Algonquin College

Course Details

General Arts and Science - Community Studies

Course Description

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program is designed for students who are interested in the social services. The program prepares students for success in a variety of programs including Child and Youth Worker, Developmental Services Worker, Early Childhood Education and Social Service Worker. Students explore their interests, aptitudes, and skills, assess career choices, experience college delivery of course material and generally prepare for further postsecondary studies. Graduates of this one-year program are eligible to receive an Ontario College Certificate in General Arts and Science - One Year, with concentration in Community Studies. Graduates can apply to another program at the College or continue their studies in Year II of the General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program. Some credits may be considered as transfer credits towards other college programs. Two-Year Diploma Program This two-year Ontario College Diploma program begins in September (for graduates of the one-year certificate program) and in January. Year II provides a well-balanced selection of courses in the social sciences and humanities. On successful completion of Year II, students receive an Ontario College Diploma. Graduates of the diploma program may be eligible to transfer some credits towards a university degree. SUCCESS FACTORS This program is well-suited for students who: Possess good (oral and written) communication skills. Enjoy helping others. Are flexible and reliable. Are effective team members.

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Career outcomes

A General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate or Ontario College Diploma demonstrates to employers, colleges and universities that graduates have the ability to learn at a postsecondary level, have enhanced skills in oral and written communication, can conduct research in a systematic manner, and are flexible and open to meeting new challenges. These are important attributes in a world where change is rapid and adaptability is an asset.

General Arts and Science - Community Studies Algonquin College