The Community Worker program is one of the few programs of its kind in North America. It is approved by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as an equivalent to the Social Service Work program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology. As such, graduates of this program are eligible to apply for a certificate of registration from the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Once registered, graduates may add the initials "RSSW" (for registered Social Service Worker) behind their name in correspondence.
This program prepares students to work with individuals, groups and communities towards progressive social change.
Students will have the opportunity to learn about, understand and analyze the systemic ways in which current issues, needs and injustices have developed and continue to be experienced by Canada’s many marginalized communities. Information will be presented from a variety of perspectives including:
This program has been structured to integrate theory with hands-on practice to strengthen the learning experience.
The curriculum is:
- critically engaging
Faculty members are passionate about the program and its subject matter, and bring their diverse education and experience, both local and international, to the classroom to create a dynamic learning environment.
Read Community Worker program full description.
Your Field Study Options
Students have the opportunity to develop practical skills and gain valuable work experience by completing 600 hours of supervised placements.
Based on adult learning principles, Community Worker program students select their own field placements where they can best pursue their professional interests. Some examples of communities students may choose to work with include:
- immigrant and refugee communities
- women's groups
- people facing multiple challenges
The placement is spread over semesters 2, 3 and 4.*
First-year students have the option to apply for an international placement in either Cuba or Jamaica.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).
In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.
To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes