Curriculum (as prescribed by Mels)

*CFER Heritage is delivering the exact same curriculum as the MELS Pre-Work Program.  However, the business setup is helping us providing a stonger preparation for the job market, a better pedagogical approach and a more concrete way to link academics to real life experiences.

English Language Arts

The three competencies are:

C1: Uses language / talk to communicate and to learn

C2: Reads and listens to written, spoken and media texts

C3: Produces written, spoken and media texts

This program is centred in the connection between the students' needs as future workers and their needs as people living in a complex world.


Français, Langue Seconde

Les trois compétences sont: 

C1: Interagir en français

C2: Lire des textes variés en français

C3: Produire des textes variés en français

Ce programme prend appui sur les compétences langagières développées au primaire et au premier cycle du secondaire.  Il se distingue des programmes qui le précèdent, car il met davantage l'accent sur la communication orale, plus présente et plus utile dans le monde du travail auquel se destinent les élèves concernés.  


The three competencies are: 

C1: Solves a situational problem

C2: Uses mathematical reasoning

C3: Communicates by using mathematical language

By the end of the program, students will have exercised their mathematical competencies at home, in the workplace or in their recreational activities.  For example, they will need to have learned to solve transportation problems involving space, distance, time, cost, etc.  During practicums, they will have applied and consolidated competencies that should enable them to hold a job. 


Autonomy and Social Participation

The three competencies are: 

C1: Demonstrates autonomy in everyday situations

C2: Takes an informed position on everyday issues

C3: Participates in community life

The Autonomy and Social Participation program promotes students’ overall development.It is designed to help young people,on the brink of adulthood,acquire the tools they will need to meet their needs on their own, to live in harmony with themselves and with others, and to make their contribution to society.

Preparation for the Job Market

The three competencies are: 

C1: Establishes his / her personal and occupational profile

C2: Gains an understanding of the job market

C3: Carries out a sociovocational integration plan

This class is intended to enable students to make a smooth transition between school and the job market.  It is important to make students aware of the dynamic and changing quality of the job market and to help them realize that there are many ways of entering it.  They must learn to manage the different steps involved in a personalized planning process, to adapt to change, and to face difficult or unforeseen circumstances likely to occur at work.  


Geography, History and Citizenship Education

The two competencies are: 

C1: Builds a sense of belonging to his / her home territory

C2: Builds a sense of belonging to Québec society

This class combine two subjects, Geography and HIstory.  Geography focus on the spatial dimension, allowing students to understand the human-space relationship and realize that communities settle in territories that they then develop and modify to suit their needs, values and culture.  History and Citizenship focuses on the temporal dimension, allowing students to learn and understand the roots of present-day life and the processes of social change.  In other words, they will learn to understand the present by looking at the past.  


Physical Education and Health Program

The three competencies are:

C1: Performs movement skills in different physical activity settings

C2: Interacts with others in different physical activity settings

C3: Adopt a healthy, active lifestyle


Technological and Scientific Experimentation (Year 1 only)

The three competencies are: 

C1: Seeks answers or solutions to scientific or technological problems

C2: Makes the most of his / her knowledge of science and technology

C3: Communicates in the languages used in science and technology

This class covers a range of situations that enable students to find answers to questions about their everyday environment; to create, understand and handle technological tools; and to understand how certain scientific discoveries or technological innovations have helped improve living conditions at home, at school and in the workplace.  


Introduction to the World of Work (Year 1 only)

The three competencies are:

C1: Understands the requirements of different work situations

C2:  Performs tasks associated with different work situations

C3: Adopts attitudes and behaviours appropriate to different work situations

The job market is complex and involves numerous requirements that students should be familiar with if they want to be adequately prepared for it. The Introduction to the World of Work program enables students to become familiar with the characteristics and obligations of the working world and to begin developing the competencies they will need as workers, all within the school setting. By performing simulated workrelated tasks in a variety of areas, the students learn to understand themselves better, become committed to various work situations, understand what is required of them, and adopt the social behaviours needed to successfully enter the work force. This program also enables students to identify their interests and skills, which will help them choose practicums that suit their needs.

Work Skills (Year 2 in our CFER business, Year 3 as a stage outside of the school)

The two competencies are: 

C1: Develops specific competencies associated with one or more semiskilled trades

C2: Adopts attitudes and behaviours required in the workplace

It is the stage class.  The aim of it is to help students construct their occupational identity, adopt behaviours and attitudes required in the workplace and foster their gradual integration into the work force, by offering them the opportunity to develop work-related competencies in actual work force, by offering them the opportunity to develop work-related competencies in actual work settings.  They will also gain a better understanding of employers's requirements and their need for competent, reliable workers.  This class is a continuation of the Introduction to the World of Work taught in Year 1.