Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE)
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There may be additional lab/supply costs depending on your selected program of choice.
The School’s Field Placement Officer works with the student to choose an appropriate field placement.
An application is made online through OntarioColleges.ca. Once the application has been received, applicants will download a package outlining additional information that needs to be completed and submitted prior to Sunday, February 1, 2016. Upon receipt of the completed package, prior to the submission deadline, applicants will be invited for an interview.
Current program fees can be found at http://www.durhamcollege.ca/programs/community-integration-through-cooperative-education. Students can apply for financial assistance through Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) at http://osap.gov.on.ca
The selection will be based on the information supplied in the application package as well as the interview.
Yes, the CICE Program is offered at other Ontario colleges. You can search the Ontario Colleges website to find out further information on the other colleges offering the program.
No, transportation to and from college and work placements is the responsibility of the student.
While in the program at Durham College you will have gained valuable work experience and academic skills that can assist you in finding a job after graduation if you so choose. The CICE team hosts a transition event every May to connect all CICE students with employment and community resources available to them upon graduation. Durham College’s Hired Career Services department also provides assistance with job search strategies for students/graduates.
I receive ODSP the Ontario Disability Support Pension. Will taking this program interfere with that?
No, you will continue to be eligible for ODSP while attending college.
Upon successful completion of your two years of study in the program, you will graduate with an Ontario College Certificate in CICE.
The modified Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program is designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities or significant learning challenges. You will access courses in many program areas (based on seat availability).
It will provide you with an opportunity to experience college life and enhance your academic and vocational skills by taking regular college classes modified to fit your academic abilities.
You will receive support from Learning Facilitators including:
- Curriculum modification
- Note taking
- Tutoring; and
- Other related support, as needed
Learning facilitators will also provide you with support in the classroom and via a weekly tutorial. Note: No support is provided outside of these academic settings.
Each semester, you will take academic courses with modified curriculum in a selected area of concentration as well as programming common to all CICE students. Field placement experiences (unpaid) that enable you to develop vocational abilities are an integral part of the CICE program.
Students may choose from a variety of clusters offered at both its Oshawa and Whitby campuses: Justice & Community Services, Health & Community Services, Culinary & Hospitality, Media, Art & Design, Construction, Trades & Mechanical, Recreation, Sport & Fitness, and Business & Office Administration.
Once the interview process has been completed, Durham College will notify successful applicants to the program. The earliest that successful applicants will hear from Durham College is February 1.
The Tuesday after Labour Day is program Orientation day for all first year students. Classes will begin the following day.
While in the CICE program, are parents and support workers granted access to academic (or other) information regarding the student?
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is the general legal principle college staff and faculty are legally bound to adhere to. Regardless of program enrolment, this means staff and faculty are precluded from sharing information about students with family members or support persons.
No, you must have a level of independence that precludes constant support.