Career and Technology Studies

Career and Technology Studies

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CTS courses are taught in a module format where students are required to complete a number of tasks (Module Learner Expectations, MLE) in order to earn specific credits. Students may earn from 5 to 7 credits in each depending on their level of proficiency in the CTS courses.

Computer Courses

Salisbury offers three different types of computer classes. Computing Science focuses on computer programming using Python programming language. Computer Works focuses on installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventative maintenance and basic networking. Robotics focuses on Python coding language on a Raspberry Pi where students develop, program, and build robots to perform a specific task.

Computing Science

Computing Science 10

5 credits
Prerequisite: Recommended 70% in Grade 9 math

Students will be introduced to computer programming using the Python programming language and will learn some of the foundational theory of Computing Science. Students will apply their new programming skills to various problems involving text, graphics, and computation, including some virtual robotics challenges.

Computing Science 20

5 credits
Prerequisite: Recommended 60% in Computing Science 10

Students will extend their Python programming skills by learning about procedural programming techniques and more advanced data structures and algorithms. The Python-based portion of the course will culminate with a computer game design project. Students will also be introduced to web-based coding using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

Computing Science 30

5 credits
Prerequisite: Recommended 60% in Computing Science 20

Students will learn how to write programs using an object-oriented approach, in Python and in a second object-oriented language such as Java or C++. They will learn how to use recursion and will apply their programming skills to a self-directed programming project.
Many post-secondary programs in Alberta accept 5 advanced-level credits in Computing Science in fulfillment of admission requirements.


Robotics 10

5 credits

This course explores the captivating fields of electricity and electronics, presenting a wealth of future possibilities. Students will delve into coding, electrical principles, safety, wiring, energy generation and conversion. The instruction will be computer-based, allowing students to construct basic circuits and robots utilizing Raspberry Pi’s and Micro:bits.

Robotics 20, 30

5 credits
Prerequisite: Robotics 10 for Robotics 20

In the Robotics 20 and 30 classes, students will earn credits and learn the fundamentals of robotics and programming. They will gain experience with microcontrollers, sensors, actuators, and other components used in modern robotics. Students will design, build, and program a robot to compete in the First Tech Challenge. During the course and competitions students will build their technical skills, they will also develop important problem-solving and critical thinking skills as they work through real-world challenges as a team.


Construction Technologies

Building Construction introduces students to the principles and processes involved in construction and manufacturing industries. Emphasis is placed on safe and responsible operation of machines and equipment. This is a hands-on course that requires students to competently complete their projects and increase their knowledge and skill level. Students pursuing careers in construction, industrial or interior design, or engineering are encouraged to register.

Construction Technologies

Construction Technologies 10

5 credits

Construction Technologies 10 is an introductory course for those that enjoy woodworking, construction and wish to sample a woodworking course or wish to further their woodworking and construction skills.

The course also includes the prerequisites for Construction Technologies 20 and 30 classes. Construction students will explore developing, reading basic drawing including using some computer assisted design and drawing, laying out the projects, hand and power tool use including the option of programming and using a CNC router. This is a much more comprehensive course than you may have taken in junior high.

Students wishing to pursue careers in Construction, Fabrication or Mechanical Trades, Architectural Technologies, Interior Decorating, or Renovation Careers should consider this course.

Construction Technologies 20

5 credits
Prerequisite: Construction Technologies 10

This course is offered for those who enjoy woodworking and wish to enhance their skills above the introductory high school level.

Students acquire and perfect skills in box, cabinet, door and drawer construction or choose from floor, wall, and roof framing. Students also perfect their hand tool, power tool and finishing skills.

Construction Technologies 30

5 credits
Prerequisite: Construction Technologies 20

This course is offered for those who wish to perfect their woodworking skills, are anticipating a career in any trade or just enjoy woodworking. Larger more complex projects are required including some special effects in woodworking. Some class project work, group or customer work may be required.

Cosmetology Studies

Interested in beauty? This course is for you. Cosmetology covers fundamental skills such as hair care, styling, makeup applications, skincare, and manicuring. As you advance through the course, you’ll delve into more advanced techniques like cutting and coloring. Whether you’re contemplating a future in hair care or esthetics, or simply looking to refine your skills, cosmetology is the perfect choice.


Cosmetology 10

5 credits

Cosmetology 10 is an introductory program designed to familiarize students with foundational hair and skin techniques. This course combines elements of both esthetics and hair care, offering exploration of hairstyling, skincare, nail care, and make application techniques. With a practical focus, this class equips students with skills applicable for everyday use at home. Upon successful completion of Cosmetology 10, students gain the option to further specialize by enrolling in either Cosmetology 20 or Esthetics 20. It’s important to note that students should choose to enroll in either Esthetics 10 or Cosmetology 10, but not both.

Cosmetology 20

5 credits
Prerequisite: Cosmetology Studies 10Cosmetology 20 serves as an intermediate program, expanding upon the foundational skills introduced in Cosmetology 10.

This course establishes a robust base for students aspiring to enter the field of cosmetology or for those keen on mastering fundamental skills such as ladies’ haircutting such as ladies’ haircutting, coloring, and advanced hairstyling techniques. Designed to build on prior knowledge, this course opens doors to specialized insights and advanced methods, ensuring that students develop a comprehensive skill set necessary to excel in the dynamic realm of cosmetology.

Cosmetology 30

5 credits
Prerequisite: Cosmetology Studies 20

Cosmetology 30, building upon the practical skills cultivated in Cosmetology 20, explores advanced techniques including men’s haircutting, coloring, corrective coloring, and hairstyling. The course places a strong emphasis on client services, ensuring that students acquire versatile skills applicable to a range of customer service industries. This advanced level of training is designed to elevate your expertise and prepare you for a dynamic career in the ever-evolving field of cosmetology.

Cosmetology 30 Advanced

Prerequisite: Cosmetology 30

This course is for aspiring hairstylists or individuals looking to enhance their skills in the beauty industry upon completion of Cosmetology 30. This course provides a structured path to fulfill the Alberta Hairstyling apprenticeship modules. Upon successful completion, students are equipped with the essential skills to seek apprenticeship positions in salons. Furthermore, it qualifies them to undertake the Provincial and Inter-provincial Examinations for Apprenticeship and Journeyman Trade Certification, opening doors to a recognized and certified career in hairstyling.


Esthetics is a specialized course dedicated to improving both the health and aesthetic appeal of the skin and nails. This all-encompassing program explores the principles and practices of skincare, with the goal of providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective beautification. This course will cover a range of topics, from mastering facial treatments to understanding the nuances of nail care, makeup application, and theatrical makeup.


Esthetics 10

5 credits

The beginner’s Esthetics course focuses on imparting fundamental skills, placing a strong emphasis on the significance of skincare and personal grooming. Students gain knowledge and proficiency in basic esthetics practices, fostering a more positive self-image. Beyond its practical applicability in daily routines, this course also serves as an introduction to a potential career in esthetics. Topics covered include skin care, nail care, body adornment, and an introduction to theatrical makeup.
It’s important to note that students should choose to enroll in either Esthetics 10 or Cosmetology 10, but not both. Upon successful completion of Esthetics 10, students have the option to progress to Esthetics 20.

Esthetics 20

5 credits
Prerequisite: Esthetics 10 or Cosmetology Studies 10

Expanding on the fundamental skills introduced in Cosmetology 10 and Esthetics 10, this course delves into advanced techniques in skincare, manicures, and makeup application. Students will enhance their proficiency in theatrical makeup, nail art, gel nails, as well as lash and brow tinting. This comprehensive approach broadens their skill set, providing a more in-depth understanding of both cosmetology and esthetics.

Esthetics 30

5 credits
Prerequisite: Esthetics 20

This advanced course places a strong emphasis on client-related services and advanced facial treatments, introducing students to techniques such as microdermabrasion and hydro-dermabrasion. The curriculum also covers theatrical makeup, incorporating prosthetics and airbrushing techniques. Students will further explore body therapy, hair removal, pedicures, nail enhancement, advanced theatrical makeup, and advanced gel nails. Additionally, the program provides insights into the esthetics and spa business, fostering the development of valuable client service skills applicable across various customer-related fields.

Esthetics 30 Advanced

5 credits
Prerequisite: Esthetics 30

After successfully completing the introductory, intermediate, and advanced esthetics courses, students have the opportunity to enroll in the Advanced Esthetics program. This program is designed to prepare them for assessment in both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, ultimately leading to the attainment of the Esthetics Program Certification.

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts Program is designed for students who wish to learn the science, skill, and art of cooking in Sal’s fully equipped commercial kitchen, with a Red Seal Teaching Chef. Students interested in pursuing a career in the culinary arts, baking or meat cutting have access to the Apprenticeship Program. Students may also compete in the Skills Canada competition, as well as the annual High School Culinary Challenge hosted by NAIT. Potential career paths include Chef, Baking/Pastry Chef, Food Chemist, Food Service Sales, Equipment Specialist, Nutritionist, Food Inspector, Business Manager.

Culinary Art

Culinary Arts 10

5 credits

Students design their own learning path through the selection of projects and recipes and prepare food for service. Some of the skills that are practiced and developed are: baking bread, cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes, pizza, pastries, soups, sauces, and stir fries. This class is a great opportunity to gain confidence, build experience, practice communication, teamwork, and organization.

Culinary Arts 20, 30

Prerequisite: Culinary Arts 10

The Advanced Culinary Arts courses are designed for students that display the highest degree of professionalism and interest in the culinary arts. We examine our food system Farm to Table, and engage in discussions of the environment, technology, culture, science, and social responsibility. Students will explore more difficult and time-consuming recipes. For example: macaroons, ice cream, French pastries & cakes, cheese making, ravioli, risotto, beef butchery, molecular gastronomy, and much more. Students involved in the apprenticeship program or, who absolutely love to cook are encouraged to take this course.


Design Tech

Design Tech is a versatile program that allows students to choose any combination of the following strands: photography (darkroom and digital), printing (screen printing, heat transfer, vinyl cutting), laser cutting and engraving, animations, audio/visual production, podcasting, web design, multimedia design, 3D design and graphics. Students may also choose to get involved with livestreaming of school events, and/or producing live studio broadcasts!

Design Tech

Design Tech

5 credits

After completing the first required module, students tailor their program to suit their interest. For example, a student who has a career goal to become a photographer could complete a number of photography credits to gain the knowledge, skills and portfolio required for entrance into a post-secondary program.

Environmental Studies

5 credits

Environmental Studies provides students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the social, economic, and political significance of environmental issues. Topics covered will include Climate Change, Composting, Living with the Environment, Natural Resource Management, Ethics and Politics, Consumerism and Conservation. Students will use what they have learned and will work together to design, build, and implement a whole class capping project geared towards Environmental Sustainability.


Do you love to work with your hands? Love to design. Learn new valuable skills as a hobby, or for a high paying career? Then the Sabre Heavy Metal Department is the place for you!
Have you heard of the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) design? We have a 4 x 4 ft. CNC plasma cutter that robotically cuts up to 1/2” thick metal. You will build your own custom signs and projects that you design. You will learn to safely use many of the tools that metal workers and artists use to build meaningful projects that you can take home. You will also learn how to safely uses 5 different types of welding processes, numerous machining techniques, a variety of cutting methods, as well as painting and general metalwork skills.
Students will learn many skills which could prepare them for a variety of high paying trade careers as well as careers in design and engineering. This is an amazing opportunity for students looking at entering the RAP (Registered Apprenticeship Program), this course is also a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn some great skills either as a hobby or a career while having fun.

Fabrication Studies

Fabrication Studies 10

5 credits

This introductory course teaches students basic skills in metalworking and introduces the diversity of careers available in the industry.

Fabrication Studies 20

5 credits
Prerequisite: Fabrications Studies 10

This intermediate course enhances students’ skills by introducing them to more complex methods of forming, shaping, and joining metal.

Fabrication Studies 30

5 or 10 credits
Prerequisite: Fabrication Studies 20

This advanced course continues to develop students’ skills, understanding, practice and new techniques on more complex projects.


Learning about nutrition and food preparation is an exciting and creative way to earn credits. Students choose from a variety of modules that focus on personal skills and preparation techniques that leads to the creation of meals, snacks and desserts. Course offered are Foods 10, 20 and 30.


Foods 10

5 credits

Foods 10 is a hands-on course that helps students boost their cooking and baking skills. It covers everything from food safety to nutrition and cooking techniques. Students learn to use different kitchen tools and can choose modules focusing on personal skills and meal preparation. The goal is to make students self-reliant in food prep, meal planning, and improve knife cutting skills with a strong emphasis on safety and sanitation.

Foods 20, 30

5 credits
Prerequisite: Foods 10

In Foods 20 and 30, students spend more time in the kitchen, tackling challenging recipes. The course builds on skills learned in Foods 10, emphasizing the link between wellness and nutrition. Students also pick up resource management for food prep and reinforce safe practices. In addition, you will identify and develop employability skills and attitudes needed to be successful in future workplace environments.


Mechanics is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop safe work habits and the basic skills needed to work in an Automotive Service Shop. Whether you are planning a career in the industry or simply want to be an informed owner, Mechanics is an excellent opportunity for all students. Courses offered are Mechanics 10, 20, 20 Extended and 30, 30 Extended.


Mechanics 10

5 credits

Mechanics 10 is designed to provide students with an introduction to the automotive trade. Students complete introductory modules such as Basic Tools and Materials, Engine Fundamentals, Vehicle Service and Care, Ride and Control Systems, Mechanical Systems, and Buying and Selling Vehicles.

Mechanics 20, 30

5 or 10 credits
Prerequisite: Mechanics 10

Mechanics 20/30 is an introduction to the First Year Automotive Service Technician Program (AST) offered by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Classes are composed of both grade 11 and 12 students. There is a total of 15 ASA modules that are broken into five modules per semester. Upon successful completion of all 15 ASA modules, students have the opportunity to write the First Year AST Apprenticeship Exam. Students also perform a wide variety of service and repair work on customer vehicles in order to develop industry-standard work habits and procedures. Students also gain valuable hands-on experience. All ASA modules are 30-level.