Memorial Composite
High School (10–12)

Career & Technology Studies

The Career and Technology Studies Program is a complemetary program that links theory and practice, associating and extending the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in academic courses within a practical, personally relevant context.

Communication Technology

Gives a basic exposure to five technologies used in the industry today: silk screening, desktop publishing, photography, and digital photography.

Communication 10 (5 credits)

In this introductory course students will cover:

  • Screen-printing (t-shirts, mirrors)
  • Digital Photography
  • Desktop publishing
  • Visual composition

Communication 20 (5 credits)

In this intermediate course students will cover:

  • Screen-printing (textile printing, multicolour photographic emulsion)
  • Photography
  • Desktop publishing
  • Digital Photography
  • Large format printing

Communication 30 (5 credits)

In this advanced course students will cover:

  • Screen-printing (textile printing, multicolour photographic emulsion)
  • Multi print design
  • Desktop imaging, digital photo, image manipulation
  • Customer service
  • Large format printing
  • Laser engraving

Construction Technology

Provides opportunities for students to investigate and develop knowledge and skills related to the building and manufacturing trades and occupations. 

Complete all three levels and you will have the basics necessary for pursuing a career in the trade or attend a post secondary institution.

Construction Technology 10 (5 credits)

This is a 5 credit course but students can earn additional credits in this class.

In this introductory level course students gain a greater knowledge of both building and manufacturing systems. Students will learn about cabinet making, finishing, and general construction techniques including:

  • Basic tools and production skills
  • Project planning and management
  • Solid stock construction
  • Wood turning equipment and techniques
  • Materials and their uses
  • Basic building construction techniques

Construction Technology 20 (5 credits)

In this intermediate course students will cover:

  • Furniture making
  • Framing systems
  • Cabinet making
  • Roof structures
  • Finishing and refinishing
  • Exterior finishing
  • Basic electrical and plumbing

Construction Technology 30 (5 credits)

In this advanced course students will cover:

  • Concrete work
  • Tool maintenance
  • Advanced framing system
  • Stair design and construction
  • Advanced roof framing and covering
  • Advance furniture and cabinet making


Introduces students to various methods of separating, joining, and shaping metals. Successful completion of module FAB1010 – Fabrication Tools & Materials is required before students may begin to work specific welding modules.

Fabrication 10 (5 credits)

In this course students cover:

  • Tools and materials (mandatory)
  • Basic electric welding (arc welding)
  • Oxy-acetylene welding
  • Semi-automated welding (mig & flux core welding)
  • Bar and tubular fabrication

Fabrication 20 (5 credits)

In this course students cover:

  • Oxy-fuel welding
  • Stick welding
  • Gas metal arc welding (mig welding)
  • Flux core arc welding
  • Custom fabrication (project design and fabrication)
  • Thermal cutting (plasma and Oxy-fuel)
  • CMC plasma cutting

Fabrication 30 (5 credits)

In this course students cover:

  • Arc welding 3
  • Arc welding 4
  • Gas metal arc welding 2
  • Flux core arc welding 2
  • Custom fabrication (projects)
  • Gas tungsten arc welding (TIG)
  • CNC plasma cutting
  • Aluminum welding  


Cosmetology is the ideal course whether you are interested in pursuing a career in this field, or just want to become more knowledgeable. 

Upon graduation, and with the support of an employer, a student may enter into the post-secondary apprenticeship program as a first period apprentice if he/she completes all three levels of cosmetology.

Cosmetology 10 (5 credits)

In this introductory course students cover:

  • Personal grooming
  • Long hair styling
  • Scalp and hair care
  • Short hair styling
  • Skin care
  • Manicuring

Cosmetology 20 (10 credits)

In this intermediate course students cover:

  • Long hair styling
  • Scalp and hair care
  • Short hair styling
  • Hair colouring
  • Colour removal
  • Chemical texturizing
  • Haircutting
  • Makeup

Cosmetology 30 (10 credits)

In this advanced course students cover:

  • Long hair graphics
  • Scalp and hair care
  • Hairstyling
  • Haircutting
  • Hair colouring
  • Hair removal
  • Client services 

Foods 10, 20, and 30 (3 or 5 credits)

Courses in Foods provide practical skills directed toward independent living. Current nutritional issues and trends are discussed as they relate to diet and disease. Basic knowledge and skills lead to further studies of gourmet, ethnic, and international cooking. These courses can lead a student to possible careers in the food services industry from a dietitian, to chef, to manager of a restaurant. Foods at the Grade 10, 11 and 12 levels is offered for 3 credits. At the Grade 11 and 12 levels, the course is also offered for 5 credits. 

Enrollment determines if course is offered.

Sports Medicine

As a complementary course, Sports Medicine offers a variety of credit possibilities at each level. Students will earn 5 credits or more credits with successful completion of the course. It is a recommended course for students interested in careers in sports medicine, physiotherapy, nursing, medicine, physical education, EMS or first aid. This course requires a dedicated studious effort to ensure success.

Sports Medicine 15 (5 credits)

The topics covered in this introductory course include the following: the care and prevention of athletic injuries, CPR Level A with AED, taping techniques, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and wellness.

Sports Medicine 25 (5 credits)

This course continues to explore the management of athletic injuries, the cardiovascular system and integrative health. Students will further their knowledge and skills of taping and wrapping the knee and ankle. A project module pertaining to sports medicine is also introduced in this course if students choose to train for our Athletic Teams.

Sports Medicine 35 (5 credits)

Sports Medicine 35 includes an introduction to rehabilitation techniques used in athletic training. The students will achieve an advanced understanding in the areas of recognition and management of athletic injuries, taping techniques and career opportunities pertaining to sports medicine. This course may also include a project that requires the students to apply their knowledge gained in the program to an athletic training experience.

Technology Based Courses

Microsoft Office Basic (3 credits)

This is an introduction to using Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and keyboarding. Students build fundamental skills to navigate through Microsoft Office software. This is a great option for students who want to learn the features of Microsoft Office without continuing on to certification.

Video Broadcasting and Editing

Master the art of communicating with video. Learn how and why different shots are combined to create powerful visual messages. Create commercials, short films and live video broadcasts. This is a very student-directed program. 

Memorial is looking for students who want to take part in:

  • Broadcasting school announcements
  • Broadcasting school sporting events
  • Producing video content for the school's TVs
  • Recording and editing Fine Arts performances

Video Broadcasting and Editing 10 (3 credits)

Learn the basics of video broadcasting and editing. Students will learn how the tricaster works to create live broadcasts, learn camera shots, video editing, and using a green screen. 

Projects include:

  • A live video broadcast
  • Creating various videos for the school, school division, or a video contest

Video Broadcasting and Editing 20 (5 credits)

Expanding on basic video editing skills, students learn the three parts of movies and broadcasts: Pre-production, production, and post production.

Projects include:

  • Video broadcasts
  • Edited news pieces
  • Using special effects
  • Edited videos / commercials

Video Broadcasting and Editing 20 (5 credits)

Students will master the skills of video broadcasting and editing. 

Projects include:

  • Video broadcasting
  • 30 minute film / show
  • A series of shorter videos
  • A combination of videos and broadcasts

Web 10 (3 credits)

Students are introduced to the basics of visual composition as it relates to web pages, the mark up language of the internet (HTML), industry software for creating web pages (Dreamweaver), and creating Flash animations.

Web 20 (5 credits)

This is a project based class. Students will learn the basics of JavaScript, design, CSS, database and server side scripting and then choose their own focus and direction with several different project options including:

  • Using web design skills to make smart phone apps using PhoneGap
  • Designing web layouts and templates
  • Learning about content management systems 
  • Making websites for themselves or others

Web 30 (5 credits)

Students are now ready to dive into content management systems to create full feature websites to a point where a client is able to manage the site themselves over the internet.

Computer Science 10 (5 credits)

This course focuses on game making and Android app development as we explore the field of computer science. Students will be introduced to the building blocks of programming, learn the difference between computer science, computer programming and computer engineering while creating fun games using Scratch and GameMaker. We will also use App Inventor to make Android apps and introduce tightly bound programming language Java.

Computer Science 20 (5 credits)

Students continue to develop their understanding of computer science and learn the following key programming concepts:

  • Procedural programming
  • Data structures
  • Interacting with files and file structures

Once students have mastered these concepts we will explore Arduino robotics and making Smartphone apps using PhoneGap.

Computer Science 30 (5 credits)

Students earn credits that are eligible for entrance into many programs at Alberta post-secondary institutions. The University of Alberta and University of Calgary both accept Computer Science 30 as an entrance requirement for many of their programs.

Students develop a stronger understanding of what computer science is and explore the following key concepts:

  • Iterative algorithms
  • Recursive algorithms
  • Object oriented programming

We will continue with Java programming and have Arduino projects and Smartphone app projects using PhoneGap.

Business Education

Accounting 10, 20, 30

Knowledge of accounting and developing one's financial intelligence is valuable for anyone. Students planning a career in business administration, accounting, or plan to own their own business as a business owner or professional (e.g. doctor or lawyer) should enroll in the CTS strand. Students who complete all three levels will fully understand the accounting cycle, the use of journals, ledgers, accounting software, and the various aspects of accounting for a service and merchandising business.

Accounting 10 (3 credits)

Course covers:

  • Personal financial information
  • Accounting cycle
  • Computer software with the accounting cycle

Accounting 20 (3 credits)

Course covers:

  • Retail accounting
  • 1 & 2 (Accounting for a merchandising business)
  • Accounting software

Accounting 30 (5 credits)

Course covers:

  • Advanced accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Capital accounting
  • Financial statements
  • Financial analysis

Entrepreneurship 25 (5 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Entrepreneurship allows students the opportunity to open and operate a real company and get paid and earn revenue from the business that they create. Students create a venture plan for a company, start up their company, finance and market the company, sell goods/services, and then dissolve the company and distribute the profits. Students work in a team environment. The use of technology is also integrated into this course. Entrepreneurship is essential for students who plan to enter a business program at the post-secondary level.

Legal Studies (5 credits)

If I slip on a sidewalk while jogging in a blizzard, can I sue the home-owner? I bought a pair of jeans and wore them to the mall but then I decided I didn’t like them. Can I legally return them afterwards? While walking home from school, a boy bullied me. He swore at me and threatened me. Can I charge him with assault? Legal studies focuses on the legal system and what rights you have. Legal studies are essential for students who plan to enter a business program at the post-secondary level.

In this class, students will learn about:

  • Workplace and consumer law with a focus on basic rights and responsibilities at work
  • The legal relationship between the government and the citizen with an emphasis on criminal law
  • Laws affecting family members
  • The issues and legal considerations that may arise when individuals travel domestically and internationally
  • The environment and new environmental information that affects the law
  • The role of groups and individuals in bringing about changes in environmental law

Sales, Promotion, and Advertising 10 (3 credits)

Students identify basic management and marketing concepts, identify and describe the target customer and the selling floor, and established a marketing campaign for a virtual product or company using various technologies.

Sales, Promotion, and Advertising 20 (5 credits)

Students explore, identify, and describe different business organizations in Canada, learn how to construct attention-getting displays in a store, and how to use advertising media (print and broadcast) to inform potential customers about products and services. Students are required to  create a more advanced advertising campaign using print, video and web media to promote their virtual product or service.

Sales, Promotion, and Advertising 30 (5 credits)

Students research a location for a store and design a layout for this retail store. Students also learn and demonstrate techniques for a successful selling through hands-on experience in the school store. For their final project, students create an advanced marketing campaign using print, video, and web media.

Not all credits in this course are at the 30 level.

Automotive Service

Students taking this strand of Career and Technology will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills related to the design and maintenance of transportation vehicles, and the impact they have on the environment, and economic and social well-being. Whether a student plans to prepare for a work-related role in the industry or simply wants to be an informed owner/operator of a vehicle, the Auto Service program should be viewed as an excellent educational opportunity for all secondary students.

The Auto Service program is designed to create a meaningful hands on educational environment for all students. Students will learn the current methods and repair practices used in today’s automotive industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn about both the business aspect of an automotive shop and the service aspect.

Auto Service is a “cross-graded” program designed to help in the development of leadership skills in Grade 11 and 12 students. This approach also permits students to work in a cooperative environment, similar to the industry norm.

Mechanics 10 - Introductory (5 credits)

Will help students build a knowledge base important in understanding the safety practices when working around vehicles. As well, students will begin to understand the basics of vehicle systems and how to care for them.

Emphasis will be placed on but not limited to:

  • Safety/tools
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Parts identification

Mechanics 20 - Intermediate (5-10 credits)

Will build upon previous concepts listed above, as well introduce more specific issues when trouble-shooting a vehicle. Students will have the opportunity to individualize their programs to strive to complete 5 or 10 credits in Auto Service.

Emphasis will be placed on but not limited to :

  • Maintenance
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Engine Tune-up
  • Engine Peripherals

Mechanics 30 - Advanced (5-10 credits)

Will introduce new concepts, such as engine rebuilding and transmissions. Most of the advanced level mechanics will consist of customer service work. Students will have the opportunity to individualize their programs to strive to complete 5 or 10 credits in Auto Service. Emphasis will be placed on but not limited to:

  • Engine Rebuilding
  • Automotive computer systems
  • Transmissions
  • Drive Line

Note: Grade 11 and 12 students can take Automotive Service for 5 credits or 10 credits. If a student wants 10 credits he/she will need to check off both A & B sections when registering. (Mechanics A is a prerequisite for Mechanics B).