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Community Social Work Diploma
Established in 1968, Portage College serves over 1,000 full-time students each year. The corporate centre is located in Lac La Biche, with regional service centres in Cold Lake and St. Paul, and community campuses in Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, and Boyle.
Portage offers more than 50 certificate and diploma programs in areas such as academic upgrading and job readiness, business, forestry and natural resources, general studies, health and wellness, human services, Native cultural arts, trades and technical, and university studies. In addition, many courses transfer to other colleges and universities.
Portage College provides small class sizes to allow more time with instructors. The Learning Assistance Centre offers educational support to help students achieve academic success. The Lac La Biche campus includes a student residence, full service cafeteria, family housing, and a student activity centre. The College is a strong competitor in ice hockey, and offers recreational facilities for students, as well.
Satellite Campuses or Offices
Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Saddle Lake, St. Paul
Program Type Standard
Credential Type Diploma
Length 2 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
Program Description: The Community Social Work (CSW) program is a two-year course of studies leading to a diploma upon the successful completion of both years. The program uses a generalist social work model to prepare learners for working in the human services field as entry-level social workers. Learners develop the knowledge, skills and values required to provide support to individuals, families, groups, and communities. Key areas of study in this program include: interviewing skills, situation assessment, referral to community agencies, social policy issues and designing, developing and delivering community programs to meet the expressed concerns or issues of clients. Self-growth and interpersonal/human relationship building exercises allow students to better understand themselves and others. Courses in Anthropology (Aboriginal studies), Rural and Northern Practice and Addictions are offered to prepare students to work in rural, northern and remote communities. An essential part of the program is the learning gained from 420 hours of supervised field practicum experience and 30 hours of Integrated Seminar time in each year of the program. The field practicum offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom, practice skills, assess their performance and gain work experience in a community setting. Entrance Requirements: Grade 12 or equivalent with minimum of 60% in English 30-1 or 30 or minimum of 70 per cent in English 30-2 or 33, three academic/professional letters of reference (within the last 5 years), signed Student Agreement form, Criminal Record Check Waiver and Child Welfare Prior Involvement Check. Community Social Work Yr 1 courses required to continue into Community Social Work Diploma. Software Requirements: Please refer to the following link. http://moodle.portagecollege.ca/file.php/1/MinimumRequirements-Moodle/Technical_requirements.htm
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2022/08/01 to 2023/07/31*.
Tuition $4,713.00 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,260.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees $350.00 Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.
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Updated October 22, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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