Chelmsford Valley District Composite School (C.V.D.C.S.)
Chelmsford, ON P0M 1L0
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Chelmsford Valley District Composite School (C.V.D.C.S) is a proud community school which offers a variety of programs to respond to a range of talents and interests. In addition to regular English and French Immersion Programs, C.V.D.C.S. offers a Specialist High Skills Major Program in Health and Wellness.
Specialist High Skills Major in Health and Wellness
C.V.D.C.S. runs the Specialist High Skills Major in Health and Wellness. A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) enables students to customize their high school experience to suit their interests and talents, to meet the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and to gain sector identified preparatory skills and knowledge to make informed career decisions. The program also promotes healthcare students by offering viable career opportunities. Part of the SHSM includes co-op and experiential opportunities that connect students to the industry.
Health Care & Medical Technologies Services
The Health Care and Medical Technologies Services Program offers students practical applications via hands on activities (i.e. physical assessment, auscultation of lungs, range of motion lab, etc.); the use of visual aids to enhance theoretical learning (i.e. learning anatomy and physiology through various scale models, flash cards, analyzing disease pathology video and case studies, etc.); using simulators to help students acquire extensive competencies in the Health Services from a wide array of careers such as lab technician, dental assistant/hygienist, nursing (i.e. identifying normal and abnormal ranges of blood pressure, physical limitations simulation suit for sensory decline in older adults lab etc.)
The real-life experiences support literacy and numeracy development while allowing students to explore all aspects of healthcare and medical technologies as well as study the implementation of the Aboriginal perspective in Health Care.
Hair and Aesthetics Lab
C.V.D.C.S. has a Hair and Aesthetics Lab for students. For this program, students gain skills in hairstyling and aesthetics that meet industry standards.
The classroom is set up as an actual hair and aesthetics salon, complete with hair styling tools, workstations, facial beds, pedicure chair, wash basin, and stand-alone hair dryer as well as skin care and cosmetics products. Students identify trends in the hairstyling and aesthetics industry, describe scientific and physical processes used in beauty services, learn to respect environmental, health safety laws, and explore career opportunities.
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