Employment Preparation

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Employment Preparation Certificate

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Course Descriptions

Employment Preparation Certificate


Fall Semester - September to December

Work Preparation I - 96 hours
Students explore the world of work through the following units: Rewards of Work, Planning for Work, Job Safety Skills, Interviews, Learning Styles, First Days on the Job, Evaluation and Job Maintenance.

Life Skills I - 45 hours
This course assists students to explore self-identity and build self-confidence. It is dedicated to enhancing communication skills and emphasizing problem solving in everyday life. Topics covered are self-esteem, trust and risk-taking, teamwork and stress management. Using an experiential approach, students practise and apply skills on an individual and small group basis.

Mathematics I - 18 hours
This course increases the students' ability to understand numbers, use calculators for daily living needs, understand earnings and spending, and be aware of community resources. It is designed to meet individual needs and ability levels.

Literacy I - 18 hours
Literacy combines all strands of language arts to develop and increase competency in reading, writing and communication skills. Skill and ability improvement is targeted on an individualized basis.

Computers - 12 hours
Computer Literacy develops skills in areas of computer terminology and operation of Windows, typing speed, e-mail and familiarity with the Internet. Students also learn how to use academic programs for reading and math skill development.

Tutorial I - 12 hours
The tutorial is a small work group held on a weekly basis. It is designed to facilitate and highlight student successes. Students have the opportunity to obtain feedback from their peers and staff on how to handle employment situations and apply problem-solving skills.

Work Practicum I - 250 hours
Work practicum placements are determined by the students' interests, abilities and the availability of jobs. The practicum provides an on-the-job training opportunity to develop skills essential for competitive employment. The students are expected to develop attitudes and behaviours required for employment success. Regular work site monitoring and regular evaluations are conducted to assess skill acquisition. Job search activities are individualized based on the student. Students attend a Job Finding Group until a work practicum/employment is obtained.

Winter Semester - January to April

Work Preparation II - 56 hours
Work Preparation II incorporates all of the content previously covered as well as introducing the following units: You and Your Employer, You and Your Co-Workers, Ethics and Packaging Your Skills.

Life Skills II - 45 hours
This course assists students to further explore self-identity and build self-confidence. Individual exercises and group activities are designed to develop and practise interaction with others. Role playing is used to develop and practice new skills in five areas of life: Self, Family, Community, Leisure and Job.

Mathematics II - 17 hours
Building on the components from Mathematics I, students develop and refine their skills in using the calculator, money handling, banking and budgeting, and time telling.

Literacy II - 17 hours
This course assists students to increase reading strategies. Students develop oral presentation skills, and practise listening skills and following directions. Research will be conducted in the library and on the Internet.

Human Relationships - 20 hours
This course assists the students to better understand the roles and responsibilities associated with the relationships encountered in adult life. Topics discussed include: self esteem, values, life roles and choices, introduction to sexuality, anatomy and physiology, pregnancy prevention, parenthood, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual harassment.

Tutorial II - 12 hours
The tutorial as a small work group continues to explore solutions and strategies that can be used in the workplace. Students reflect on their learning through the use of verbal and written exercises that foster success and identify areas for improvement.

Work Practicum II - 360 hours
In Work Practicum II, students may continue in their job from Practicum I or be assisted to obtain a new practicum. Students are encouraged to further develop and refine skills in their job.

Spring Semester - May and June

Work Practicum III - 240 hours
Students may continue in their present practicum from Practicum II or be involved in individualized job search activities and work with the Marketing Consultant to obtain a new placement. Students are encouraged to increase their hours based on their medical report. Ongoing student responsibilities include keeping resumes updated in terms of job duties, new skills acquired and employment references.

Summer Semester - July and August

Work Practicum IV - 240 hours
Students are guided and supported on the job through ongoing communication with their employer and their Employment Specialist. Individualized job search activities and marketing are provided to students seeking new or additional work practicums.