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The Social Services Program is designed for students seeking to become, or who are currently working as, social service paraprofessionals.

The goal of the Social Service Worker Program is to graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be highly employable, compassionate and professional Social Service Workers. This is accomplished through the development of the following core skills and competencies:

  • Helping Skills
  • Relationship Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Community Awareness
  • Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
  • Team Work Skills
  • Written and Oral Communication Skills
  • Life Long Learning
  • Cultural Diversity

Three Options

The College of New Caledonia currently offers one Certificate and two Diplomas. The completion of the Certificate is a requirement to continue on to either of the Diplomas.  For registration, course and program information, click on one of the links below:


THE SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER CERTICATE PROGRAM
This one-year certificate provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to work as a social service paraprofessional. It combines theory and skill development courses with supervised practical experience. Students must attain a ā€œCā€ grade in all their SSWK courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to obtain the certificate.


THE SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Students enrolling in the Social Service Worker Diploma must have completed the one-year Social Service Worker Certificate. The Social Service Worker Diploma is designed to train individuals to work with children and families experiencing difficulties in the community. Students trained at the diploma level will work in situations that require greater independence and a higher level of skill.


THE PRE-UNBC BSW DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Students enrolling in the Pre-UNBC BSW Diploma must have completed the one-year Social Service Worker Certificate. This stream is designed for students wanting to continue their Social Work studies. Currently this diploma has transferrability to UNBC Social Work Program, Thompson Rivers University (TRU), University of Victoria Child and Youth Care and Athabasca University. Students interested in continuing should check with counselling for exact pre-requisites for their choosen course of study.