Focus For Change
- Program Code:
- Career and Academic Access
- Academic Year:
- 2016 / 2017
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramSpecially 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 InformationLength: 14-16 week Certificate program
Location: Cambridge (Downtown), Waterloo and Guelph
- 19 years of age or older (Age exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must be women receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program benefits.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants will be admitted to this program based on program eligibility requirements and the applicant's academic assessment results.
- Applicants for this program must be able to receive instruction and respond in the English language and may be required to complete the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment and achieve Benchmark 7 in Listening/Speaking, Reading, and Writing Descriptors.
- Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements may be considered on an individual basis.
- Applicants are assessed for program suitability through an interview with program personnel.
- Applicants are required to attend a program information session.
- Applicants are required to complete an information questionnaire.
- Agencies may refer clients who meet eligibility criteria.
- Applicants for this program must reflect the desire and interest to participate in a work or training entry/re-entry program.
- Applicants for this program must be able and willing to participate in interactive group learning processes.
Tuition & FeesNo Tuition. You may be eligible for childcare subsidy and/or travel allowance.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates 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 TransferConestoga 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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
- Apply effective and appropriate communication skills.
- Build self esteem by identifying personal strengths, feelings, beliefs, values, attitudes and recognize how they affect self and others.
- Articulate and evaluate various problem solving processes and develop strategies to respond to life and work situations.
- Apply the skill of goal setting.
- Become knowledgeable of available community resources and know how to access them.
- Identify the characteristics of a team.
- Develop a personal inventory of accomplishments, skills, values and preferences.
- Explore the changing nature of life and work roles including labour market information.
- Develop a training plan for academic and or career goals.
- Develop effective resumes and employment letters and forms.
- Employ effective interviews techniques.
- Practice effective work search strategies.
- Practice strategies essential to maintaining employment.
- Participate in a variety of activities, reflecting individual, occupational and employment goals.
- Achieve an elementary understanding of and skills in the use of personal computers.
- Assess and determine current skill levels in communications and mathematics.
- Complete a Training Plan to reflect employment or occupational goal and/or training requirements, skill program entry date and training and academic upgrading requirements, if necessary.
How to Apply to the ProgramPlease contact the program directly at the campus of your choice:
Tel: 519-623-4890, ext. 7502
Tel: 519-824-9390, ext. 6192
Tel: 519-885-0300, ext. 5243
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.