Life After WIC
After completing Secondary 5, West Island College
Some of the most common pathways are:
- CEGEP: Many students in Quebec choose to attend a CEGEP (Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel) for two years, where they can explore various academic disciplines before transitioning to university. CEGEPs offer both pre-university and technical programs.
- Grade 12 Pre-University Program: In recent years, an increasing number of students have decided to pursue a Grade 12 option. This transitional program prepares students for a more direct path to university. Launching in August 2024 for current WIC students, WIC12 is a year-long, bilingual pre-university program that prepares students for success in university in Quebec, across Canada or internationally by emphasizing hands-on learning opportunities, real-world application, and practical skills development.
- US Prep School: Some students opt to attend US prep schools after completing secondary 5, aiming to prepare for admission to American colleges and universities. These schools offer rigorous academic programs, standardized test preparation, and guidance in the college application process, helping students bridge the gap between the Quebec education system and US higher education opportunities.
- International programs: Some graduating students may choose to build on their WIC Voyageur experience by continuing their studies abroad. In the past, several WIC students have enrolled in international schools in Switzerland, Italy and around the world.
- Vocational Training/Apprenticeships: For those interested in practical, hands-on skills, vocational training programs offer a pathway to careers in fields like healthcare, technology, and trades. In addition, Apprenticeship programs provide the opportunity to earn while learning, gaining practical experience in fields such as construction, plumbing, or electrical work.
It’s important for students and parents to research these options and make an informed decision that aligns with the student’s interests, strengths, and aspirations. West Island College’s Career Guidance Advisor is dedicated to helping students navigate these choices and the application process, providing guidance for a successful transition to their chosen pathway.