Career Awareness

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Explore employment options and gain practical experience in community-based work settings. Intended for adults with cognitive disabilities.

Tuition: 1867*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 38 0 weeks
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Sep

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Develop a personal, education and career plan
  • Describe reasonable education/workplace accommodations/adjustments and supports and use strategies to assist in skill acquisition
  • Apply safety practices and principles at work
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner in the workplace, consistent with industry standards
  • Work with limited direct supervision while developing an employable skill
  • Apply health and wellness concepts to personal, educational, and employment goals

What to expect

The training needs of the student are met through a program that includes community awareness, generic work skills, specific skill training, career exploration, and work experience placements.

The program consists of classroom learning activities, three (3) work experiences, and two (2) planning meetings.  Orientation and introduction to basic job readiness skills and career exploration is complemented by industry tours. Classroom learning components alternate with work experience placements suited to the student’s strengths and abilities.

Planning meetings monitor students’ progress in the program, set goals, and identify strategies for success. Participation of family members or support persons is at the student’s discretion.

Students benefit from a realistic and practical exposure to the workplace through work experience placements. Faculty work closely with students to determine interests and abilities when choosing work sites. The instructor provides ongoing support to the student while he/she is at a work experience site, and the student is expected to work independently once familiar with required duties.

Admission requirements


  • Admission is based on two (2) screening interviews 
    • The first screening interview is with the CACE Student Services Assistant for Students with Disabilities to determine the applicant’s suitability for the program, according to an admission checklist 
    • If the applicant is successful in the first interview, they will have a second interview with the Career Awareness faculty 
    • Interviews are documented and a checklist is used to determine eligibility 
    • Applicants may be asked to sign a release of information so documentation can be provided to faculty to support the application 
  • Admissibility is based on the following criteria: 
    • Permission of the department 
    • Diagnosis or history that identifies difficulty with learning 
    • Comfort and tolerance of an alternative learning environment designed for students with diverse learning needs 
    • Proven motivation to work and perform tasks without ongoing direct supervision, supported by previous reports or assessments 
    • Ability and willingness to travel independently to the college and workplace 
    • A checklist is used to document behaviours, emotional problems, or medical conditions that could significantly impair learning or compromise the safety of the student and/or others 
    • Independently manage own medication 
    • Demonstrate appropriate personal hygiene, and have the ability to independently attend to personal care needs

Upon Acceptance 

  • Students in this program may be required to complete a CRC prior to their work experience placement. The CRC must be completed according to VCC's Criminal Record Check instructions. Students whose CRC results indicate they pose a risk to vulnerable populations will not be able to complete the requirements of the program (e.g. work experiences) or graduate. 


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • sincere motivation to work
  • mature attitude
  • stable living situation
  • ability to operate independently in the community without supervision
  • have a community support network

Courses *

The program consists of approximately 26 weeks of classroom activities and 12 weeks of supervised community work experiences matched to the student's interests and abilities.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 1867
Student union64
College initiative108
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource75
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 0
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 398
Program-specific extra fees0
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