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Program: Occupations and College Access Program
School: Developmental Studies
Delivery Method: Classroom
Program Duration: One year
Delivery Location: Aurora Campus, Inuvik, Thebacha Campus, Fort Smith, and Yellowknife North Slave Campus.
The Occupations and College Access Program (OCAP) is under the broader umbrella of the Aurora College School of Development Studies. The OCAP Program provides a combination of prerequisite and college preparation courses to enable students to enter the following Aurora College post-secondary programs: Office Administration, Personal Support Worker, Early Childhood Development, and Trades and Apprenticeship. The OCAP prepares students to take the Category 1 Trades Entrance Exams to enter the following Trades Programs: Carpentry, Housing Maintainer, Camp Cook, and Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO).
The OCAP includes a combination of 85% Adult Literacy and Basic Education (ALBE) and 15% Specialty Access Courses. The Aurora College School of Developmental Studies has developed ALBE curriculum which includes six levels of study. The ALBE Courses in OCAP range from the 130 to 140 levels.
Courses in this program enable students to learn or relearn skills needed to meet employment, personal or educational goals. Participants in the Occupations and College Access Program (OCAP) enroll in a program of study according to their career goals and academic levels. Because of this, time spent in the program will vary for each individual.
Due to the extensive range of courses available, the course offerings will vary at each Aurora College campus location. The courses for every Aurora College Career Pathway may not be available at each campus. Participants mainly enroll in the program to meet prerequisite entry requirements for Aurora College certificate or trade programs. Students may enroll in this program on a full-time or part-time basis through either classroom or distance delivery.
Aurora College has developed a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process to ensure the ALBE curriculum used in the Access Programs is current and relevant.