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Start Dates

  • September 05, 2023
Program Delivery

  • In Class

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Program Description

We acknowledge that the land on which we offer this program is the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, and is also home of Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.  

Indigenous Pathways to Employment is a 12-month program to prepare learners for further education and employment. Indigenous Pathways to Employment is an innovative approach to Indigenous education that supports Truth and Reconciliation. It offers a supportive training model that weaves Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing in an educational setting.

This program will give you an interactive learning environment based on the Medicine Wheel. It will support your self-identity as an Indigenous person through the teachings of Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Indigenous professionals in the community.

Program Details

The program runs for three terms (52 weeks), beginning in September 2022, on the Main Campus of Bow Valley College.  You will attend the program in-person for 4.5 hours each day, Monday to Friday (22.5 hrs/week).  As a student in the program, you will be supplied with a laptop.

Learning Modules 

Through authentic learning experiences, you will develop applied skills important for employment, education, and community building. Modules covered include:

  • Communication and Speaking Your Truth
  • Financial Wellness
  • Skills for Career and Employment
  • Ambassadors and Leaders in Community
  • Goal Setting for Success
  •  Digital Skills for Work and Life

Upon completing the Pathways to Employment program, learners have the option to continue their studies in Bow Valley College’s Academic Upgrading Program (Foundational Learning or High School). The program will also prepare students for direct transition into the workforce.

Admission Requirements

There are no formal academic pre-requisites for this program. Applicants are accepted into the program based on the following criteria:

  • First Nations, Metis, or Inuit ancestry (status or non-status)
  • A functional/basic level of literacy (verified by placement test or transcripts)
  • Ability to attend the program on campus
  • Ready, willing, and able to participate in all program components

To Apply to this Program

For more information, or to start your application, please contact April Bellegarde, Indigenous Student Recruitment Specialist, at abellegarde@bowvalleycollege.ca or 403-476-2256 (call or text).

Financial Support

Our academic upgrading programs are eligible for Learner Income Support funding. Government of Alberta Learner Income Support (formerly "Alberta Works") is a financial support program managed by the Government of Alberta to support Alberta residents access adult education to help them towards more sustainable employment. Financial support may be available to you. This program may also qualify for other sources of funding.

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Welcome Centre

April Bellegarde
Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-476-2256
abellegarde@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts for high school courses successfully completed in Canada within the last 7 years; or

Welcome Centre

April Bellegarde
Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-476-2256
abellegarde@bowvalleycollege.ca

Course Listing


Full course outlines are available here.

Curriculum subject to change.

Courses

Work Readiness Level 1 supports students' Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing by fostering two-eyed seeing in a workplace setting. Learners will create a work portfolio to showcase their learning throughout the course, enabling them to illustrate specific knowledge, skills, and strategies. Learning outcomes will be achieved through a variety of pathways with a focus on literacy, numeracy, and technology.

Indigenous Pathways to Employment provides an educational experience that integrates Indigenous knowledge, traditions, and values, to respond to the academic and employment goals of the learner, along with promoting mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Learners in this course develop skills in literacy, digital use, communication, collaboration, and other transferrable skills used in work, learning, and life.

Indigenous Pathways to Employment provides an educational experience that integrates Indigenous knowledge, traditions, and values, to respond to the academic and employment goals of the learner, along with promoting mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Learners in this course develop skills in literacy, digital use, communication, collaboration, and other transferrable skills used in work, learning, and life.

Indigenous Pathways to Employment provides an educational experience that integrates Indigenous knowledge, traditions, and values, to respond to the academic and employment goals of the learner, along with promoting mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Learners in this course develop skills in literacy, digital use, communication, collaboration, and other transferrable skills used in work, learning, and life.

Work Indigenous Pathways to Employment provides an educational experience that integrates Indigenous knowledge, traditions, and values, to respond to the academic and employment goals of the learner, along with promoting mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Learners in this course develop skills in literacy, digital use, communication, collaboration, and other transferrable skills used in work, learning, and life.

Related Programs
Upgrading

Indigenous Foundational Learning

This program is for Indigenous learners who would like to improve academic skills and build confidence in preparation for the workplace or post-secondary.


Upgrading

High School

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