School District Partnerships / ACE-IT - Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training
Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE-IT) is an Industry Training Authority (www.itabc.ca) funding process for school districts in the province of BC to set-up program delivery models for high school students with a post-secondary institution. ACE-IT funding from the Industry Training Authority has allowed school districts to organize partnership agreements with post-secondary institutions. Kwantlen Polytechnic University has a number of partnership agreements with a number of school districts in the lower mainland. The purpose of these partnerships is to allow students enrolled in high school courses (grade 11 or 12) to start or complete a post-secondary program prior to acquiring their grade twelve BC Dogwood Certificate. The majority of these partnership programs are trade related programs which will require students to register in an apprenticeship training component after completing the Kwantlen Polytechnic University program. Some partnership programs are training programs which will not require registration in an apprenticeship after completing the Kwantlen Polytechnic University program (ie. Drafting and Welding). Kwantlen Polytechnic University has provided school districts with two delivery models for high school students to complete these types of programs.
One delivery model allows the high school students to arrange their school timetable to provide full-time attendance at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Program lengths will vary from 20 to 40 weeks. Programs areas that provide this option are
- Millwright/Industrial Mechanics
- Parts & Light Warehousing
- Practical Horticulture
Students interested in enrolling in any of the above programs should contact their school counsellor, school career development facilitator or school district personnel in their school district.
The second delivery model has been organized in a structural way which provides the school district the opportunity to delivery the majority of the curriculum content for that program at an identified school within a school district. Setting up this model requires the school district to be involved in several organizational meetings and to work out a procedural agreement with the Kwantlen Polytechnic University program department. This delivery model will require students to attend a high school in their school district which is offering the post-secondary trade programs. Check with your school counselor, school career development facilitator or school district personnel to identify which trade programs have been set-up under this model and which high school provides that program. Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Squamish, Surrey and Richmond School Districts are involved in setting up delivery models of this nature. The following programs are available to high school students in the listed school districts below.
- Automotive Service Technician – Richmond, Delta, Langley and Surrey School Districts
- Carpentry – Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Squamish and Richmond School Districts
- Metal Fabrication – Maple Ridge School District
- Plumbing - Surrey School District
Once a student successfully completes a partnership program in either of the two model described above you will get credit for at least level one of the technical training component if the trade area you are enrolled in requires the completion of an apprenticeship. Refer to the Apprenticeship Training menu on this website to acquire additional information on apprenticeship issues. Program areas not requiring the completion of an apprenticeship are Drafting and Welding. Apart from acquiring ITA credit for the first level of technical training students will also acquire Kwantlen Polytechnic University course credits. Many of the above programs if completed successfully will provide students with a Kwantlen Polytechnic University Citation credential. Should students choose to return to Kwantlen Polytechnic University during their apprenticeship training period they may acquire a Certificate credential. Welding students returning for Level B & A technical training would acquire an advanced Certificate credential. After acquiring journeyperson qualifications an individual has an opportunity to do additional courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University which are optional credentials providing individuals with a Diploma and/or Degree.
Completing any of the above programs will provide students with a number of employable skills and technical skills. These skills will provide a greater opportunity for students to acquire work and a greater opportunity to start an apprenticeship. Partnership programs will provide students with a significant head start on your post-secondary education and a significant opportunity in starting an apprenticeship by the time you finish high school.
Acquiring additional information
Students requiring additional information can refer to a PowerPoint presentation or phone Enrolment and Registrar Services at 604.598.6000.
Trades and Technology ACE IT Transition Program
Students registering for ACE IT programs are encouraged to participate in the ACE IT Transition Program which includes a mini-conference to get you ready for your new learning environment.