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Ontario College Diploma

Community Worker – Outreach and Development

Duration

This program is not currently offered. However, you may be interested in our Social Service Worker or Child and Youth Care programs.

Bring positive change to communities from the grassroots up.

Program Overview

Essential training

This program teaches you how to facilitate and organize a grassroots effort, equipping you with skills to empower a local, regional or international community to bring about change. You'll get real-world experience through the program's 575+ hours of field placement, and you'll benefit from our professors' strong connections in the community.

What you'll learn

  • Community engagement and leadership
  • Advocacy and conflict resolution
  • Partnership and coalition building
  • Human rights and community organizing
  • Fundraising and grant writing

University links

The Community Worker – Outreach and Development diploma program has an articulation agreement with Athabasca University. Credits count towards the Bachelor of Professional Arts in the Human Service Major program.

Additional information

You’ll also gain skills and knowledge in:

  • Facilitating groups and workshops
  • Health promotion
  • Applied research
  • Program planning
  • Participatory community development
  • Community economic development
  • Developing and conducting surveys
  • Non-profit marketing

Professors are experienced community workers. In addition to full academic qualifications, all have strong connections in the community.

Field placement

In Year 2 you'll engage in a placement that will help build your employability skill-set. You'll spend two days per week in field placement in Term 3, and in Term 4 field placement is three days per week plus one block week.

Awards

Awards are granted in this program based on community leadership and academic excellence.


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Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    PSRV 13566Conflict Resolution and Peace Building3
    SOCI 13676Human Rights and Community Organizing3
    PSRV 12511Community Engagement3
    CSRV 10016 Introduction to Community Worker3
    COMM 19999Essential Communications3
    GNEDGeneral Education Elective3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    CSRV 14601 Foundations of Counselling 3
    CSRV 12935Community Advocacy3
    CSRV 14115 Community Based Research 3
    CSRV 10738Group Facilitation3
    FLPL 10065Field Preparation – CWOD3
    GNED General Education Elective 3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    HEAL 17629Community Health Promotion3
    PSRV 15037Program Planning and Evaluation 3
    PSRV 18783 Fundraising and Grant Writing (Blended)3
    FLPL 21044Practicum 1: CWOD11
    Total:20
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    CSRV 20441 Advanced Issues in Community Work3
    CSRV 12903Non-Profit Marketing and Community Outreach3
    FLPL 21632Practicum 2: CWOD11
    GNED General Education Elective 3
    Total:20
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    PSRV 13566 Mediation and Conflict Resolution 3
    CSRV 12903 Non-Profit Marketing and Community Outreach 3
    PSRV 18783 Fundraising and Grantwriting3
    BUSM 11249 Community Leadership3
    FLPL 28350 Practicum Seminar 1 2
    FLPL 29901 Practicum 1 8
    Total:22
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    CSRV 20441 Advanced Issues in Community Development 3
    PSRV 15037 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
    FLPL 25524 Practicum Seminar 2: Community Outreach 3
    FLPL 22361 Practicum 2: Community Outreach 9
    GNED General Education Elective 3
    Total:21

Courses subject to change.

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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

or

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements

Sheridan field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current acceptable record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities. Please refer to Sheridan's health services' immunization information, or come in to one of the campus health centres.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

Career Opportunities

A Sheridan education enhances your job prospects. When you complete your Community Worker diploma program, you’ll be qualified to work in a variety of sectors.

Here are some areas in which you might work:

  • Community engagement
  • Conflict resolution
  • Fundraising and proposal writing
  • Health promotion
  • Non-profit marketing
  • Program planning

Degree Completion

Learning Outcomes

Program Outcomes:

  • Work with communities to build change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.
  • Create a community engagement plan utilizing principles of community leadership and volunteer management.
  • Plan, design and manage a fundraising project using creative and effective techniques and strategies.
  • Develop competency in community work roles ranging from direct service to classical advocacy and organizing.
  • Analyze social inequalities and demonstrate creativity in meeting community needs.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and community partners.
  • Develop a community outreach plan in response to a community issue using marketing techniques with a social justice lens.
  • Facilitate conflict resolution and consensus building among groups and individuals through effective mediation strategies and skills.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Fees For Canadian Students
Fees for International Students

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

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