Focus Employment Program

Focus Employment students enjoy a variety of activities including educational fieldtrips.

Focus Program
"Working at the 'The Coffee Cart' is fun. I've learned how to make a great cup of coffee and how to deal with the public." Richard

The Focus program is a specialized employment program for adults affected with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It is offered in a learning environment that is both structured and individualized.

Program Overview

Program components include

  • Supported work experience
  • Life skills (goal setting, budgeting, time and anger management, etc.)
  • Math and English upgrading
  • Computer skills
  • Job skills training
  • Counselling
  • Advocacy for housing, justice and health
  • Linkages with community supports
  • Crafts/activities
  • Certifications (eg. SuperHost, Cashier Training, Foodsafe)

Success centres around students gaining a personal understanding of FASD, as well as the implementation of individualized plans based on strengths and abilities. Students are encouraged and supported to reach obtainable goals in all areas of their lives.

Focus Students learn valuable employment skills by working weekly shifts on the Coffee Cart. This in-house, supervised work experience program provides skills such as time management, cashier experience and customer service. These skills help students transition confidently to paid work experience in the greater community.

Hours for this program are Tuesday/Wednesday at 9am - 3pm and Thursdays at 9am - 12pm.

Estimated fees

  • Tuition: $521.07
  • Application: $40.00
  • Registration: $15.00
  • Technology: $54.00


The Focus program is ideal for

  1. People who had a difficult time in regular school, who struggle to live independently or who wish to find a program that supports their learning needs;
  2. Adults who wish to increase their educational, personal and job-related skills in a supported and flexible learning environment;
  3. Adults with a diagnosis of FASD, or who display the characteristics in keeping with FASD.
To register, please call 250 692-1700

Last Updated: July 14, 2015