The beauty of creation lies in the fact that each one of us is unique. Everyone has their set strengths and weaknesses. All people should learn to embrace their strengths and strive to improve and grow.
At Columbia College of Alberta, we value the uniqueness of every student and have various courses designed for different students. We have 6 courses for individuals with developmental disabilities that are part of our Employment Program in our Community Support Services Department.
1. Personal Development:
This course is designed to help students develop a positive attitude towards life. There are tasks which help improve their decision-making, team building, goal-setting, problem-solving, grooming, interpersonal skills, assertiveness, communication skills, and leadership skills. Our goal is to make students independent and capable individuals who can secure good jobs and contribute to society.
2. Computer Basics and Work-related Academics:
In this course, students are taught computer basics such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others. We also cover math basics, reading skills and spelling skills. This course can benefit students who intend to work in the service industry. If they develop an interest in the course topics then they can study further and update their knowledge in these areas.
3. Job Maintenance
In today’s stressful work environment, it is not easy to maintain competitive employment. This course aims to help students to deal with issues at work and the challenges they have to face to succeed in the industry. There are modules which discuss the possible issues that may arise at the workplace and the course of action for each.
4. Work Experience
This course provides students with insights in the area of his/her chosen occupation. Students get a chance to hone their skills, develop new skills and explore the profession they aspire to get into. Staff will be responsible for securing work experience placement for students in their area of interest. All work experience placements involve a formal agreement between Columbia College, the student, and the employer.
5. Job Search/Job Placement
The Job search course is designed to help students to enhance their knowledge of various jobs. We enable them to gain competitive and independent employment. The modules in this course discuss resume writing, job search, cover letters, contacting employers, networking, interview skills and thank you letters. Basically, this course prepares students to go out and get a job.
6. Job Safety
The job safety course is created to help students stay safe at their workplace. It provides information on personal safety management, fire safety, ergonomics, and first-aid practice. We enlighten students about the provisions of the worker’s compensation board.
Our graduates have secured jobs in various fields and are doing well in their respective careers. If you are looking for courses for an individual with a developmental disability then contact us for more information.