One-year diploma (post Education Assistant/Community Support certificate)
Career possibilities: Be prepared for a wide range of employment opportunities including community support worker, mental health and addictions positions, family support worker and education assistant.
The Human Services diploma prepares you for employment in human services agencies that require two years of education and training.
If you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree, the Human Services diploma may provide you with transfer credit toward education, social work or child and youth care programs in the province. If you are planning to continue on to a university degree program, speak with an educational advisor to ensure your elective choices are transferable.
Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more
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Attend a group information session. This mandatory session is designed to assist students in making an informed decision about pursuing a career in Human Services. The admissions department will send you an invitation with details regarding the date and time of the information session. Please note: NIC students who have completed their EACSW certificate are not required to attend this session.
Once accepted to the program but before classes begin, you will be required to:
Completion of the Human Services Education Assistant/Community Support Certificate or Human Services Education Assistant/Community Support Certificate, Indigenous Focus
5 courses totaling 15 credits chosen from:
Plus 5 courses totaling 15 credits chosen from: Any English, humanities, or social sciences courses that transfer to BC degree granting institutions.
Practicum opportunities are an important component of the program, allowing you to integrate theory with practical experience in the community. You will connect with industry leaders and receive mentorship and guidance as you work directly with vulnerable populations. This could include local community organizations or international opportunities, depending on availability.
Weekly seminars provide additional learning and connections of theory with practice. You will be placed in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, agencies that support families or individuals who are struggling with financial or family challenges, violence, addiction or mental health. This allows you to learn exactly what the job entails and what skills are required. If you are interested in education and community support or behaviour interventionism you will be provided with practice placements relative to those fields.
This is a holistic approach to learning, and many students report that gaining related work experience while pursuing their education is helpful in obtaining employment afterwards.
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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