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Our Community Support Worker program equips students with the skills and competence needed for a challenging but rewarding career in this field. Community and social service workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services including life skills workshops, substance abuse treatment programs, support programs, and more.
A career in this field involves working with vulnerable groups including homeless persons, children with special needs, Indigenous peoples, pregnant teenagers, and people with substance abuse problems and addictions.
This program is a condensed version of our Community Support Worker – Social Services program.
will be trained to help clients manage personal and social complications
through one-on-one and group support. Graduates will also be trained to
evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs by tracking clients’
behavioural changes and responses to interventions.
includes a practicum placement so students can gain relevant work experience
Community Support Worker Graduates In Demand
The demand for community support workers is very high. The increasing population of vulnerable groups in BC will require more workers in this field. Growth is also expected in the areas of First Nations outreach and community development, especially for youth and in rehabilitation.
Why Study at Sprott Shaw?
- Career and
professional development success courses to help create a
career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism,
and identify the target markets and employment resources for the community
- Preparation and
orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write
papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for
- All-inclusive program
costs where what you see is what you pay. Our costs include registration fees,
assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, graduation
fees, practicum fees, and much more
- Access to dedicated
Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with
resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search
- Certificates including Nonviolent
Crisis Intervention (NVCI), FoodSafe Level 1, Standard First Aid with
CPR-C/AED, WHMIS, and eSuicideTALK
opportunities with recognized organizations
across BC including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Salvation Army,
Positive Living Society BC, YMCA, posAbilities Association of BC, Hope for
Freedom Society, Union Gospel Mission, John Howard Society, and more
- Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait
- Grant and scholarship opportunities are available to help you save on tuition. Up to $4000 in scholarships and grants are open to recent high school graduates, Sprott Shaw alumni, military veterans, and more! Click here to browse our full list of grants and scholarships.
Where Do Graduates Work?
support workers are employed by social service agencies, government agencies,
group homes, correctional facilities, and other establishments.
Graduates of our program may also work in schools as paraprofessional educators, helping children with special needs alongside occupational therapists or providing respite care for families with children of special needs. This work is done under the supervision of a social worker or health care professional.
- “I chose the community support worker program because it covered almost every aspect of community issues and there were many jobs available. I could serve the people of our community.” – Muhammad I.
- “Come to Sprott Shaw if you are looking to take the first step towards a beautiful future and want to learn with a group of like-minded people who want to succeed.” – Omer I.
Where Are Sprott Shaw Graduates Working?
Our Early Childhood, Education, and Support graduates can be found working throughout the province. In addition to school districts across BC, our Early Childhood Education and Education Assistant graduates can be found working at daycares and preschools such as CEFA Early Learning and the Boys and Girls Club.
Community Support Workers and Mental Health and Addiction workers can be found working in women’s shelters, mental health and addiction recovery facilities, homeless shelters, and more.
Click below to learn more about where our graduates are currently working. Please note that these lists do not cover every single business that has hired a Sprott Shaw graduate, but they do provide a good representation of the sort of industries that Sprott Shaw graduates are working in.