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  • Skills for Tomorrow's Careers


    W. P. Wagner's Career & Technology Studies programming teaches students practical skills and provides insight into a variety of career pathways. These courses give students an advantage in a wide variety of technical programs after high school. There really is something for everyone at W. P. Wagner.

  • Business Technology


    We prepare our students for the business world. Whether they are interested in taking business after high school, starting their own business or joining an existing company, Business and Technology Studies is sure to offer valuable skills and tools for the future!

  • Computer Technology Courses


    It is highly recommended that all students complete at least one computer related course during their grade 10 year. The use of computer technology is imbedded in today's world. The same is true at W. P. Wagner, where technology is integrated throughout all programs and familiarity with various software programs and the structure of our computer network are critical for student success. Dependent upon their junior high experience, grade 10 students have a variety of computer streams to select from to gain the necessary skills.

    Communication Technology

    At the Introductory level, students will explore elements and principles of design and typography through graphic tools, web design, and animation by creating digital images for print and web. This course builds a solid foundation to continue studies into professionally advanced applications in ComTech 20/30.

    During the Intermediate class, students will expand on their application of the elements and principles of design through graphic tools, web design, and animation by creating digital images for print and web. Alternate paths of study include Audio/Video Production and Printing. Students complete projects that will allow them to continue to explore new applications. Students will gain marketable skills to take into the workplace and continue into ComTech 30.

    Students who take the Advanced course will build on their previous classwork to plan and create advanced images for print and web, using industry standard software. Customer service through our Printing strand is a growing program in Communication Technology at W.P. Wagner. The opportunity to produce signage, adhesive stickers, short-run t-shirts and other common print materials allows our students to practice their freelancing skills. These skills include client consultations, quotation making, production, invoicing and delivery phases of a printing project. Upon completion of this course, students will have marketable skills to take into the work world, as a hobby, job, and/or full time career.

    For more information on our Community Service and to request a printing job quote, please visit the W.P. Wagner Print Shop site.

    Design Studies

    Students who take Design Studies learn about the creative process from conception through to development in architecture, industrial design, engineering, interior design and landscaping. Working with a variety of tools and techniques from hand-sketching to Computer Aided Design, students will learn about the fundamentals of 2D and 3D design and manufacturing.


    Do you want to use a digital camera to help express your view of the world? Our photography program explores the science and art of photography, with an emphasis on using the camera as a communication tool. From proper camera usage to the use of a variety of digital enhancement techniques, students will develop their own personal style of photography.

    Computer Science

    Our programming courses offer students a strong core experience developing skills and knowledge that will be used in producing small applications in a modern programming language. Higher levels of the course build upon these fundamentals, potentially leading to other programming languages or object-oriented programming.

    • Introductory Computer Science 1

      Students learn Microsoft Visual Basic.NET (VB.Net of Visual Basic designed to be the easiest and most productive tool for creating .NET applications, including Windows applications, Web Services, and Web applications.). This programming language is the next generation.

    • Intermediate Computer Science 2

      Students begin the study of the powerful programming language of Java. Java is the ideal platform for network computing, as it runs on all platforms - from servers to cell phones to smart cards. The Mars rover was joystick-controlled from earth via Java software. Java is found everywhere on the web.

    • Advanced Computer Science 3 and Advanced Computer Science 3 - Enriched

      This course is for students who have completed programming 1, 2, and 3, and are interested in potentially challenging the Advanced Placement exam in Java, or the newly established Iveson Exam for entrance to the University of Alberta. See http://launch.cs.ualberta.ca/iverson-exam
  • Construction Technology


    Do you want to explore the world of woodworking? Do you want to learn how to safely operate a table-saw, a router, or a power chisel mortiser?  Our construction technology program explores the traditional hand and power tool woodworking techniques used in building furniture and residential housing. Students are mentored to increase self-confidence and independence during the building of their woodworking projects. A variety of student designed projects are built in construction.  Successful completion at the introductory level can lead to a furniture making/cabinet making stream.  Enroll in construction and develop a lifelong appreciation for woodworking.

  • Cosmetology


    COSMETOLOGY SERVICES are offered at our school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 11:45 am during the school year. Appointments can be made by calling 780-469-1315. Wagner Cosmetology Services


    ‌Cosmetology courses focus on the personal and professional skills needed to succeed in the beauty industry. The courses include modules in which students learn about hairstyling, skin care, make-up, nail care, cutting, colouring, and other aspects of personal and professional grooming.  Career opportunities are explored and students can acquire credits/hours that are recognized by post-secondary schools and the apprenticeship board.

    ‌The Cosmetology Service Program provides skills for students to fulfill their desire to become a licensed hair stylist. Students will learn all the fundamental skills necessary for the beauty industry in this full year program. Once students have mastered their skills,  they have the opportunity to work on clients to hone their customer service skills and have an authentic salon experience.

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