Transitions to Post-Secondary Education is a supported education, three-semester program for individuals who identify mental health and/or addictions challenges as barriers to education and/or employment. The program provides students with the opportunity to assess new pathways to academic and employment success.
Courses offered in the program focus on helping students develop new strategies and skills, set realistic goals, create career plans, and understand and address individual challenges to employment, academic and interpersonal success.
Students develop greater self-awareness and self-confidence through courses such as Life Skills and Community Engagement. Courses such as Strategies for Student Success, College English and Speaking with Confidence help students gain skills in time management, organization, essay writing and presentations. In Career and Life Transitions, students engage in vocational exploration to help determine their interests and strengths, carry out occupational research, set goals and develop an understanding of workplace accommodations.
Woven throughout the program is an emphasis on communication, problem-solving, self-management, goal setting and interpersonal skills.
Upon completing the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate gains in interpersonal skills.
- Use strategies to address barriers to education and employment.
- Apply skills learned in the program to other social, educational and vocational contexts.
- Articulate future plans for further post-secondary study and/or employment.
- Develop a skills portfolio that will assist in transitions to other post-secondary programs and/or employment settings.
Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. 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.
In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.