Technology Department


Technological Education courses provide students with opportunities to develop hands-on, transferable skills, while exploring various career sectors that exist in an ever-growing work world. Students complete projects to develop and apply practical and problem-solving skills using industry-standard tools, machines, and software. Tech courses prepare students for the workplace or further studies at the post-secondary level, including apprenticeship. Students may choose to enhance their Technological Education studies by completing an SHSM program and/or a Cooperative Education program.
 

WNSS Technological Education Teachers:

Carrie Thwaites, Technology Program Leader
Claudio Marchese, Hospitality & Tourism Program Leader
Laura Bardoel-Reagan
Terry Barrette
David Delaney
Nicole Desmond
Vlad Dobrovolski
Mark Elgersma
Steve Huisman
Larry Favotto
Mark Klaric
Dave Klingbile
Glenn Martens
Holly Miller
Lisa Perino
Clarke Perry
Katie Primeau
Kelly Sueter
Matt West

Follow West Niagara Technology on Social Media

@WNSS_Tech on Instagram
@Thwaites_Tech on Twitter (C.Thwaites)

West Niagara Comm Tech Crew on YouTube
@WNSS_Tech
on Twitter (L. Favotto)

Areas of Study:

Grade 9 - Exploring Technologies
  • TIJ1O - Exploring Technologies allows students to explore various skilled trades and technologies sectors through hands-on projects applying tools, machines, and computers
  • TEJ1O - Computer Technology focus course
  • TXJ1O - Hairstyling and Aesthetics focus course

 
Communications Technology  (Course Codes: TGJ and TGV)
  • TGJ2O - Grade 10 (Introduction to the various areas of Comm Tech) 
  • TGV3M & 4M - Video and Audio Production Focus Course
  • TGJ3M & 4M - Graphic Design and Animation Emphasis

Computer Studies (Course Code: ICS)
  • Coding, gaming, and programming languages
  • Apply logical and critical thinking skills
  • Build a foundation for success in computer-based postsecondary programs

Computer Technology and Engineering (Course Code: TEJ)
  • Computer systems, networking, interfacing, electronics, robotics
  • Assemble, repair, and configure computers
  • Build circuits and write computer programs

 
Construction (Course Code: TCJ)
  • Carpentry, residential and commercial construction processes
  • Using tools and machines, design and problem-solving skills to build projects out of wood
  • Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program Option

Green Industries (Course Code: THJ)
  • Agriculture, floristry, forestry, horticulture, and/or landscaping
  • Plant propagation and greenhouse maintenance
  • Biodiversity, environmental sustainability, and natural versus artificial products

 
Hairstyling and Aesthetics (Course Code: TXJ)
  • Work in a salon/spa environment providing services for a diverse clientele.
  • Focus on careers such as hairstylist, aesthetician, nail technician, or make-up artist.
  • Use professional materials and equipment and practise current techniques and terminology.

 
 Health Care (Course Code: TPJ)
  • Health assessments, promotion, and disease prevention
  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
  • Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program Option - Health and Wellness

 
Hospitality and Tourism (Course Code: TFJ)
  • Food preparation and presentation
  • Event planning, marketing, customer relations, and inventory management
  • Tourism administration and management

 
Technological Design (Course Code: TDJ)
  • Architectural and Mechanical CAD (Computer-Aided Design)
  • Design problem-solving through hands-on projects
  • Building prototypes

Manufacturing and Welding (Course Codes: TMJ and TMW)
  • Precision machining and welding skills development
  • Using lathes, mills, CNC, and other machines and tools to make projects out of metal
  • Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program Option

Transportation (Course Code: TTJ)
  • Automotive service, diagnostics, and repair
  • Exploring various areas of the Transportation sector
  • Practical hands-on activities using a variety of industry tools

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Special Programs, Activities and Resources

Comm Tech Crew

Calling all Content Creators! This club provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply media production skills in areas like Graphic Design, Podcasting, Videography, and Editing. Come collaborate, create, and connect our school community with the Comm Tech Crew. See Mrs. Thwaites for details about the opportunities below:
  • Videographers (Football Games)

Robotics Club

Robotics Club allows students to explore the design, fabrication and operation of robots. Students develop and apply manufacturing, computer programming, and problem solving skills to build and program robots that can complete specific tasks.

Specialist High Skills Major

The new Specialist High Skills Major a ministry approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector (eg. Construction, Hospitality and Tourism, Manufacturing, Transportation, Communications) while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). LEARN MORE

Skills Challenges

Participation in the DSBN Skills Challenges provides students with the opportunity to represent their schools and to test their skills against students from across the district. LEARN MORE

DSBN Technology Site