NuSteel is an alternative-education program run by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, in partnership with Centre for Print and Media Arts in Hamilton, Ontario.
At NuSteel, students study 3 subjects per semester: English (any grade), Art (any grade), and a senior Social Science elective. Students move through the semester by studying units that tie their 3 subjects together. This is called project-based learning. Students of the NuSteel program enjoy daily interaction with working artists and exposure to the cultural sector work done in Centre galleries, studio spaces and community programs.
While NuSteel teaches youth practical, transferable skills, often resulting in economic opportunity, it also serves as a school re-engagement program. Statistics show that nearly 50% of high school students in the city’s downtown core drop out before earning their diploma. Nearly 100% of students who participate in NuSteel complete the program.
Upon completion of NuSteel, youth should have the basic skills to:
- Set up micro-enterprise businesses
- Find employment within the industry
- Take on printing contracts for DNA
- Continue their education with a renewed sense of focus
- Continue practicing as an artist at Centre
The benefits of project-based learning are: developing a sense of comradeship and community across ages and grade levels; developing an understanding of how each subject is connected to the others, and developing workplace skills such as team problem solving and peer-to-peer mentorship.
What type of student will benefit from this style of learning:
- Students who enjoy working both alone and in groups
- Students who enjoy both hands-on and computer-based work
- Students who have some personal initiative and self-regulation
Interested parties will need to complete an application with their home school and contact Margaret MacEachern at Vincent Massey firstname.lastname@example.org for next steps.
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