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What are Access and Outreach Programs?

Access and Outreach Programs are initiatives that focus on educational attainment for populations that do not traditionally and/or have difficulty pursuing college or university. These programs are run by universities, colleges, school boards, and are often run in affiliation with community organizations. They support people of various ages in gaining exposure to careers, interpersonal and literacy skills, academic credits or credentials – with the ultimate goal of enabling students in their pursuit of post secondary education or training.

Types of Programs

Academic Completion

Programs that provide skills and/or credits to prevent student attrition (early leaving) and enable students to complete secondary school or post secondary.

  • Ability Focused
    Programs that are targeted to increase and/or support the access, participation and retention of learners with various physical, cognitive and learning abilities.
  • Academic Upgrading
    Credit-based programs that enable learners to complete their high school diploma (e.g. Academic and College Entrance (ACE) certificate, GED) and/or upgrade their marks for greater eligibility for post secondary education.
  • Dual Credit
    Programs that allow students, while they are still in secondary school, to take college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both: an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a post secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or an apprenticeship certification
  • Retention
    Programs that reinforce learning and prevent student attrition (early school leaving).

Transition

Credit-based programs that recruit, admit and support individuals and provide opportunities for direct admission to post secondary education.

  • Academic Bridging
    Programs that prepare and transition learners for further education.
  • Transitional Year Programs
    Full-time programs consisting of academic and non-academic courses and activities that support adults who would not otherwise qualify for University access to gain admittance.

Outreach & Engagement

Programs that are designed to encourage the broader community to pursue post secondary education, career and/or self-development.

  • Early Awareness
    Programs that encourage children and youth to consider post secondary education through early exposure to various fields of study, post secondary students, and/or academic institutions.
  • Career Exploration
    Programs that enable learners to explore different career pathways.
  • Literacy & Basic Skills
    Programs that enable learners to improve their literacy, numeracy and basic computing skills.
  • Life Skills
    Programs that foster independence, self-confidence, leadership and interpersonal skills for greater success in school, work.
  • Tutoring & Mentorship
    Programs that provide direct one-on-one homework and/or one-on-one mentorship supports.

Job Training, Certification & Pre-Apprenticeship

Programs that support career development, job training and preparation for employment.

  • Job Training & Pre-Apprenticeship
    Programs that offer practical, hands-on training in particular fields that prepare learners for specific jobs (e.g., trade apprenticeships).
  • Certificate Programs
    Programs that prepare learners by offering certification for further post secondary study in a particular field of study or career/job training.

Demographic                                                                 

Programs that target and provide post secondary education access, outreach, educational support or career and employment readiness for learners from historically marginalized populations.

  • Aboriginal
    Programs that are designed to support participation and success of Aboriginal learners in post secondary through culturally relevant approaches to outreach, access, retention, curriculum and academic success. 
  • Crown Wards
    Programs that are targeted to increase and/or support the access, participation and retention of students that are CAS Crown Wards.
  • First Generation
    Programs that are targeted to increase and/or support the access, participation and retention of students that are the first in their family to attend post secondary education.
  • Mature Student
    Programs that target learners who access secondary or post secondary as adults (18-20 years old for secondary system; 21 years old + for post secondary).
  • Language
    Programs that increase the language skills of learners (English as a Second Language, French as a Second Language, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), American Sign Language, etc.). Programmes qui favorisent l’apprentissage des langues des étudiants (anglais langue seconde, français langue seconde, cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada (CLIC), langage gestuel américain (ASL), etc.
  • Newcomers
    Programs that are targeted to increase and/or support the access, participation and retention of learners that are newcomers to Canada (definitions of newcomer defined by program).
  • Women Only
    Programs that are targeted to increase and/or support the access, participation and retention of women in post secondary education and career development.

Scholarship

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