Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Douglas offers new Employment Supports Specialty program

Interested in helping people who have disabilities or barriers to finding employment get - and keep - a meaningful job?

This January, Douglas College will begin offering its new Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate program. Taken fully online, this flexible, part-time program is the first of its kind in Canada and is open to anyone interested in helping people with barriers transition into the workplace.


What you'll learn


  • Special topic areas, including customized employment, self-employment, fidelity scales and social enterprise
  • Introduction and applications of employment supports model
  • Historical and contemporary constructions of disability from a variety of perspectives
  • Examination of barriers to employment for disadvantaged groups
  • Marketing essentials

Wendy Parry, Coordinator, says the program is an ideal fit for a broad spectrum of career professionals, such as human resources staff at socially responsible organizations that hire people with disabilities, parole officers helping people coming out of the corrections system, and high school guidance counsellors working with graduates who have, for example, autism, who want to enter the workforce.

"The program is designed to meet the needs of anybody who wants to work in any of these sorts of positions, in many different areas," Wendy says. "They'll come away with a very specific skill set which will allow them to assist people with barriers find competitive employment."

The advantages


  • Earn 15 credits (5 courses) over 2 semesters
  • PLAR up to 75 percent of the program
  • 100 percent online - accessible to anyone, anywhere, any time
  • flexible entry requirements
  • open to applicants across Canada

For more information on the Employment Supports Specialty program, visit our website or contact Wendy by email or at 604 527 5813.