Through CTF programs, students can immerse themselves in career options while making connections in their community. CTF programs encourage flexibility and focus on personalized, real-life scenarios.
CTF courses help prepare students for Career & Technology Studies (CTS) courses at the senior high level, but they’re not prerequisites.
How does CTF fit for my students?
- CTF is intended to fit you and your classroom. You may implement it as an independent program, integrate it with other curricula, or do a little of both.
- CTF programming starts and finishes when it works in your students’ schedules.
- Not sure what type of programming to offer? Consider what you’re already doing—in addition to basing CTF programming off of CTS, look at current extracurriculars such as yearbook production, service clubs, or a school “news” broadcast. Or, consider your own skill set as a teacher.
- AlbertaCTF.ca – Developed by The Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC), AlbertaCTF is the de facto hub of everything CTF in Alberta. It includes CTF FAQs, challenge idea guides, lesson plans, and handouts.
- Alberta Education – Career and Technology Foundations – Alberta Ed’s CTF page includes resources for parents and educators like implementation models, planning templates, assessments, and more.
- CTEC – Career and Technology Education Council – CTEC, a council through the Alberta Teachers’ Association, offers opportunities for teachers to further their own education in CTF and CTS.
- Everything You’ve Want to Know About Career & Technology Foundations (CTF) – This Sway presentation by Edmonton Catholic Schools’ CTF/S Consultant John Nedd showcases modelling options for implementing CTF at your school.
- LearningNetworkCommunity – This CTF Support Wiki includes resources and a gallery of past challenges created by CTF teachers.
- Yammer – Share your own work and ideas while meeting educators across the province—the Career and Technology Foundations community on Yammer is a network built to help support educators in implementing CTF. Educators interested in joining Yammer can send a request to Dave McCann, Team Leader, Career and Technology Foundations (CTF), Albert Education.
- Christie Borle – ADLC CTS/PEC Department Head and Senior High CTS Teacher. In addition to heading up the CTS/PEC department, Christie teaches CALM and Hunting & Game Management at ADLC.
- Gary Frederickson – ADLC Senior High CTS Teacher and Learning Network Liaison. Gary has been involved in distance learning in Alberta and Saskatchewan for over 20 years. Since Gary began teaching with ADLC in 2006, he has been a CTS Teacher and CTS Department Head.
- If you’ve got a CTF project you’d like to share, or would like to be connected to other members of the CTF Community, get in touch with Gary.
- Frank McCallum – ADLC Principal. Frank holds bachelors’ degrees in Physics and Education and a master’s in Distance Education. Frank has been teaching for over 20 years in outreach and distance education environments.
- Margareta Hinrichsen – ADLC Senior High CTS Teacher and CTEC Executive Member. Margareta has a strong background in financial management, and teaches Senior High CTS courses at ADLC on business, personal financial management, accounting, communication technology, management and marketing, and more. Margareta has also studied Business Education, and is well-versed in the areas of Legal Studies, as well as Tourism and Entrepreneurship. Margareta currently sits on the Career and Technology Educational Council as the Council’s Treasurer.
David McCann and Danielle Amerongen, CTF Leaders at Alberta Education, encourage contact from the field.
- Danielle Amerongen – Team Leader, Career Technology Studies/Career and Technology Foundations (CTS/CTF), Career/Off-Campus Curriculum, and Dual Credit, French Language Education Services. Danielle joined Alberta Education in 2011 after many years as a teacher and administrator in French Immersion schools. As part of the CTF, team she has collaboratively worked with educational partners to develop, refine, and validate the CTF Program of Studies, with a focus on guiding Francophone school authorities with the implementation of CTF.
- David McCann – Team Leader, Career and Technology Foundations (CTF), Alberta Education. Since joining Alberta Education in the summer of 2012, the CTF team has collaboratively worked with educational partners to develop, refine, and validate the CTF Program of Studies. Dave’s educational experiences span Grades 2 to 10, administration, and Canada’s Arctic, South America, and Africa.
Other CTF Contacts
- John Nedd – Curriculum Consultant, Career & Technology Foundations & Studies for the Edmonton Catholic School District. John works with teachers and administrators in implementing CTF&S programs. John has worked with ECSD as an educator since 1996, and has taught a wide of variety of curricula at the Division II & III levels. John was seconded to Alberta Education as part of the team that developed CTF and rewrote CTS courses. John is passionate about using Career & Technology Education and Design Thinking as a lever to build student engagement and success in K-12 education and beyond.
In this recorded webcast from ADLC’s May 2016 Forecast event, watch as our panel of guests—including Jason Wiks, David McCann, and Danielle Amerongen—describe CTF Implementation and the key differences between CTF and Career and Technology Studies (CTS), in addition to offering advice on how to get CTF running in your classroom.
Fox Creek Experiential Learning Week
In partnership with Shell Canada, Northern Lakes College, and Northern Gateway Public Schools, Fox Creek School held an Experiential Learning Week for their students to try out different career options based on their interests that weren’t otherwise covered at their school.