Toronto District School Board

Centres of Innovation for Skills and Technologies

Centres of Innovation for Skills and Technologies feature customized learning hubs which respond to current and emerging economies supported within the framework of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

Students will be engaged in the engineering design process through real -world applications and will be prepared to make seamless transitions to the world of post-secondary learning.

Application to Centres of Innovation for Skills and Technologies is through Optional Attendance where students will apply to a school and sector-related program of choice. 

Students may also have the opportunity to participate in the Specialist High Skills Major program within each school site, leading to a Red Seal diploma, recognized by post-secondary institutions as well as sector partners. Within the pathways framework, students will also be provided with opportunities to participate in dual credits through college and apprenticeship agreements as well as university partnerships. 


Why?

  • Merge academics with occupational goals
  • Explore STEM careers through experiential learning and entrepreneurship
  • Utilize the engineering process to collaborate, design, create and innovate
  • Discover interests and strengths while navigating flexible pathways 

How?

  • Students work within a pathway plan that is focussed on competitive industry sectors, including: environmental technology,green industries, manufacturing technology, health & wellness, construction technology, information communication technology, hospitality & tourism, cosmetology & aesthetics and transportation technology. The pathways are flexible and designed for students to explore and test-drive by crosswalks. This innovation supports students in making informed choices when they apply to post-secondary learning.

  • Throughout the course of learning, students will have the opportunity to participate in problem-based learning through an industry sector while developing designs, solutions, products and processes. As students become solution focussed and equipped with greater knowledge and skills, experiential learning and work integrated experiences will enable students to make viable post-secondary choices. This is the pattern of lifelong learning in the 21st century.

  • Connectivity, smart tools and new media are drivers shaping how we approach learning and skill acquisition. The implications for student learning place an additional emphasis on skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and synthesis capabilities. Including experiential learning, enhances the opportunities for students to collaborate and adapt to interdisciplinary knowledge-making. 

  • Globally, young people are demonstrating the need to be actively engaged, through relevance and work-integrated learning. Applying skills and knowledge through social interactions and collaboration creates a STEM-literate learning stance and prepares young people for future demands in new and unknown learning landscapes.


Centres of Innovation for Skills and Technologies are located at the following schools:


Learn More

The videos below highlight creativity, design, technology and innovation, all learning stances incorporated in the Centres of Innovation for Skills and Technologies.

 

 







 


Student Admissions

Students are required to apply to a sector-related program in a Centre of Innovation for Skills and Technologies via the current Optional Attendance process. 

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To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
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