SPECTRUM: Lifespan Autism Resources & Training is an exciting, innovative online course. Increase your awareness and understanding of practical resources and approaches for support in schools, home and community.
Education Assistant & Community Support Worker Program
Do you have a strong desire to support others through a challenging and rewarding career. As an Education Assistant & Community Support Worker, you'll help children and adults living with disabilities, along with their families, teachers and other support professionals. Earn your certificate at Selkirk College in nine months and be employment ready. Applications are being accepted for Fall 2021.
Consider This Program If You Are
Caring and empathetic
Genuinely interested in working with people
Comfortable advocating for others
Flexible and able to adapt to diversity
A good communicator
Prepare for Leadership
Ready for work as an Educational Assistant, Community Support Worker or Job Coach
You will be prepared for lifelong learning and continued post-secondary education
Foster your commitment to personal and professional wellness
Develop your working knowledge of the importance of community partnerships
Depth in the Development of
Solid value base (heart) and
Professional skills practice (hands)
Assist Others With
Your Education Assistant & Community Support Worker Program Certificate serves as your prerequisite for entry into the following Human Services Diploma Specialty for a total of two years of study at Selkirk:
Child and Youth Care Specialty
The Social Service Worker Human Services Diploma Specialty can be taken by Education Assistant & Community Support Worker Program graduates - additional bridging courses are required. This program also transfers to related universities.
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An innovative online course offering resources about Autism Spectrum Disorder developed at Selkirk College appeared before a world audience at the Hawaii International Conference on Education taking place this January. Barely a year after SPECTRUM launched, hundreds of people in the West Kootenay and across the country have taken advantage of the Lifespan Autism Resources & Training according to Selkirk College instructor Jane Green, one of the driving forces behind the project.
You may recognize John Ryan as leader of the Moving Mosaic Samba Band. The band plays traditional Brazilian rhythms at festivals around the West Kootenay, connecting with community its mission. Just a few years ago, Ryan took this mission to heart as he sought out a new path.
Fostering inclusive community is important to students in the Classroom & Community Support Worker (CCSW) Program at Selkirk College. As they learn skills to help them work with people with differing abilities in both classroom and community contexts, advocating for those they support is paramount.
What People are Saying
I would and have recommended this course to others. When researching the CCSW program someone told me that this was the preferred program for hiring by the school district. Students are well supported and even if you struggle there are many avenues for help.
This program has changed my life. It has changed how I see the world, others as well as myself. I always tell people this is a "life" course and that I truly believe everyone would benefit from taking it.
This is a great program for anybody looking to get involved with classroom and/or community support work. The syllabus is packed with relevant information, and the underlying lessons in compassion and awareness truly shine through. I won’t regret this past year spent at Selkirk!