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Food Culture & Innovation

Food Culture & Innovation


The recent explosion in Edmonton’s food culture has inspired a new and unique interdisciplinary opportunity at Victoria School to connect the Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship (Enterprise & Innovation), and Hospitality Management into a real-world hands-on program. The goal of this program is to manage and operate the newly reimagined and redesigned cafe space in Victoria School where students can develop industry skills and expertise while earning credits toward the Alberta High School Diploma. The first class offering for this newly developed program is set to start September 2021. 

As the program develops, the intention is to develop a dual-credit Apprenticeship Industry Training (AIT) learning opportunity for students interested in completing their first-year apprenticeship technical training. 



The primary goal of these courses is to support students in finding value in the topics of business studies, financial management and entrepreneurship by building their knowledge and understanding of how the financial marketplace works. These courses focus on making current issues in the global marketplace relevant for students, while also providing them with hands-on and project-based learning opportunities to build and develop skills of critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, and economic decision making, with emphasis on preparing students for life beyond high school. 

In Enterprise & Innovation, learners are situated as members of an in-house business consulting group, learning about the various phases of planning and implementation of business operations strategy in the Vic Cafe as part of the newly developed Food Culture program. 

In Financial Management, learners engage with topics of personal financial management (banking, taxation, credit, investment planning), entrepreneurship and marketing in a customizable project-based learning format. 

Food Culture & Innovation

Student Feedback from Financial Management: 

“Before I took financial management, I never really knew that much about the topic of money. But when I took class, I learned a lot, like personal financing, and the laws affecting how people earn and spend their money. We did some fun projects in the course, with my favourite being the stock market simulation project. This was my favourite project because we were getting fake money and we had to pretend to invest in real life companies like: Nike, Canadian Tire, and Under Armour. After we finished setting up our portfolios,  we would monitor and reflect each week on how our stocks were performing and reasons why. Overall, I enjoyed going to financial management, and I strongly encourage it to anyone who wants to try the class.”

- Korbin, grade 10

"The customizable learning experience in financial management has let me grow my knowledge and experience in topics that will impact me in life after high school, with the support I needed to learn it."

- Tom, grade 12

"I really enjoyed the class discussions we had, plus some of the work was pretty interesting because it was like we were looking behind the scenes of the economy, but I loved the little lessons in class the most. The two most memorable are the difference between complementary and substitute goods, and how fiat currency replaced the gold standard."

- Kale, grade 10


Food Culture & Innovation

Name: Rick Oldring

Email: rick.oldring@epsb.ca 

Phone: 780-426-3010





















































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