If you are new to Canada, have an interest in community service or child care, wish to enter the workforce in a career that is fulfilling – but require assistance in development on a professional and personal level – consider attending Community and Child Studies training. This two-semester offering, which results in an Ontario College Certificate, serves as an academic pathway to programs such as Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker, Developmental Service Worker, Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations, Recreation and Leisure Services and Social Service Worker.
Aside from serving as an academic launching pad, the Community and Child Studies courses offer a solid academic base. This is achieved, firstly, through the addressing of learners’ needs as adults and ESL students. As such, faculty members who are supportive, caring and have expertise in community, child studies and ES,L utilize collaborative teaching approaches to get important points across. Additionally, it is common for faculty members in the Community and Child Studies training program to meet with students to discuss progress, as needed. This serves to benefit students as engaging professional and experienced faculty members may help them to become comfortable in communicating and addressing people in both casual and professional settings.
Secondly, an academic base is achieved through the development of understanding of the personal and professional requirements of the varied careers available in the community services and child studies department. Assisting in this are Community and Child Studies courses such as: Student Success and Interpersonal Skills (students explore the resources available in the college to support their success as a student in a post secondary environment. Close relationships with these internal service areas are developed); Foundations in Community and Child Studies (students survey the range of services offered in the Community and Child Studies field and gain insight into the scope of these delivery models); Professional Practice and Ethics (introduces students to the characteristics of an effective professional in the broad range of services represented in Community and Child Studies field. Students explore how personal attitudes, values and boundaries affect professional relationships), and more.
Applicants to this Community and Child Studies training are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Interested parties should be advised that the program is only open for admission, as an “alternate offer” to applicants who have been advised and assisted to register by the Centennial College Assessment and Advising Centre. Those applicants with scores of 130 or 131 are recommended to begin this offering. Applicants cannot apply directly to ontariocolleges.ca for admission to this program. Lastly, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the Community and Child Studies training.