Trades Exploration Program (T.R.E.X.)

Trades Exploration Program (TREX) is a practical, hands-on program that combines an opportunity to earn compulsory credits through the S.T.E.P. program with a shop experience that delivers technology credits focused in the areas of Landscaping, Horticulture, Masonry and Technological Design. Program staff works to provide genuine applications for relevant, practical learning experiences across all areas of the program. Students are further challenged to apply newly-acquired skills in a co-operative education work placement.

Program Goal

  • provide a contextualized learning experience that engages students in academic-based courses
  • build a solid foundation for success in the trades

Students leaving the program are well-equipped to pursue landscaping and/or construction opportunities in apprenticeship programs or in the workplace.

Student Profile

TREX is designed for students who are at least in their third year of high school and who are interested in:

  • an experiential approach to learning
  • acquiring practical skills for employment.

Program Capacity and Staffing

A maximum of 20 students are enrolled in the TREX program and are supported from a qualified technology teacher.

Admission Process

  • Students interested in the TREX program must be currently attending a secondary school within the Halton District School Board and must be referred to the program through their home school.
  • Referrals submitted by the second Monday in June will be considered for a September placement the following year.
  • While space remains available, intake is continuous from September to November for semester one and February to April for semester two.

The TREX program is currently only available at Gary Allan High School’s Burlington campus.