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.

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Program name
Transitions to Post-Secondary Education
12 months (3 semesters)
Starting month
September, January, April
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Closed
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 April
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description

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.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

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.

Required Courses



semester courses
CodeCourse name
PREP1021Life Skills 
PREP1022Career & Life Transitions I
COMP1216Computer Skills I
STS1001Strategies for Student Success
COMM1003English Skills
COMM1007College English
 Choose one elective from list below



semester courses
CodeCourse name
PREP1031Group Dynamics
PREP1032Career & Life Transitions II
COMP1217Computer Skills 2
GHUM1025Speaking with Confidence
COMM1007College English
 Choose one elective from list below



semester courses
CodeCourse name
PREP1041Community Engagement
PREP1042Career & Life Transitions III
COMP1218Technology for Communication
SSCI1037Psychology of Adult Development
 Choose two electives from list below


semester courses
CodeCourse name
LIBA1041Creative Exploration
LIBA1042Writing your Life: the Art of Personal Narrative
HLTH1035Introduction to Health and Wellness
PREP1034Applied Life Skills
SSCI1039The Medium and the Message
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

Students who complete this program go on to a wide range of employment and educational opportunities depending on their interests and previous experience. Some choose to make a career change, and many go on to other post-secondary programs before seeking employment.


No fee*

Additional Cost

* Students in this program do not pay tuition or fees. This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of:

  • English reading & writing skills
  • Self-identified experience of mental health and/or addictions barriers
  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)

Intake process involves the following:

  1. Attend an info session
  2. Complete an application
  3. Write an English assessment

Course Exemptions

Certain college or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions.
Two computer courses are also eligible for prior learning assessment, based on your previous education and experiential learning.

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How Do I Apply to the Program

Contact Us

Contact the program office at 416-415-5000, ext. 2458 or email Christopher Millado at

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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