The Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program is a two-year Ontario College Certificate program which offers a combination of academic courses and cooperative education opportunities.
The program is open to adults with Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mild Intellectual Disabilities or Brain Injury and provides students a unique opportunity to continue their education in a college environment. The core CICE learning focuses on personal development, human growth and essential employability skills which include interpersonal and workplace communications, functional mathematics, career exploration and readiness, health and wellness.
Our program has a holistic approach to each student’s development, with a strong focus on academics and applied learning experiences in the community during second, third and fourth semesters. We support students in the following ways:
- Provide an inclusive learning experience across all areas of the college
- Strengthen independence and self-confidence in order to enhance active participation in the community
- Interact with other students to reach personal, academic and vocational goals
- Build workplace skills through academic and vocational (applied learning) work placements
- Receive on-the-job training from leading employers in the Peterborough area
In addition to the core CICE curriculum, students choose general education electives and program specific courses from across the college. Some possible areas of focus include: recreational assistant, kitchen assistant, office administration assistant, early childhood educational assistant and hospitality/tourism assistant. Course learning outcomes are modified by an Integration Facilitator to match the individual student’s learning style and capabilities.
Co-operative Education Experience
The co-operative education experiences provide the opportunity to practice essential employability skills such as time management, strengthen independence and self-confidence, and practice and explore vocational goals.
A Police Record Check, including the Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued by the end of September in the first semester and an updated one issued by July 1st of the year in which the student will be attending the third semester) is required by co-op placement agencies.
The program is two years (four semesters) in duration. Semesters run for 15 weeks from September to December and January to April.
Why Choose Fleming
“This is a tremendous opportunity for students to attend College. Students will continue to develop essential workplace skills and experience a post- secondary program that offers a unique blend of core and optional (general elective) courses in an integrated setting. Parents and their sons and daughters have been talking of this possibility for far too long. It has finally arrived.”
– Ray Walt, Former Head of Special Education, St. Peter’s Secondary School and current chair, Program Advisory Committee, CICE
Minimum Admission Requirements
Be 19 years of age or older on the first day of classes, or possess an OSSD or equivalent and have one of:
- Developmental Disability
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Mild Intellectual Disabilities or Brain Injury
- Demonstrate academic needs that require program modification in order to succeed
- Possess a level of independence that precludes constant support
- Transportation to and from the College and field placement locations
- Willingness to participate fully in the program
- Must provide a clear police check for coop placements
- Submit an Application package to the School of General Arts and Sciences.
Tuition and Fees
Students pay regular college tuition and fees for 2 year programs. The program is OSAP-eligible (for those who qualify) and students are eligible to apply for bursaries administered by the Financial Aid office. For information on financial assistance for students with disabilities, see: http://www.canlearn.ca/eng/postsec/money/grants/gpd.shtml
Applications for the program starting September 2014 must be submitted directly to the School of General Arts and Sciences by February 2, 2014 to be given first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date, until the program is full.
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