We’ve got SKILLS… training!

During the first week of May, we expect students to line up to register for our three skills training programs – Culinary Arts, Hairstyling / Barber and Personal Support Worker training programs. If you are looking for a quality, affordable and job-ready skills training option to earn one of these certificates, St. Louis can support you toward reaching this goal.


Each program has less than 6 months of in-class learning, which includes extensive hands-on learning, plus industry experience at an affordable $1300 for materials fees.  Tuition is covered by the Ministry of Education, as secondary school credits are embedded into the industry-relevant training.


Employment success is remarkable, after completing these certificate programs. Culinary Arts has an 80% employment rate, and often at the food service venue of their choosing. Hairstyling has an 85% employment rate with every student successfully passing exemption exams, so they can begin their apprenticeship sooner. And St. Louis PSW has an astounding 98% employment rate with numerous employers actively hiring students to begin immediately after their placements are finished.  PSW students write their exams and already have their letters of permission to begin work that same day.


Are you ready to make a career change!

May Intake / Registration dates for a September 2019 Start


Culinary Arts:

  • Friday, May 3, 2019 , 9:00am (Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St.)

Hairstyling / Barbering:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:00pm (Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St.)

Personal Support Worker:

  • Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:00am (Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St.)
  • Monday, May 13, 2019, 9:00am (Hilltop Manor, 42 Elliott St. Cambridge)


For more information: visit https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca , call 519-745-1201, email stlouis@wcdsb.ca






Follow the Beacon of Hope


Budding trees and flowers, birds chirping, newborn babies, and other small creatures welcoming a world filled with obstacles; these are all symbols of hope.


When a lighthouse light shines, reminding you to keep going on your journey or guiding you to shore for safety, that light is a Beacon of Hope.  The Beacon of Hope Award was established in 2015 by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for all students attending our Secondary Schools, including St. Louis. A suitable recipient will represent integrity, hard work, consistent efforts, Catholic values, and may not get recognized with the traditional academic / athletic / student spirit awards.


There are few things about St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres that make us “traditional”, and that is likely because we have  over 13, 000 students attending our schools’ campuses and satellite locations, representing all ages, faiths, backgrounds and walks of life.  What makes St. Louis students diverse and unique is also what binds St. Louis to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, the Beacon of Hope Award and its intentions. Because of this uniqueness, the Beacon of Hope Award ceremony is so meaningful to our school community.


On Thursday, April 18, 2019, we have honoured 3 recipients who embody the quiet resilience of the human spirit, optimism and compassion toward others, and the deep meaning that by shedding light, they hold onto hope for a better life and bring inspiration to others. Their powerful stories of struggle and perseverance were shared and this incredible honour was bestowed on them by Loretta Notten, Director of Education and Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.


Let us celebrate St. Louis’ 2019 Beacon Of Hope recipients:

Asmaa Ghazi Jameel

Mohamed Amin Bin Nurul 

Allan Martin


Every year that we celebrate the Beacon of Hope Award ceremony together, we walk away reflecting on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s vision of being at the at the Heart of the Community, bringing Success for Each, and a Place for All. Staff and students at St. Louis strive to model this vision and our own school motto: Hope, Opportunity and Success for All! — a perfectly blended picture of who we are as an organization, within the whole.


An extra special thanks goes to our Chef teacher and St. Louis Culinary students for making this breakfast ceremony so special.

It’s Official! We are BACK IN CAMBRIDGE!

For over 30 years, St. Louis has offered a variety of credit courses and supportive programs in Cambridge.  Are we REALLY BACK? Some say we never left.  Many say they felt the absence of secondary school day classes in Cambridge these past 3 years. 


We are thrilled to announce that we have forged a partnership with the Region of Waterloo Employment Income Support and Community Services, St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres to re-introduce Secondary School Credit Day Classes in Cambridge! We feel so welcomed by the staff at 150 Main, Cambridge to bring this option back and we want you TELL EVERYBODY!



If you or someone you know is looking for secondary school credits or to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, they have the immediate opportunity to register over the next 3 weeks (April 15 -May 2).  First class is May 6, and we will offer our first teacher-directed Learning Strategies credit class back in Cambridge,  every weekday morning (8:45-11:45), 5 days a week until June 26 .  Core curriculum courses (e.g. Math and English) will be offered in September or they can start NOW with numerous Correspondence options to choose from.  Correspondence is self-directed learning, however onsite teacher support will be available in the Region of Waterloo Employment Resource Area computer lab.  This lab will give students a quiet study space and they can access tutor support by certified teachers, four afternoons a week

Please tell your friends, support your clients or challenge yourself to meet their goals:

  • to complete high school credits,
  • achieve an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or
  • pursue their plans for post-secondary prerequisites

We will do everything we can to support. Simply, take the following steps:

Step 1: Get your transcript from the last high school you attended or contact St. Louis is you are a former student

Step 2: Come to 150 Main Street, Cambridge, Monday to Thursday, 10am – 2pm with your transcript and photo ID – No student fees required in Cambridge.

Step 3: Develop an Education Plan with a St. Louis Guidance Counsellor (there are 6 ways to earn a secondary school credit through St. Louis!)

Step 4: Come back to school – May 6th



If you or someone you are supporting is still unsure or feels insecure in their abilities, please refer them to St. Louis Core Essentials 519-745-1201 or Project Read 519-570-3054 who will provide assessments, motivation and non-credit support to pursue this journey back in the classroom.

So what else does St. Louis continue to offer in Cambridge?

For Adults:

  • Core Essentials, literacy and basic skills (behind St. Benedict CSS)
  • ESL classes, day and evening (behind St. Benedict CSS)
  • Personal Support Worker training (Hilltop Manor)
  • Dual Credit (in partnership with Conestoga College)
  • Credits@Work (at the student’s place of employment)
  • Online credit courses (on any computer with internet connection)
  • Portuguese language credit class on Monday night (at St. Benedict CSS)

For Youth and Children:

  • Portuguese language credit class on Monday night (at St. Benedict CSS)
  • Polish, Portuguese & Spanish International Languages – Elementary (Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary)
  • Saturday Skills Builder for Grade 7 & 8 (at St. Benedict CSS)
  • Summer Expedition for Gr 6, 7 & 8 (at St. Benedict CSS)
  • Get a HeadStart to Gr. 9 (at St. Benedict CSS and Monsignor Doyle CSS)
  • Homework Clubs (at several Catholic Elementary Schools + St. Benedict and Mons. Doyle)

For details:

visit: https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca 

email: stlouis@wcdsb.ca

phone: 519-745-1201

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