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Kildonan-East Collegiate
River East Transcona School Division

Vocational Technology Diploma

Kildonan-East offers 10 separate vocational technology programs, each of which provides training skills at the job entry level. Students planning to enter this program should select two exploratory (EX) courses as Grade 10 options. Hairstyling majors must choose all four Hairstyling 20S courses and in Culinary Arts students must choose the two courses from Group C and one other Exploratory.

Upon graduation vocational technology students can receive further training either in the workplace, in university or college, or they can enter an apprenticeship program.

All of our vocational technology offerings are open to Grade 10 students as options. Vocational technology majors are not declared until Grade 11 (except for Hairstyling). The vocational technology programs at Kildonan-East are:

  • Auto Body Repair and Refinishing
  • Automotive Technology (Power Mechanics)
  • Business
  • Carpentry/ (Bldg Construction)
  • Climate Control (Refrigeration & Air)
  • Culinary Arts (Food Services)
  • Pastry Arts (Food Services)
  • Electrical
  • Graphic Arts (Advertising Arts)
  • Hairstyling (Cosmetology)
  • Photography

Grade 11 and grade 12 vocational technology students complete four credits each year in their major.

Auto Body

Auto Body is a technical program that covers the metal repairs and painting procedures on automotive vehicles. You will have the opportunity to develop skills which will readily enhance your abilities to make auto body repairs to vehicles and to seek employment in auto body, welding related fields, estimating, parts management and the automotive industry.

Power Mech./Automotive Technology

If you have an interest in mechanical work and enjoy working with your hands in a challenging technical field, Automotive Technology is the program for you. You learn how to service, maintain and repair the various electronic and mechanical components in the automotive, transportation and power equipment industries.


The Business Technology program encompasses a variety of courses in business theory. Students interested in a career in a small business environment, a large corporation or who may dream of running their own business will benefit from this program. All aspects of business will be studied, from preparing business plans, dealing effectively with clients and customers, managing the financial side of business, evaluating today's market needs, to office management skills. Employers are looking for employees that are ready to hit the ground running, and the Business Education Program will provide students with practical skills for the job market upon graduation. The program consists of any 8 credits that are selected from a variety of one credit and half-credit courses. Any of the Business courses may be taken as electives to fulfill option requirements in another program. Students intending to continue post-secondary education at a university may also choose to combine the Business Education program with University Entrance courses for a Dual Diploma.


If you enjoy working with your hands, have good eye-hand co-ordination, good math skills and some creativity, you may wish to consider Carpentry. Carpentry deals with the construction of buildings, furniture and cabinetry using wood products as the primary construction material. The Carpentry course covers the proper use and safe operations of tools and equipment used in the industry.

Climate Control

Are you looking for a rewarding and challenging career choice with lots of earning potential? Do you enjoy working with your hands? The Climate Control Technology Program is for you. You will learn how to install, repair, and service various types of heating, cooling and ventilation equipment used in our homes. This industry is focused towards providing us with a clean and comfortable indoor environment regardless of the outdoor weather conditions. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates have the option of directly entering the work force, or pursuing their studies at a post-secondary institution.

Food Services/Culinary Arts

The Food Services sector has become one of the fastest growing industries in Canada, and for this reason there is a tremendous shortage of well-trained entry-level cooks. The Culinary Arts Course is designed to prepare students to enter the labour force. 

Students spend a portion of their day on theory and the balance of the day in the kitchen, preparing food for the lunch cafeteria and dining room service. They are also given opportunity to prepare foods for special functions such as dinner theatre, monthly gourmet dinners, banquet service, and outside school catering. Students who choose to major in Culinary Arts will be eligible for the apprenticeship program. The Culinary Arts Program at Kildonan-East is a fully accredited program with the Province of Manitoba.

Food Services/Pastry Arts

Pastry Chefs Create Dessert Menus from Conception to Finished Project. They meet with an establishment's owner or manager to decide what to put on the menu and then create samples before final decisions are made. Many restaurants or hotels will have signature desserts that will be carried forward from one chef to the next. Pastry chefs are also required to work with seasonally available produce and products and determine the cost of items. Fresh fruits are often featured in season and holiday-specific items are created to please diners. Special dietary needs must also be taken into consideration when it is a requirement for a particular party or event.


Electricity lights up our cities, factories and homes, provides power to all our modern appliances and entertainment equipment. It is even becoming a means of modern transportation in all-electric vehicles. If you have the desire to enter into a career with ever-increasing opportunities then the Electrical Program could be for you. In the Electrical program you will learn how to install, maintain and repair many different forms of electrical wiring and equipment. This program is accreditated for the level 1 technical in-school portion of the Electrical Construction Trade Apprenticeship.

Graphic Arts (Advertising Arts)

If you are artistic, creative, curious, and imaginative, consider Graphics. Graphic Design is the art of arranging image and text to communicate a message. It may be applied in any media such as print, digital media, motion picture, television, and animation. Examples of graphic design include advertising books, magazines, logos, signs, packaging, posters, websites, CDs, DVDs, television graphics, and much more.

This program uses a hands-on approach to teach the principles required to solve graphic design problems. Using industry-standard software and related programs, students develop the ability and confidence to create successful designs.

The Graphic Design program has two main objectives: First, to provide students with theoretical concepts and practical skills utilized in the graphics industry. The second, to prepare students for a possible career in the communications industry.


If you are interested in the art and science of beauty, then a career in Hairstyling may be for you. During the three year Hairstyling program you will develop the necessary skills to enter a career that may branch  into many different and challenging opportunities.


Photographic skills are developed through a variety of assignments. When involved in the photography program, you will progress from assignments using black and white film to technically demanding color photography. Students are responsible for completing their assignments from start to finish, including everything from the set-up, film processing, to the final print. The major advances in digital cameras are changing the photographic world. Digital imaging is an important part of the photography program. Students learn various photographic techniques with digital cameras and image manipulation on the computers, including resizing, color correction, combining images, as well as preparing images for printing and the Internet. Photography students play a major role in producing images for all aspects of school use. Upon graduation you will leave with an impressive portfolio containing readily available work samples to show prospective employers.