The fundamental purpose of the technological education program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enhance their ability to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, postsecondary education or training, and daily life.
Technological innovation influences all areas of life, from the daily lives of individuals to the work of business and government, to interactions on a global scale. It helps meet basic human needs and provides tools for improving people’s lives and exploring new frontiers. Technological education in Ontario enables students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.
Communications technology courses are project-based and will provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills required to design, use, and manage electronic, live, recorded, and graphic communications systems, specifically in the areas of TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media and animation. These courses will help students understand the effects of communications technology on the environment and society.
Technological design courses provide students with a variety of learning experiences that focus on the practical application of the principles of engineering, architecture, and design. These activity-based courses emphasize problem solving to meet design challenges in a wide range of areas, which may include architectural design, interior design, mechanical and industrial design.
Transportation technology courses provide students with opportunities to understand transportation systems from the perspective of either the consumer or the service provider. The range of courses enables students to study both vehicle ownership and vehicle maintenance, and to develop skills and prepare for careers in the servicing and repair of vehicles.
Manufacturing is the transformation of materials into products to meet human needs and wants. Manufacturing technology courses provide students with opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills in the areas of mechanical engineering, robotics and control systems, computer-aided manufacturing, industrial maintenance, precision machining, welding, and sheet metal.
Hospitality and tourism education provides both a hands-on and a theoretical approach to learning. Students will have opportunities to develop essential food preparation and presentation skills; will learn about event planning and marketing, customer relations and management; and will examine the cultural and economic forces that drive tourism trends. Students will gain experience with equipment and procedures commonly used in their particular sectors of interest, and will comply with health and safety regulations and standards that govern the various sectors in the tourism industry.
The business studies program will build a strong foundation for those who wish to move on
to further study and training in specialized areas such as management, international business, marketing, accounting, information technology, computer applications, or entrepreneurship.
It will also provide practical skills for those who wish to move directly into the world of business.
Engaging in the world of business involves studying individuals and communities, assessing their needs and problems, and generating solutions. Consequently, business studies must draw upon various other fields of study and apply related concepts and knowledge. For example, close links exist between marketing and communications, accounting and mathematics, entrepreneurial studies and technology, international business and world studies, and organizational studies and studies of society and human nature. Students will also be able to transfer the knowledge and skills they acquire in business studies to their study of other areas, such as technology, mathematics, science, and languages.
These courses introduce students to computer programming. Students will plan and write computer programs by applying fundamental programming concepts with a focus on game design using modern programming languages. Students will also investigate the social impact of computer technologies, and develop an understanding of environmental and ethical issues related to the use of computers.