Career Exploration Program (CEP)

What is CEP?

CEP is a three-year program designed as an alternative to secondary school for students who are interested in a program that combines academic courses with occupational skills training and on-the-job experience.


 Student using a circular saw

Who can apply to CEP?

Any student entering grades 10 through 12.

How to apply

Please contact Trevor Foley via email or at 902-396-2750 Ext 1056 

Benefits of CEP?

  •  CEP offers a hands-on approach to learning
  • Smaller classes.

  • Students participate in a co-op placement in December and June (4 weeks total)

  • Courses are designed to meet the needs of all learners.

  • Students are eligible to proceed to post-secondary education

  • Students have regular access to CEP program support teacher.
  • Opportunity for employment from co-op placement.

CEP Shop Courses:

Food Services:

  • Preparation, cooking, and serving food

  • Working with commercial kitchen equipment

  • Food handling and sanitization  Following and adapting recipes

  • Venue design

  • Team Work


  • Study the systems of a vehicle (brake, exhaust, suspension, electrical)

  • General maintenance

  • Detailing

  • Tire changing, rotation, and  balancing 

  • Oil changes 

  • Welding

  • Repair and replace motors


  • Professional selling skills

  • Cashier Skills

  • Store displays

  • Stocking and inventory

  • Clothing store

  • On the job training in community and school stores

Building Systems:

  • Construction/Landscaping

  • Heating/Plumbing/Electrical

  • Operating wood mill

  • Related to these trades: Tools & materials; Labor codes and inspection; Job costing and budget

Facts About CEP:

  • Students complete all provincial requirements and graduate with a Nova Scotia high school diploma. (18 credits)

  • CEP students can be enrolled in academic Math and English.

  • Students graduate with their peers and are involved in all aspects of high school life

  • Students will be eligible to participate in a co-op placement

  • Students have opportunity for apprenticeship hours

  • Students can go to a post-secondary institution, ex. NSCC

  • Students have the opportunity for additional certification in WHIMIS, First Aid and Food Handling.

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