Opportunities for High School Students

During the COVID-19 pandemic our priority is keeping our students and staff healthy and safe.

For high school students looking for an alternative to face-to-face classroom instruction, we offer courses for grades 10, 11 and 12 from the comfort of your very own home.

Below you will see the Course Listing for High School Students. Find your best course of action today!

Online learning is the perfect solution. Our expert instructors provide high quality teaching using various delivery methods including video conferencing.

Portage College would like to welcome you to our vast selection of college opportunities. Entire programs, single course enrolments, to college camps, we have a perfect product for your learning needs.

Take a look at the booklet below for opportunities waiting for you!

Opportunities for High School Students - link to booklet

Dual Credit

Dual Credit provides opportunities for high school students to earn both high school and post-secondary credits at the same time.

To learn about Portage College’s Dual Credit opportunities, contact a Student Advisor today!

Dual credit can help students to:

  • start on their post-secondary education while still in high school
  • transition smoothly into post-secondary studies or start employment
  • may complete post-secondary with less financial debt

Student are responsible to purchase the necessary course text materials. To be eligible for enrollment, students must either have completed English 30 with a minimum of 60% or be currently enrolled in English 30 with a minimum 70% in English 20.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Please check with your high school to confirm they will accept and give you credit for the courses listed below. Some agreements with certain high schools will vary.

Opportunities for High School Students Course Selections

  • BIOLOGY 20

    Course ID: BIOL020

    Name: BIOLOGY 20

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    This course will deal with the biosphere, cellular matter and energy flows, matter and energy exchange in the ecosystems, and matter and energy exchange by the human organism. Students investigate the tremendous impact of science and technology on society and, at the same time, become aware of the roles and limitations of biology, science in general and of technology in problem solving in a societal context.

  • BIOLOGY 30

    Course ID: BIOL030

    Name: BIOLOGY 30

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Students obtain an understanding of systems of change in human organisms, reproduction and development, cells, chromosomes and DNA, as well as change in population and communities. The impact and limitations of science and technology on society is also an integral part of this course.

  • CHEMISTRY 20

    Course ID: CHEM020

    Name: CHEMISTRY 20

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The major scientific concepts developed in this course focus on acids, bases, gases, quantitative relationships in chemical changes, chemical bonding, and organic chemistry. In addition, Chemistry 20 explores the nature of science itself and develops the relationships between science, technology, and society.

  • CHEMISTRY 30

    Course ID: CHEM030

    Name: CHEMISTRY 30

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The major scientific concepts developed in this course examine thermochemical changes and electrochemical changes in acids and bases. Chemistry 30 also explores the nature of science itself and develops the relationships between science, technology, and society.

  • CORRESPONDENCE

    Course ID: INF2090

    Name: CORRESPONDENCE

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students enhance their personal use keyboarding competencies by increasing the rate of accurate touch keystroking of the alphabetic, numeric and selected punctuation keys by creating mailable documents.

  • DIGITAL PRESENTATION

    Course ID: INF1070

    Name: DIGITAL PRESENTATION

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    This course allows the students to use hypermedia (presentation) tools. Students develop basic skills with tools used for computerized presentations involving text, data, graphics, sound and animation. Students may use Adobe Illustrator software and Microsoft PowerPoint.

  • DIVERSITY AWARENESS

    Course ID: DIAW101

    Name: DIVERSITY AWARENESS

    Hours: 3

    Credits: 0

    This introductory course is designed to allow the learner to develop an appreciation of the value of diversity within our culture. A unique combination of video and animation sets the path of exploration through a fictitious company. The interactive learning environment is designed for learner engagement and participation.

  • JOB MAINTENANCE

    Course ID: CTR2010

    Name: JOB MAINTENANCE

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students acquire knowledge about workplace requirements, rights and responsibilities and relate this knowledge to personal career/employment expectations.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10-2

    Course ID: ELA10-2

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English 10-2 is designed to concentrate on the development of language arts’ strategies and skills to strengthen student use of language and understanding of text. The emphasis in this course is on verbal and non-verbal communication. It will focus on the examination of the five basic components of communication with an emphasis on developing reading speed/comprehension and writing accuracy/fluency. Students study short stories, essays, poems, novels and plays.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20-1

    Course ID: ELA20-1

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20-1

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English Language Arts 10-1and 20-1 are replacements for English 10 and 20 and reflect similar standards. English Language Arts 10-1 is intended for students who demonstrate strength in their use of language and their understanding of print and non-print texts. Emphasis in these courses is on literature studies. These courses prepare students for English Language Arts 30-1, which is intended for students who wish to enrol in degree programs at post-secondary institutions following graduation.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20-2

    Course ID: ELA20-2

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English Language Arts 20-2 is designed to concentrate on the development of language arts’ strategies and skills to strengthen student use of language and understanding of text. The emphasis in this course is on verbal and non-verbal communication skills. This course augments a learner’s competence in the five basic areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with an emphasis on understanding and producing writing in common genres such as essays, summaries, and business letters. Students will edit and revise writing, study short stories, drama, poetry, non-fiction, novels, film and media. This course prepares students for the English Language Arts 30-2 course which is intended for students who wish to enroll in a diploma or certificate program at a post-secondary institution or who wish to enter the labour force following graduation.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-1

    Course ID: ELA30-1

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-1

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English 30-1 is a five-credit course designed for students who wish to master the composition skills necessary for an analytical approach to literature (as emphasized in college/university programs). It examines the traditional literary genres and also explores visual media. This course challenges students to deal with abstract concepts with sophistication. Students analyze short stories, non-fiction, poetry, drama, the novel, film and media.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-2

    Course ID: ELA30-2

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English 30-2 is a five credit course with a functional orientation emphasizing clear skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing. Students undertake communication activities as they study short stories, non-fiction, poetry, modern and Shakespearean plays, films, and novels. This course helps prepare students for further training in college diploma programs or for situations they may encounter in the world of work. Students will study the novel, short stories, poetry and drama, and learn to represent ideas visually.

  • GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 20

    Course ID: GPSYCH020

    Name: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 20

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    General Psychology 20 provides a general background in psychology including the history of psychology, the principles of learning and thinking, along with various emotional problems and behavioural disorders.

  • JOB PREPARATION

    Course ID: CTR1010

    Name: JOB PREPARATION

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students develop successful employment search skills and a personal employment search portfolio.

  • KEYBOARDING

    Course ID: INF2020

    Name: KEYBOARDING

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students develop accurate touch keystroking of text and data (alphanumeric keyboarding competence reaching 30+ words per minute and numeric keyboarding competence reaching 100+ keystrokes per minute) appropriate for personal use and the application of efficient workstation procedures.

  • KEYBOARDING 1

    Course ID: INF1020

    Name: KEYBOARDING 1

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Mastery Level 1. Students develop accurate touch keystroking to text and data (alphanumeric keyboarding competence reaching 20+ words per minute and numeric keyboarding competence reaching 80+ keystrokes per minute) appropriate for personal use and the application of efficient workstation procedures.

  • MATHEMATICS PREPARATION 10

    Course ID: MAT1041

    Name: MATHEMATICS PREPARATION 10

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Math 10 Preparation is designed for students who wish to enroll in Applied or Pure Mathematics 10, but are not sufficiently prepared for these courses. Topics include exploration of numbers, number connections, patterns, polynomials, and shape and space. Technology is an integral part of Mathematics Preparation 10. Prerequisite - Math 003 with a 60% or consent of the department.

  • MATH 10C

    Course ID: MATH10C

    Name: MATH 10C

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Math 10C is designed to provide students with mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills. It prepares students to solve problems, communicate and reason mathematically, become mathematically literate, and make informed decisions as contributors to society. The goal of Math 10C is to provide a starting point to develop the attitudes, knowledge, skills and understandings needed for specific post-secondary programs or entry into the workforce. It prepares students for either the Math-1 or the Math-2 course sequence beginning at the grade 11 level. The topics included are measurement and trigonometry, polynomial factoring and operations, linear relations and functions, and systems of linear relations.

  • MATH 10-3

    Course ID: MATH10-3

    Name: MATH 10-3

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Mathematics 10-3 is a course which provides students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include algebra, geometry, measurement, trigonometry and finance. Math 10-3 prepares students to take Math 20-3.

  • MATH 20-2

    Course ID: MATH20-2

    Name: MATH 20-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The Mathematics 20-2 is a course which is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking to provide student with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that do not require the study of calculus. Topics include: measurement, geometry, number and logical reasoning, statistics, relations and functions, and a mathematical research project.

  • MATH 20-3

    Course ID: MATH20-3

    Name: MATH 20-3

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Mathematics 20-3 is a course which is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include measurement, geometry, numbers, algebra, and statistics.

  • MATH 30-2

    Course ID: MATH30-2

    Name: MATH 30-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Mathematics 30-2 is a course which emphasizes the needs of students to solve problems, communicate and reason mathematically, make connections between mathematics and its applications, become mathematically literate, appreciate and value mathematics and make informed decisions as a contributor to society.

  • PERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY 20

    Course ID: PPSYCH020

    Name: PERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY 20

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    Personal Psychology 20 gives students an understanding of the factors that contribute to personality and behavior, both their own and that of others. The nature of intelligence and perception and the influence of heredity and environment on the individual are also discussed.

  • PHYSICS 20

    Course ID: PHYS020

    Name: PHYSICS 20

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The Physics 20 program emphasizes the science themes: Change and Systems through a study of kinematics and dynamics; Energy and Equilibrium by examining uniform circular motion and mechanical energy, work and power; and Energy and Matter by investigating simple harmonic motion and mechanical waves. Physics 20 explores the nature of science itself and develops the relationships between science, technology, and society. Recommend that students have successfully completed Science 10 and Math 10A.

  • READING 15

    Course ID: READ15

    Name: READING 15

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    Reading 15 is a course, which is designed to concentrate on the development of language arts strategies and skills to strengthen student use of language and understanding of text. In Reading 15 students will engage with a wide range of texts including but not limited to those that they need to be able to read in order to hone the competencies necessary to achieve success in their courses across the curriculum and in their lives beyond school. This course emphasizes the importance of scaffolding to promote increasingly independent literacy practices. Students will receive orientation to reading habits, writing processes, oral communication, and thinking skills. Students will develop confidence and motivation to succeed in active reading in school and daily life.

  • REPORTS

    Course ID: INF2100

    Name: REPORTS

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students expand their rate of production as they prepare MLA and APA reports and manuscripts.

  • SCIENCE 10

    Course ID: SCIE010

    Name: SCIENCE 10

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The major science concepts developed in this course deal with matter and energy in chemical change, and in technological living, and global systems. In addition, Science 10 explores the nature of science itself and develops the relationships between science, technology, and society

  • SOCIAL STUDIES 30-1

    Course ID: SOCS30-1

    Name: SOCIAL STUDIES 30-1

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Students will explore the origins and complexities of ideologies and examine multiple perspectives regarding the principles of classical and modern liberalism. An analysis of various political and economic systems will allow students to assess the viability of the principles of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

  • SOCIAL STUDIES 30-2

    Course ID: SOCS30-2

    Name: SOCIAL STUDIES 30-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Students will examine the origins, values and components of competing ideologies. They will explore multiple perspectives regarding relationships among individualism, liberalism, common good and collectivism. An examination of various political and economic systems will allow students to determine the viability of the values of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

  • SPREADSHEET 1

    Course ID: INF1060

    Name: SPREADSHEET 1

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students have an opportunity to use basic functions and commands in spreadsheet software for general data manipulation and personal record keeping.

  • SPREADSHEET 2

    Course ID: INF2080

    Name: SPREADSHEET 2

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students have an opportunity to build advanced worksheets in spreadsheet software for data manipulation and personal record keeping. Students learn “how to” use spreadsheets as in applications such as Biology or Business.

  • WORD PROCESSING 1

    Course ID: INF1030

    Name: WORD PROCESSING 1

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students develop skills using basic commands and functions in word processing software, including document editing, formatting and printing.

  • WORD PROCESSING 2

    Course ID: INF2050

    Name: WORD PROCESSING 2

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students expand their skills with word processing software commands and functions to produce mailable reports, correspondence (including letters and memos) and tables from rough draft copy.

  • WORD PROCESSING 3

    Course ID: INF3060

    Name: WORD PROCESSING 3

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    The students use Microsoft Word as a tool to develop business letters, memos, letters of application, resumes, memorandums, business cards, business forms, technical charts and tables. This application-oriented learning approach has the students working towards “finished products” that they would encounter frequently in the business world.

  • WORKPLACE SAFETY PRACTICES

    Course ID: HCS3010

    Name: WORKPLACE SAFETY PRACTICES

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    HCS3010

  • WORKPLACE SAFETY SYSTEMS

    Course ID: HCS3000

    Name: WORKPLACE SAFETY SYSTEMS

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    HCS3000

  • COMPUTER SCIENCE CODING AND ROBOTICS

    Course ID: CSCR1010

    Name: COMPUTER SCIENCE CODING AND ROBOTICS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This class will challenge your problem-solving abilities, and equip you with an understanding of how some of the computer programs you use on a regular basis were made. In addition to building fundamental programming skills, you’ll be developing projects that have both digital and physical aspects, driven by a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, an Astro Pi Sense HAT (Hardware Attached on Top), and a set of basic robotics electronics components.

    Prerequisite: None

  • INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Course ID: ENTR105

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    Entrepreneurship is a Moodle supported course designed to assist students to evaluate the business skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture. Students will review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Through assessments and assignments, students will learn about themselves, explore their entrepreneurial idea, and determine how entrepreneurship can play a role in their lives. Additionally, students will be introduced to e-commerce, global and social entrepreneurship. Prerequisites: 60% in ELA 30-1

  • INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

    Course ID: PSYC104

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course is a general survey course providing the student with an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques of modern psychology as a behavioural science. Prerequisites: 60% in ELA 30-1

  • ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

    Course ID: ORGB193

    Name: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Organizational Behaviour is the study of what people think, feel and do in and around organizations. Organizational Behaviour is not just for managers; the concepts explored in this course are useful to anyone who works. This course builds student knowledge starting at an individual level, moving on to a team level, and finally finishing at the organizational level. Students will develop an understanding of how Organizational Behaviour concepts affect themselves and others, and how those impact the organization's bottom line. Prerequisites: English 30, English 30-1, English 30-2, or English 33

  • PERSONAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

    Course ID: HEED105

    Name: PERSONAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will introduce you to the physical, social, mental, occupational, emotional, environmental and spiritual dimensions of personal health and wellness. These dimensions are described within the context of the Canadian Health Care System and your own individual community. Topics include primary health care, nutrition, exercise, stress management, weight management, eating disorders, common health issues and their prevention. You will be expected to integrate knowledge of the seven dimensions of health and apply this knowledge to a self-analysis of your own health and physical fitness. Finally, you will incorporate change management theory to develop, implement and evaluate a personal wellness plan. The intent of this course is to promote a healthy lifestyle. By examining determinants of health, the current health care system, the seven dimensions of health and applying these concepts to your own lifestyle, you will be better equipped to function as role models and act as change agents for health promotion in your community. Prerequisites: 60% in ENG 30-1

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