MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent



The list of optional courses vary from school to school. Your child's choices of optional courses may:

  • offer additional academic support (ex. Grade 9 Transitional Mathematics)
  • complement his/her personal and academic interests
  • may reinforce and support his/her career choices


A variety of technical vocational programming, from Automotive Technology to Culinary Arts, is offered in different schools throughout the province. To obtain a Senior Years Technology Education diploma, students are required to earn 8 approved compulsory technical vocational credits (from an approved cluster) in addition to the 16 compulsory English Program credits.

Not all Manitoba high schools offer the Technology Education Program and, where it is offered, the programming will vary from one school to another. You can find a full list of Senior Years Technology Education programs in the Subject Table Handbook: Technology Education.

To meet the graduation requirements, students must also earn a minimum of 6 credits from optional courses such as:

  • Language Arts (additional courses for credit)
  • Mathematics (additional courses for credit)
  • Social Studies (additional courses for credit)
  • Science (additional courses for credit)
  • French
  • Other Languages
  • The Arts
    • Visual arts
    • Music
    • Drama
    • Dance
  • Career Development
  • Technology Education
    • Technical Vocational Education
    • Home Economics
    • Business and Marketing Education
    • Industrial Arts/Technology Education
    • High School Apprenticeship Program
  • Other courses initiated by the school or student including post-secondary credits (dual credits), Cultural Exploration SIP or Community Service SIP

Students must complete a minimum of two Grade 11 credits and two Grade 12 credits within the approved technical vocational programming.


The High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) lets students start an apprenticeship while still in high school. It links regular Senior Years school instruction with on-the-job apprenticeship training.

To start apprenticeship training in a trade while attending high school, Grade 11 or Grade 12 students must be at least 16 years old. They can earn a maximum of eight credits toward graduation while collecting apprenticeship hours that can be used towards continued apprenticeship training after high school graduation.

For more information on Senior Years Technology Education and the High School Apprenticeship Program, contact the school guidance counsellor or visit the Senior Years Technology Education page.