May Micla, a Stenberg grad, is a Program Manager at Semiahmoo House Society and discusses her journey from the Philippines to a career in community support work.
Community Support worker
(Developmental Disabilities Specialization)
Are you searching for a rewarding career serving your community and the exceptional people within it? If so, check out the Community Support Worker Diploma Program at Stenberg College.
The Community Support Worker Diploma Program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive theoretical and practical education so students can provide support to people of all ages who have a developmental disabilities or dual diagnosis (i.e. developmental disability and mental illness). Students are trained to effectively promote the mental, physical and emotional health of people with specialized needs so that they may live as fully and independently as possible.
After taking foundational coursework, students begin weekly field experience placements. These placements, alongside ongoing academic coursework, provide applied practice and give students a continual real-world context as they complete their studies. An intensive four week consolidated practice experience occurs at the end of the program. This practice experience is the final consolidation of knowledge, skills and abilities so that students are immediately ready to join the workforce upon graduation.
To discover more about this satisfying career, keep on reading...
The Stenberg College Community Support Worker Program prepares graduates to:
Typical Job Duties
Community Support Workers assist people with learning disabilities, physical challenges or other special needs, along with their families. They model, teach and support all functions of home life, daily living activities, leisure and recreation leading to an improved quality of life and greater self-reliance for people with specialized needs. Community Support Workers also build community relationships (i.e. networking with employers) so that they may encourage people with developmental disabilities in their career discovery process. Furthering employment options for those they work with, Community Support Workers also build training plans and provide direct support within the workplace.
After completing the Community Support Worker Program, graduates will be qualified for employment in:
Wages and Career Outlook
Wage and career outlook information is difficult to predict. Unlike other occupations, most opportunities in community living are driven by the current government policies rather than the business cycle. Based on recent employment statistics gathered by Stenberg College, the average starting wage of students who have completed the Community Support Worker Program and are working in their field of study is $18 per hour.
The related national employment occupation classification number-a system used to group jobs-for Community and Social Service Workers is 4212. Please realize that survey results are based upon groupings of a large number of related jobs. Wages and career outlook may differ due to education level, geography and type of employer:
Is This Program For You?
It is if you:
Program Admission Requirements
Prior to Program Admission, Program Advisors will outline practice education requirements for the program. Upon enrollment, students will be informed of next steps and timelines. Non-compliance could result in program dismissal. Requirements for practice education placements include:
Note: A valid driver's license (or new driver status) is highly recommended. Graduates without a driver's license may face limited employment opportunities and lower wages.
NB: Additional criteria may be required to fulfill industry guidelines; students will be informed in advance of any requirements that need to be fulfilled for placements
Duration and Financing
Duration: 32 weeks, including integrated and consolidated practice experience
Financing: You could be eligible for Employment Insurance Funding for education, government student loans as well as other financing options; the Stenberg College Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.