second Languages

French 10

5 Credits

All levels are welcomed in French 10 as many important grammar concepts are reviewed at the beginning of the term.

French 20

5 Credits

This course is a continuation of the students’ previous experience. The grammar concepts are aimed at having the participants communicate effectively in French, using idiomatic expressions and linguistic norms.

French 30

5 Credits

This course builds on previous knowledge of the language and expands their linguistic understanding. They will explore cultural aspects of Quebec and France and make comparisons based on their own cultures. They will have many opportunities in class to demonstrate their communicative skills.

German 10

5 Credits

Lesson materials are presented in various forms: dialogues, pictures, comics, and reading selections. Students learn to socialize, exchange information, count, express feelings and emotions, attitudes and opinions and interests. Cultural and geographical information is an integral part of the program. Much of the course work is situational.

German 20

5 Credits

Lesson materials continue to be highly interactive and student-centered. Introductory lessons in the course provide enrichment for previously acquired basic vocabulary and sentence structures. Progression of the languages is quicker and vocabulary is more extensive.

German 30

5 Credits

Lesson materials continue to be highly interactive and situational. On completion of German 30 you will have acquired German skills to allow you to communicate in Germany, German-speaking cultures in Canada, and other countries.

Japanese 10

5 Credits

Japanese 10 is intended for students who are NEW to the language. Japanese 10 will provide students with foundations in written and spoken Japanese. Students will develop many basic expressions and sentence patterns using various resources both in print and online. Students will also receive practice booklets to reinforce basic skills and refine them. Skits, presentations, movies and games round out an interactive class. A restaurant trip to Edmonton is planned each term. Several videos of Japanese home and school life as well as special Japanese guest presenters provide necessary cultural background for this course. Students in Grade 10, 11 or 12 are able to take Japanese 10.

Japanese 20

5 Credits

Japanese 20 will continue to use various resources online and in print and will receive booklets filled with activities to support both reading and writing skills in Japanese. Many skits and activities are also a part of this course. At this level, students have enough skills to develop a special project that highlights individual student’s strengths. We continue to offer a restaurant trip to expand language use and understanding of Japanese food and culture. Students will also learn to keyboard using our computer IME software.

Japanese 30

5 Credits

Japanese 30 continues with expanding the sentence patterns and cultural knowledge of Japan. Students will continue to develop their reading and writing skills in a practical hands-on set of projects and skits. Students are even given the opportunity to create their own Japanese Manga! Students have the opportunity to continue their studies with numerous exchange possibilities and can make pen pal exchanges as well. Again, videos using Japanese at natural speed will help to teach listening and comprehension skills.


Drama 10

5 Credits

This is an introductory course to drama and theatre intended to develop confidence, concentration, creativity, and communication skills to enable the student to function within the theatre craft. Through creative and fun activities in theatre disciplines of movement, voice, acting and improvisation, technical and theatre studies, students will learn to work with others in a varied number of group projects leading to the possibility of a solo project if ready.

Students are encouraged to explore basic elements and basic analyses of plot, character, and theme. As well, the student will learn the basics to develop scenes for presentation and performance. The primary focus of the program will be on structured improvisation.

This course is designed for students who want to have fun meeting different people and performing many different characters within scene structure. Drama 10 provides an introductory look at the dramatic disciplines of movement, speech, improvisation, acting, technical theatre and design and theatre studies.

Drama 20

5 Credits

Drama 20 is an in-depth exploration of ensemble work, mime/movement, voice/speech improvisation/role-play, acting techniques/characterization and the study/exploration of playwriting. The students will be introduced to the disciplines of the playwright, actor, director, designer and critic. Scripted materials will be selected or student-written and serve as a basis for scene study. This begins at an introductory level but can lead to an advanced level depending on the skill level of the students enrolled in the class.

Students will have numerous opportunities for performance related projects and for creative input as to some of the styles of projects undertaken. Students enrolling in drama at this level do need to have a commitment to want to explore character and script at a much deeper level while still maintaining the adventure and fun.

Drama 30

5 Credits

A continuation of the Drama 20 program, with emphasis on theatre directing and a deeper further study in theatre arts, this course is designed for students who are hungry for a broader experience in theatre. Analysis of the context and styles of theatrical performance in plays and scenes from past to the present will be explored.

This course will allow each student an opportunity to be the actor, director, playwright and designer. The progression will be from script, concepts, designs, staging and the total process through to performance.

This course provides an opportunity to be a part of production, direction, design, construction, acting, and management of a goal to be performing and directing in plays. The focus is on production of the one act play and the study of all elements involved. This is a high energy class and involves definite levels of commitment, cooperation and creative thinking.