College of the North Atlantic, in partnership with the Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) and funded by the Government of Canada’s Skills for Success program
is offering a 16-week Information Technology Career Focus
program. This program aims to provide women with a supportive learning environment to explore various programs and career opportunities available in the Information Technology sector.
Throughout the program, you will engage in theoretical and practical learning that will equip you with an understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles, and emerging trends in the field of IT. The program will cover various topics, including web development, social media management, computer hardware and networking.
Apart from gaining technical skills, you will focus on self-awareness exercises, time management strategies, and developing essential interpersonal skills, such as effective communication, teamwork, career development. The program also includes a reflective capstone project, where you will select an area of concentration and develop a working model based on a scenario.
You will also participate in a one-week Job Shadow, enabling you to observe opportunities in the information technology sector on a personal level. This experiential learning will provide you with practical insights into the day-to-day operations as an IT employee and help you make informed decisions about your career path.
At the end of the program, you will have acquired a diverse set of skills and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about pursuing a successful career in the information technology sector.
Upon completion of the Information Technology Career Focus program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate self-confidence and the technical skills necessary for success in training and employment in the information technology sector
- Apply self-awareness and reflective skills required to create, evaluate, and modify personal growth and career plans
- Use labour market information, career planning, and job search skills to make informed career choices
- Create a social media management campaign
- Describe computer hardware components and network configurations
- Design web pages using Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
- Incorporate the social, interpersonal and communication skills necessary to be a productive member of a team
The Information Technology Career Focus is a career development program designed to help equity seeking groups in our community make informed decisions about careers in IT. Key elements of the program include:
Creation of a Career Portfolio
Personal and Professional Skills Development
Programming, Application Development and Computer Networking
Job Shadowing Opportunity
Eligibility for admission requires the applicant to meet one of the following academic criteria:
1. High School
Provincial High School Graduation Certificate with 60% average in nine level 3000 credits, or equivalent
2. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, must be at least 19 years of age at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
3. English Proficiency
English as a second language speakers must provide proof of English language skills - All applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward it for assessment.
If an applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.