It is the mission of Listowel District S. S. to provide opportunities for every student to discover his/her potential. 
 
 
 
NEXUS
noun [NEXus]   A connected group or network; a link or connection.
 
NEXUS is an alternative education program which helps you discover your potential and build a bright future. 
 
 
 
 
BENEFITS OF THE NEXUS PROGRAM
 
* Nexus students work towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) in an alternative education environment.  We have had many
  graduates over the years, and some have pursued post-secondary educational pathways.
 
* NEXUS offers a combination of work experience and in-school academic credit courses.
 
* Students can work on in-school academic credit courses at their own pace.
 
* Increased one-on-one contact with teachers
 
* Interesting group courses with guest speakers and field trips
 
* Continuous entry points during the school year
 
* Students are responsible for acquiring their own coop placement.
 
* The coop placement  could be an existing part-time job; an existing full-time job; or a steady (weekly) volunteer position.  Students can continue
   to be paid while at a coop placement.
 
* Potential to participate in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).  OYAP allows a student to train as an apprentice while enrolled in 
   NEXUS.
 
* Students have access to nutritious food through our Breakfast For Learning - sponsored food coop.  We have full kitchen facilities and have
  offered cooking classes in the past.
 
 
 
 

 
 
What does it involve for the coop supervisor/employer?
 
* signing forms to verify or establish WSIB coverage for the student.  The Ministry of Education will provide coverage for unpaid coop students.
 
* meeting with the NEXUS teacher and student
 
* completing point form evaluations for the student and verifying weekly log sheets
 
* providing work experience where students are encouraged to apply knowledge and skills they have acquired in the classroom
 
 
 
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
 
* students need to be serious about returning to school to earn their OSSD in an alternative setting
 
* between the ages of 16 and 21
 
* live in the Avon Maitland District School Board vicinity
 
* a COOP placement for a minimum of 12 hours a week - 110 hours of work are required for each credit
 
* attendance for a minimum of 10 in-class hours per week
 
* regular attendance at the coop placement
 
* a minimum number of lessons submitted per week
 
* student are not to be on LDSS property unless they have a note from a teacher