As the cold weather begins to set in, life gets particularly hard for the homeless. Meet a George Brown grad who knows that first hand, but in just six years, has gone from living on the street to becoming a college graduate and a leader in the field of social services.
“In speaking to others in the field, George Brown has a really strong reputation…When I work with people who graduated from social service worker programs at other colleges, I feel like I got so much more out of my program. It really is an amazing school.” - Jolene Stowell, Social Service Worker graduate.
Graduates of the School of Social and Community Services have found fulfilling roles across all sectors of society as coaches, counsellors, educators, support workers, and advocates. Many of our alumni say that their positive contributions today are a direct result of their learning at George Brown.
Four decades of community relations
The School of Social and Community Services has been around for over 40 years. That’s a long time to build strong relationships and solidify a reputation as the place to go for social services education or a Career and Work counsellor diploma.
George Brown has over 1,000 relationships with community agencies, which is one of the top reasons why graduates are so well prepared for their dream jobs. They gain valuable practical experience through field placements which are a component of all programs. It’s not just learning that happens through these placements. Students network for employment at the same time. In fact, many alumni work for the employers who gave them their initial start as students.
In small town Nova Scotia, where Monica Melanson grew up, rarely does someone go missing or spend weeks at a time alone in their homes, ill or dying. This is not the case in her adopted city of Toronto where sometimes people do get lost. Her George Brown education gave her the skills to bring them back into the fold.
Involved in the arts from a young age, Nicole Hamilton has worked as a performer, and facilitator, earning a teacher’s certification under the Canadian Dance Masters of America. Her extensive volunteer work with women and children, however, had made her determined to pursue a career as a counsellor.