Education and Skills for Employment
About the Program:
Next program intake: September 13, 2021 – March 11, 2022
The Education and Skills for Employment program is designed to increase the success of people with cognitive disabilities in a variety of areas of employment.
Through individual learning plans, courses introduce students to workplace skills, provide the opportunity to demonstrate employment readiness and open the door for future learning and employment in our communities and beyond. This program combines an interactive classroom experience with work placement within the community.
This program is currently offered through our Cranbrook campus.
Your first step to applying to this program is to schedule an interview. Please contact the Program Coordinator at the Cranbrook campus to schedule a meeting.
Course content includes:
- Interpersonal skills
- Oral and written communications
- Organizational skills
- Job readiness skills such as punctuality, reliability, workplace behaviour, etc.
- Computer training
- Employment-focused training in First Aid, personal safety, WHMIS, and Foodsafe
- Nutrition/food preparation skills
- Health and safety skills
Education and Skills for Employment students are required to complete workplace practicums during the course of the program. These workplace practicums are an integral part of the program where students can apply what they have learned to the workplace environment and real life situations.
College of the Rockies works with community partners to identify and secure work placements for the students. If required, practicum students will be provided with Job Coaches to ensure a successful experience for both students and employers.
- Monday to Friday
- Class times to be determined
- Students should expect to be in class 20 hours/week
ESEP-001 – Communication Skills for Life and Employment
In this course, students learn the skills necessary to communicate effectively. Students will read, write, speak, and listen as a means to develop purposeful skills in preparation for finding and maintaining employment. Students also actively participate in a number of activities to help them live successfully in today’s diverse world.
ESEP-002 – Money and Math Skills
This course develops math skills that will be helpful for employment. Students will be given a variety of assignments and exercises dealing with numbers and money.
ESEP-003 – Job Exploration and Readiness Skills
In this course, students determine their personal preferences for jobs, research the skills needed for these jobs, complete various inventories/assessments related to the education and employment for these jobs, participate in goal planning, and develop workable strategies in preparation to obtain employment. In addition, students will become aware of their rights as workers and citizens in BC.
ESEP-004 – Occupational Skills and Work Experience
This course provides students with in-class experiential instruction combined with practical work experience. Students are supported in job shadowing situations and /or actual work placement assignments. Since this course has a work experience component, the jobs students participate in will vary depending on availability and location. The classroom component of the course may touch on jobs such as kitchen help, ground maintenance, janitorial, retail, and clerical. These options can change at any time.
ESEP-005 – Personal and Occupational Health, Wellness, and Safety
This course looks at health and safety from a personal and occupational perspective with an emphasis on the occupational side. Students will be exposed to FoodSafe, First Aid, and WHMIS materials allowing them the opportunity to obtain certification if it fits within their educational plan. The course is experiential in nature and involves a lot of hands activities and demonstrations.
ESEP-006 – Job Search Skills
This course is intended to guide students through a personal job search. After participating in Occupational Skills and Work Experience 004, students will update their resumes and look for their own jobs. In order to do this, students will learn networking skills as well as how to use community resources available to them.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and have an identified and documented cognitive disability.
Evidence of a documented cognitive disability could be one of the following:
- A psych-educational assessment
- A copy of an IEP or transcript including the school’s assessment
- Documentation of disability from a medical specialist
Students are also required to have:
- Successfully completed an interview and an assessment test
- Emotional stability – have no behavioural or emotional issues that would significantly interfere with the learning environment
- The ability to learn individually and participate in a group setting
- The ability and desire to work at a job
Students who don’t have the appropriate documentation may be admitted conditionally on the recommendation of the instructor with the approval of the department head.
Tuition and Fees
|Student Association Fee:||$55.20|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$88.80|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
This program qualifies for the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG). The AUG provides needs-based grants to students enrolled in developmental programs. These grants are intended to off set the costs associated with tuition, fees, books, unsubsidized childcare and transportation for students most in need of financial assistance. Please inquire about other funding that may also be available.