Beginning in 2014, Lakeshore School Division embarked on a project to create an alternative program that focuses on offering a fuller vocational/career experience to students. The LEGO program stands for Lakeshore Educational Growth Opportunities and allows individuals between the ages of 16 and 21 who need additional career training and who would benefit from a hands-on approach to learning to have an intensive study period in order to:
- Explore new career opportunities in an area of interest
- Gain high school credits
- Make connections with employers
- Know what steps are needed to achieve life goals
- Understand what post-secondary options are available
- Practice healthy lifestyle choices
- Build employability skills
The LEGO program is divided into fall and winter semesters that coincide with the School Division calendar. In each semester there are eleven weeks of programming as well as breaks. Please refer to the online Divisional calendar for a further breakdown of the weeks.
September to October
From the beginning of September until mid-October, participants who are currently working towards their high school diploma will focus on completing an individualized plan to further their education. This plan will be developed between local school administration, the LEGO program director and the participant. Participants who have completed their high school requirements will not be required to take part in this portion of the program.
1st week of the fall semester
The first week of the program will be based at an alternative camp setting in the Whiteshell or Kenora area. The focus of this first week will be on classroom sessions that cover a number of employment related topics and build essential skills required to be successful in work environments. A combination of computer, written, and hands on activities will be used to achieve these goals.
2nd and 3rd weeks of the fall semester
The focus of these two weeks will be for individuals to get hands on experience working together as a group at various work placements. Potential partnerships include Habitat for Humanity building houses and Winnipeg Harvest. First aid training will also be provided during these two weeks in order to have participants certified prior to individual work placements.
November through January
For the remaining eight weeks of programming, participants will be matched with co-operating employers who will provide on the job, hands on work. Participants will spend evenings and nights at Camp Manitou near Winnipeg and will be transported to and from their work placements by Lakeshore staff. Tuesday through Fridays will be spent with co-operating employers and Mondays will be spent at camp completing employment related assignments. Participants will follow the school division calendar and will have two weeks off at Christmas as well as a one-week break.
February through May
The second session will include a two-week partnership with Habitat for Humanity where participants will have the opportunity to take part in an international work exchange to Central America. Before and after the trip, participants will do work placements in their home communities or in the Winnipeg area if they prefer. If a participant chooses to do their work experience in the Winnipeg area there will be no overnight supervision and participants will be responsible for their own accommodation. In the second session the group based employability skills classes will be bi-weekly and located near the participant’s home community. It will be the participant’s responsibility to arrange transportation to the sessions.
Interested in more information? If you are a potential program participant or an employer who would like to host a student please contact:
LEGO Program Director
Lakeshore School Division
Eriksdale, MB R0C 0W0
Contact Donald Nikkel