Career Education & Development

Pembina Hills students have opportunities to receive high school credit for learning that takes place outside of the classroom. These off-campus learning opportunities are designed to help students connect to the world of work while still in school. 

Pembina Hills offers the following programs: 

  • Work Experience
  • Dual Credit
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
  • Green Certificate Program


August 28, 2024 – June 26, 2025

Earn an Educational Assistant Certificate through Pembina Hills and Northern Lakes College! 

The 2024-2025 10-month dual-credit program will take place August 28, 2024 to June 26, 2025, each afternoon 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (no classes during Spring Break or the summer).

Earn high school and post-secondary credits at the same time!

Afternoon sessions will be held in Barrhead or Westlock (flexibility to view online if not in their community). Students must also participate in full-day sessions on PHSD Professional Development Days in Barrhead.

  • Prerequisites:
    • Credit in English 30-1 or 60% in English 30-2
    • Credit in Math 10C or Math 10-3
  • Cost: 
    • No tuition costs for 3rd, 4th and 5th-year high school students in PHSD 
    • Adult students will pay tuition based on the Rates Annex (not applicable to current EA employees)
    • Textbooks are the responsibility of the student
  • Two practicums in PHSD schools

Interested in this program? Register TODAY!


For more information, contact Karen Fischer at or 780.305.8505.

IMPORTANT: This information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Section 33(c). This information will be used to identify practices or conditions which may affect the safety and care of individuals. If you have questions about the collection of this information, you can contact the FOIP Coordinator at Pembina Hills School Division, 5310-49 St. Barrhead, AB T7N 1P3 or by phone at 780.674.8500.



Work Experience

Careers: The Next Generation

Pembina Hills has partnered with Careers: Next Generation, a not-for-profit foundation that assists students by bringing together industry, schools, governments and communities to guide youth into successful career paths. Careers connects youth to employers in various industries where they can try out some of Alberta’s most in-demand careers while making money and earning high school credits.

What industries?

  • Skilled Trades
  • Information & Communications Technologies (ICT)
  • Health
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Energy Production

Careers Brochure

Careers Testimonial Video

Careers Website

Connect with our Careers Lead Teacher

Students can connect with our Careers Lead Teacher, Darrell Teske at for more information.

Dual Credit

With Dual Credit programming, Grades 10-12 students have the opportunity to complete a college course or program while earning credits at both the college and high school (Gr. 12, 30-level) levels at the same time.

Why take Dual Credit programming?

  • Finding their path: Taking dual credit programming allows students to try out a post-secondary course or program and prepares students for a post-secondary environment. 
  • Students can earn both high school and college credits at the same time
  • Schooling at home that fits the student’s schedule: Dual Credit programming is completed online with most courses being accessed when the students are available – during the day, evening or whenever it fits their schedule. Students may be able to complete an entire college program while living at home, depending on the program. 
  • It can lower future course loads and save money: Students can complete courses towards a credential before going to a post-secondary institution. Students can also get a rebate (up to 90% of tuition) upon successful completion.
  • Students can complete college prerequisite courses

Who is eligible to take dual credits?

High school students who are 19 years of age or younger as of September 1, 2023 are eligible to take dual credits. 

Dual Credit Opportunities

Through Northern Lakes College:

  • Addictions Counseling*
  • Business Administration**
  • Computer Network Specialist**
  • Early Learning & Child Care**
  • Educational Assistant**
  • Office Administration**
  • Practical Nurse*
  • Primary Care Paramedics*
  • Social Work Courses*
  • University Transfer Courses*

* Individual courses, not entire program
** Individual courses OR entire program

Students planning to attend colleges in Alberta other than Northern Lakes College may also be able to start their program while attending high school. Students must talk to their career counsellor or school administration as soon as possible.

Some programs require practicum placements that can be completed within our community or they may require practical experience that must be completed away from home.


Students can talk to their school career counselor or school administration about dual credit opportunities, prerequisite requirements and the registration process.

For more information, contact PHSD’s Dual Credit Coordinator:

Karen Fischer

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

Students work in a trade of choice (part-time during the school year, for a semester, on weekends/holidays or during the summer) and earn wages, high school credit and on-the-job apprenticeship hours towards a journeyperson certificate. 


Once the RAP student completes high school, the RAP apprenticeship ends and students are automatically registered as regular apprentices and the job hours earned while in RAP are applied to their apprenticeship program. 

RAP Placements in Pembina Hills

  • Parts Technicians
  • Automotive Service Technicians
  • Heavy Equipment Technicians 

For more information, students can contact their Academic Counsellor or school principal.

Green Certificate

The Green Certificate Program provides trainees with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related, structured learning pathways as part of high school and earn up to 16 Grade 12 diploma credits. Students learn on worksites under the direction of experienced farm personnel and the supervision and administration of their high school.

Areas of specialization

  • Beekeeper production
  • Cow-calf beef production
  • Dairy production
  • Equine production
  • Feedlot beef production
  • Field crop production
  • Greenhouse production
  • Irrigated field crop production
  • Poultry production
  • Sheep production
  • Swine production

For more information, students can contact their Academic Counsellor or school principal.