Business programs provide students with a number of career paths in Office Administration, Business Administration and Business Management.
The first year of these programs give students a general overview of their area of study before choosing a specialization.
The Business and Office Administration programs prepare students for employment in a wide variety of areas including Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Medical, Legal and Executive Office Management and Records and Information Management.
Our Business programs have been developed to provide students with the competencies required for their chosen specialization. The areas of specialization include Accounting, Marketing and Human Resource Management. All programs emphasize the latest business applications and also aim to develop leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills.
Students have the option of completing a Business Administration Certificate (one year), Business Administration Diploma (two years) or Business Management Diploma (three years). Business programs have a common first year, at the end of which a student may graduate with a Business Administration Certificate. Students in their second year have the option to select an area of specialization and may graduate with a Business Administration Diploma. Students in the third year can continue in their area of specialization and may graduate with a Business Management Diploma.
Our Office Administration programs enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to work in today’s office environment. The areas of specialization include Executive, Legal, Medical, and Records and Information Management.
Students have the option of completing an Office Administration Certificate (one year) or a two-year diploma. The first year of the Office Administration program is a common first year, at the end of which students may graduate with an Office Administration Certificate. Students in their second year select one area of specialization and may graduate with an Office Administration Diploma.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is an internationally recognized organization of business and degree granting educational institutions and select corporate members. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs develops, promotes, and recognizes educational practices that contribute to the continuous quality improvement of business education programs, teaching of business courses and student learning outcomes in colleges and universities throughout the world. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs has a network of more than 1,260 international member campuses and more than 10,000 individual members. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. .
All two- and three-year Business and Office Administration diploma programs offered
at the following campuses are internationally accredited through Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs:
NOTE: One-year certificate programs do not meet accreditation criteria
and, therefore, are not accredited.
Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a process used to integrate student’s academic studies through a real work experience or a practice setting. The Business Studies programs provide students with many opportunities to acquire hands-on, practical experience through project-based learning, co-curricular activities, volunteer experiences and the program-related Work Exposure.
The Work Exposure provides students an opportunity to integrate academic study with a supervised work experience. Students get a hands-on learning experience in a business environment and an opportunity to network to enhance career opportunities. The Work Exposure is a requirement for all Business programs and must be completed before a student is eligible to receive a diploma and graduate.
Students will complete a six-week placement where they are provided the opportunity to learn, develop, and demonstrate the high standards of professionalism and performance expected in the work environment.
During the Work Exposure experience, students will apply the skills and knowledge learned throughout their studies. They will further enhance their personal growth by developing employability skills such as teambuilding, customer service, work ethic, attitude, accountability, and the ability to work independently. Work should be related to the student’s program of studies.
Work exposure is an experiential academic course that aims to integrate the student’s academic study with work experience. All students in their final year at the College must register in, and pass, the Work Exposure course in order to graduate.
The Work Exposure Coordinator is the individual on campus that is your contact for work exposures. The number of individuals involved may vary depending on campus size.
All students will receive their Work Exposure Application Form (example in forms section) via email from the Work Exposure Coordinator or your instructor. The students shall then complete the form electronically and send it as an attachment to the Work Exposure Coordinator or instructor.
Students are permitted to submit the Work Exposure Placement Preferences Form if they have a place of business they prefer to be placed. Forms can be obtained from the Work Exposure Coordinator.
The Work Exposure is an important experiential academic course that aims to integrate the student’s academic study with work experience. Therefore, the Work Exposure employer is expected to provide the student with a meaningful work experience that puts theory into practice, thereby providing a most valuable time for both the student and the employer’s organization.
The maximize the benefit to the student and the employer, while minimizing any unnecessary distractions, the student will be expected to observe the organization’s regulations, operating procedures, working hours, and other such policies that may normally apply to the Work Exposure. The student will be expected to work the same hours as a regular employee; but not exceed 40 hours/week.
Orientation to the Workplace
Please provide the student with an orientation to the workplace, including an overview of the organization (environment, products, services, etc.), confidentiality agreements, lunch and break arrangements, relevant personnel, safety requirements/procedures, tasks and duties.
Assign a supervisor that will assist the student during their time with your organization.
Students requested to incur travel expenses (travel, hotel, meals, etc.) related to the duties of their work exposure placement are to be reimbursed for these expenses. Employers are not required to reimburse students for travel to and from their residence and workplace on a daily basis.
College of the North Atlantic does not require hosts to pay work exposure students. However, an employer may offer payment at their own discretion.
Please note that student work placements are covered by and subject to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act (http://assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/statutes/w11.htm). Pursuant to subsection 42(1) of that Act, CNA students are covered by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador for personal injuries experienced during an unpaid work training program.
Students have been advised to follow the organization’s confidentiality/privacy policies. Please ensure that your student is aware of any policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and privacy.
An organization can also request that a student sign a confidentiality agreement.
If any unusual circumstances or issues, such as medical emergencies, occur during the work exposure, please notify your College contact Coordinator.
Selection of Student
Employers may request that students follow the typical interview process prior to being placed within their organization/company. This option can be pre-arranged through your college contact.
Employers who prefer that the College pre-select students to be placed within their organization/ company should follow the process below:
Employers will provide the College with a list of skills/attributes required for the work exposure placement in the form of a job ad.
Employers will be contacted informing them of the student and expected start dates.
Evaluation of Student
Supervisors in the workplace are required to participate in the evaluation of the student’s work placement.
Periodically throughout the student work exposure, an employee of the College (typically a faculty member) will contact you to arrange a visit to the workplace to discuss the student’s progress and to answer any questions related to the student or program. Where a location does not allow for an on-site visit, arrangements can be made to meet via telephone.
An individual from the College will always be available via email or telephone while the student is placed within your organization to answer any questions or resolve any issues that may arise.
Online Evaluation of Student
Prior to the student finishing their work exposure, you will also be asked to complete an evaluation of the student. This evaluation will be circulated to all supervisors via email with a link to an online evaluation which consist of two parts – overall College questions and individual student evaluation. The evaluation will be completed online (via web) and submitted by clicking the submit button at the end of the evaluation. The results are automatically sent to the appropriate individuals within the college.
Email address which will be used to circulate evaluation - CNA-Student Evaluation (email@example.com)
Employers are encouraged to submit the completed evaluation within two weeks after the student has completed the work exposure placement. A certificate/diploma may not be issued to the student until the College has received their evaluation.
Although not required, employers are encouraged to review their evaluation with the student.
The Work Exposure Coordinator works with students and employers to find and place students in suitable work placements to fulfill the requirements of the work exposure.
A student failing a work exposure will receive incomplete on their transcript. If the student is eligible to continue into the next academic term, the following steps must be followed:
I completed a 6-week work-term in GFW. My placement was a very valuable course component that allowed me to apply the knowledge I had learned in the classroom in a real work environment. I was able to navigate situations that related directly to coursework and classroom lessons by relying on knowledge I obtained in school.
Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland & Labrador