Algonquin College

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Pathways to Indigenous Empowerment - Preparation

Algonquin College

Faculty:General Arts and Science
Field of Study:Aboriginal Studies
Course Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,019

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This one-year Ontario College Certificate, designed in collaboration with Indigenous communities, provides you with the opportunity to develop academic and career skills while exploring traditional knowledge and building a set of transferable skills. This program helps you to explore your abilities and interestes, determine your career options and learn in a post-secondary setting.

Unique program elements such as individualized program delivery and personal weekly coaching sessions build a circle of care to engage your interests and nurture self-confidence. You are invited to explore the College and the Ottawa community by taking part in learning activities on and around the campus and by participating in various field trips.

With courses in subjects such as math, computers, and communications along with courses that explore traditional Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, this program helps you to prepare for further post-secondary studies or to expand your readiness for employment. It represents and shares Indigenous valus that foster an inclusive, culturally meaningful approach to education and career options that connect your interests with your community.

As a graduate, you may apply for further post-secondary programs or apply for work that suits your knowledge, skills and abilities. Completion of this certificate confirms to potential employers that you are able to learn at a post-secondary level. Since career exploration and planning is a key component of this program, employment opportunities within your home community may be an outcome of coursework activities and community engagement.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
    Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
    General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
    Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 will be charged.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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