Technological Education

All Grade 9 students at Danforth are introduced to Technological Studies through Exploring Technologies.  Students follow a rotation that showcases four Technology areas offered at Danforth CTI: Communications, Construction, Hospitality/Tourism, and Transportation.

Each rotation embraces a hands-on, activity-based,  project-driven approach.

Click here for a four minute video that captures a few of the experiential learning programs at Danforth CTI.

Since the school’s opening in 1923, Danforth has continuously offered quality technical education to students, who follow pathways to work, to apprenticeships and to post-secondary education.  Our courses offer the ideal combination of theory and practical application.

Asa Danforth, the school’s namesake, was a practical man; a builder. He would have approved of the school’s motto, “We learn by doing”.  Technical education at Danforth exemplifies this philosophy every day.

After sampling the technology courses in Grade 9, students may choose introductory courses in each of the areas for a greater depth of study in Grade 10.  Specialization courses, often with multi-credit packages, are offered in Grades 11 and 12.

Studio A37  (Communications Technology) features state of the art technology, giving students a taste of the real world while never leaving Danforth.

The commercial kitchens are fully-equipped state-of-the-art cooking/baking facilities with a demonstration classroom.  Students practice with industrial equipment to prepare large quantity foods.  Senior students participate in competitions and cater many business and social functions both in and out of the school.

Over the years, Danforth students have made our community proud with so many awards and scholarships in many competitions such as the annual Skills Canada competition.

Communications Technology


Communications Technology affects all aspects of our lives, from work to leisure. It extends our ability to communicate and is an important part of being technologically literate. Courses in this field provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills required to design, use and manage electronic and print media communications systems. They will help students understand the role of communications technology in our economy, its relationship with other economic sectors and its effect on people, society, and the environment. These courses examine communications systems and design and production processes in the areas of electronic, live, recorded, and graphic communications. Students develop knowledge and skills relating to the assembly, operation, maintenance, and repair of the basic and more complex components of a range of communications systems. Students also study industry standards, regulations, and health and safety issues. They explore careers, the importance of lifelong learning, and transferable skills. Teachers address safety/censorship on the Internet by implementing School Board Policies relating to appropriate student use and access to Internet services.

The Communications department at Danforth has impressive facilities and emphasis courses. We were proud to host the 2013/14 Skills Canada – Toronto competitions for photography. Many students have done some excellent work freelancing, making some extra cash and honing their entrepreneurial skills. Students are encouraged to use the facilities both during class time and after school to create presentations and resource materials for their academic subjects thus enhancing marks in both areas.

Communications Technology is taught in computer labs. The following senior emphasis courses are taught in Studio A37: Broadcast & Print Production, Digital Imagery and Web Design, TV/Video/Movie Production and Photography/Digital Imaging.

Construction Technology

Construction technology has always played a central role in society. It is a multifaceted industry in which projects can result in products, systems, processes, or services and encompass various aspects of production, repair, and maintenance. In construction technology courses, students will learn about designing, constructing, and maintaining a variety of buildings and structures, and will gain experience with the tools, equipment, and processes commonly used in the field. Students will also learn about health and safety standards in the construction industry, building codes and regulations, and employment opportunities and careers in the various sectors of the industry, including electricity, carpentry, masonry, heating and cooling, and plumbing. The construction technology courses initially focus on residential and light construction systems related to residential buildings and structures, and progress to more advanced residential and light commercial construction. The woodworking courses allow students to concentrate on furniture building or cabinet making.

A new course at Danforth is our Construction Engineering.

Hospitality and Tourism

Hospitality and Tourism is one of the top fields for employment in Canada. Our courses prepare students to meet diverse challenges in this multifaceted field. Hospitality and Tourism education provides both a hands-on practical and a theoretical approach to learning about the various sectors in this field. Students have the opportunities to develop essential skills in food preparation, food presentation, event planning, marketing, customer relations, human resource management, inventory management, and tourism administration and management. Students will examine the cultural and economic forces that drive tourism and food trends. Students will gain experience with equipment and procedures commonly used in their particular sector of industry. Students will also learn the Health and Safety regulations and standards for the various aspects of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. They will acquire a foundation of skills and knowledge to prepare them with life skills and employability skills that can be transferred to both post-secondary education and/or the workplace.

Hospitality and Tourism courses focus on the Hospitality industry, the world’s largest employment sector. Students are prepared for these challenges with teamwork opportunities in the classroom. Coursework covers Tourism at the local and international level, food theory, and corresponding practical cooking and baking skills. At the senior level, students can participate in Co-operative Education and/or O.Y.A.P. (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) to allow them industry experience. Students can also sign up for the Specialist High Skills Major in Hospitality and Tourism at Danforth, allowing them to gain industry recognized certifications (such as First Aid, CPR, W.H.M.I.S., Smart Serve, Basic Food Handlers and Service Excellence), as well as Reach Ahead Activities to further explore the various career opportunities available. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in cooking and baking competitions at Niagara College, Georgian College, Fleming College and Skills Canada. Students have won gold medals at these competitions in Culinary Arts, Baking and Restaurant Services. Senior students are also given the opportunity to participate in various catering functions throughout the year.

Danforth Culinary Arts program is among the best in Ontario with well-equipped kitchen facilities that are attuned to the needs of students, teachers, and employers alike. Access to a commercial kitchen and a new baking lab (September 2012) allow students the benefit of an industry-standard work space to prepare for experiences and opportunities in the Hospitality and Tourism employment sector.

COSMETOLOGY (Hairstyling & Aesthetics)

Hairstyling and aesthetics courses offer students an opportunity to work in a salon/spa environment and provide services for a diverse clientele. Students may focus on careers such as hairstylist, aesthetician, nail technician, or make-up artist. In a growing service economy, courses in hairstyling and aesthetics help prepare students for rewarding careers. Students will gain hands-on experience using professional materials and equipment and practicing current techniques. They will use professional terminology related to hairstyling and aesthetics, acquire transferable problem-solving skills, and learn about the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in these fields. At the same time, they will expand their communication and interpersonal skills as they interact with their peers and clients.

The Cosmetology (Hairstyling and Aesthetics) courses are designed to give the student an overview of the industry.  In grade10, students take an introductory course, learning how to French braid hair, wash and blow dry, and style hair as well as give manicures and nail art and face cleansing and make-up application for both day and night.  The senior students take a 3-credit package to hone their skills in cutting, hair colouring and chemical procedures, such as permanents and hair relaxing.  These students earn hours towards their getting their hairdresser’s license.

Technological Design

Technological design courses provide students with a variety of learning experiences that focus on the practical application of the principles of engineering, architecture, and design. These activity-based courses emphasize problem solving to meet design challenges in a wide range of areas, which may include architectural design, interior design, mechanical and industrial design, and robotics and control systems. Students learn to apply knowledge of research, historical trends, design, materials, fabrication methods, and testing criteria to develop innovative and environmentally sustainable products, processes, and/or services. The technologies and processes used to create design solutions may include both traditional and computer-based drafting methods, scale models, working prototypes, animations and simulations, displays, portfolios, and presentations.

Technological Design offers computer aided courses that explore many applications to design. These include Communications, Transportation, Architectural Design and even rockets. We utilize professional software on computer hardware built for that purpose. Grade 10 Tech design provides a good foundation for Grade 11 Architectural Design course where students learn the fundamentals of building construction and procedures for designing their own dream home.


Transportation affects our lives in a multitude of ways. Transportation systems move raw materials to manufacturers and finished products to consumers locally, nationally, and globally. Individuals use transportation systems every day for business, work, and pleasure. Transportation technology courses provide students with opportunities to understand transportation systems from the perspective of either the consumer or the service provider. The range of courses enables students to study both vehicle ownership and vehicle maintenance, and to develop skills and prepare for careers in the servicing and repair of vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft. In addition, students will develop the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in the transportation industry.

With 13,000 square feet of shop space, stalls for 30 cars with 8 hoists, three mechanical shops and a double auto body shop, students will be trained in one of the largest facilities in a high school setting. The three areas include: auto mechanics, auto body.  In auto mechanics, the curriculum includes all mechanical aspects of the motor vehicle, such as engines, transmissions, brakes, suspension and electrical components. Senior students work on customers’ cars. The auto body curriculum includes repair to the external structure of the vehicle, including rust, paint and collision damage. With two frame straightener, 2 squeeze type resistance spot welders and a state-of-the-art down draft spray booth, students learn current industry techniques.