Windsor, Ontario (February 2023) - In Windsor, Ontario, educators from the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) are on a mission to provide experiential learning opportunities for their students! Equipping students with access to high-quality career development tools will help them reach this mission, as they work to raise awareness of opportunities and move them forward in their training and career pathway. The GECDSB and Edge Factor are proud to announce our new partnership, focused on inspiring students to explore, prepare, and connect to local opportunities on their career journey. Whether they are in the classroom, at an event, or at home, every student and educator in the Greater Essex County can log in to Edge Factor’s online platform through D2L | Brightspace to access thousands of career development videos and gamified activities through Edge Factor’s smart platform.
Located in Windsor, the Greater Essex County District School Board currently serves approximately 36, 000 students. All of the 17 secondary schools in Essex County now have premium Edge Factor memberships, which means students can access thousands of videos, interactive activities, and educational lesson plans.
The goal is to take students on a journey from “I have no idea what I want to do with my life!” all the way to, “I’ve browsed the options, I’ve made informed decisions, and I’ve successfully launched a training and career pathway!” Edge Factor calls this experience: the Career Journey. All of the content and features included in a premium Edge Factor membership move people forward in their Career Journey through 4 key phases: Inspiration, Exploration, Preparation, and Connection.
Inspiration is all about helping students get excited about their future and using the power of storytelling to open up students' eyes to new possibilities. Edge Factor creates award-winning films, short stories, and documentaries that showcase teams of people working together to impact the world.
In the Exploration phase, students dig deeper to explore what it's like to work in diverse industries and careers. Exploration includes Industry Overviews, hundreds of Career Profiles that showcase what a "day in the life" looks like in specific careers, virtual walk-and-talk field trips and tours in companies and schools, and more!
The Preparation phase is all about helping students prepare for future success with transferable and technical skills! We have videos, lesson plans, and assignable activities that teach students about Soft Skills, Financial Literacy, skills & processes, tools & equipment, and how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) come alive in real-world careers.
Connection is all about helping students connect to local training and career opportunities. Edge Factor's Directory is a great tool for students and parents to browse local Schools, Training Programs, Companies, and Careers.
Students and educators can now log in anywhere, at any time, on any device, with unlimited access to Edge Factor’s online platform and support services. This makes Edge Factor a great tool for the Greater Essex County School District educators to use during in-person classroom environments and as a virtual or hybrid learning resource!
In the Greater Essex County School District, companies, schools, and community organizations can customize the experience for their local learners, by plugging into the Edge Factor platform and adding Profiles that showcase who they are and what they offer.
Organizations can submit details to have their company featured on the Edge Factor platform for students & families to connect with the training and career opportunities available in their own community.
Edge Factor’s mission is to inspire people to explore, prepare, and connect on their career journey. We want to unite local efforts and empower families, students, job-seekers and learners of all ages to realize that extraordinary opportunities are available, right here in their own community.
Get to know more about the Greater Essex County School District, the programs they offer, and their commitment to preparing their students for future success.
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