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Focus For Change

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
0407
School:
Career and Academic Access
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

Specially designed for women, the Focus for Change program provides an opportunity for women to participate in academic and self-assessment, and career/employment planning. Based on the results, students will research careers/employment that best suit their needs. Through information interviews, job shadows and labour market research, students will develop realistic goals and create an action plan to achieve those goals. Individually and in groups, students will build effective communication skills, practice assertiveness, and build problem-solving abilities. The program also includes participation in a work/training shadowing opportunity and development of a learning plan to prepare for GED, for entry into further training programs, post-secondary programs, or to gain employment. The program includes upgrading in communications, math and computer skills.

Program Information

Length: 14-16 week Certificate program
Location: Cambridge (Downtown), Waterloo and Guelph
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

No Tuition. You may be eligible for childcare subsidy and/or travel allowance.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for continuing academic upgrading, further career exploration, skills training, post-secondary programs, employment or to write the GED.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1260 Preparatory Communications for Assessment

Description: This course enables students to establish their starting point in Preparatory Communications and to begin work on chosen topics. Topics will be selected for each student based on academic background and educational/vocational goal. Objectives may include reading and writing skills.
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ETR1010 Personal Management

Description: This course provides students with the opportunity for managing their personal development. Students will develop their own personal profile which will include an exploration of temperament type and skill identification with an introduction to Essential Skills. Students will gain experience using various problem-solving skills to increase the effectiveness in interpersonal relationships, goal setting, stress and time management. Students will select outcomes according to personal background and educational/vocational goals.
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ETR1020 Career Building

Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to examine, understand, manage and engage in their own career building process. Students will research labour market information and the trends affecting the current work world. Students will be introduced to the Essential Skills framework in relation to employer expectations. Students develop a portfolio by assessing their personal profiles and creating an employment/training plan. Research and the decision making process will include participation in a self-directed research/career observation period experience. Students will use computers for research and word processing purposes. Students will select outcomes according to personal background and educational/vocational goals.
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ETR1030 Employment Strategies

Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to examine strategies for gaining and maintaining employment, including the Essential Skills required in today's work place. The course will prepare students to conduct an effective work search. It will include exploring employment opportunities, completing portfolios, writing resumes and employment letters, practicing interviews and discussing employer/employee expectations. Students will select outcomes according to personal background and educational/vocational goals.
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MATH1370 Preparatory Mathematics for Assessment

Description: This course enables students to establish their starting point in Preparatory Mathematics and to begin to learn and apply strategies and skills to solve problems in basic arithmetic.
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Program Outcomes

How to Apply to the Program

Please contact the program directly at the campus of your choice:

Cambridge
Sandra Pluim-Siefert
Tel: 519-623-4890, ext. 7502
Email: spluimsiefert@conestogac.on.ca

Guelph
Margaret Heard
Tel: 519-824-9390, ext. 6192
Email: mheard@conestogac.on.ca

Waterloo
Jeri-Lou Nowak
Tel: 519-885-0300, ext. 5243
Email: jnowak@conestogac.on.ca

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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