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Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE)

Community Integration through Cooperative Education

Community Integration through Co-operative Education

Community Integration through Cooperative Education

Community Integration Through Co-operative Education

Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) gives individuals with intellectual disabilities or significant learning challenges the opportunity to enhance their academic and vocational skills with modified programming through a variety of courses. The program includes a number of core courses common to all CICE students in topics such as interpersonal communication, job skills, self-advocacy, self-awareness and computer skills. Other courses are drawn from a variety of Durham College programs, and may not come from one specific program area, but a variety of programs related to a vocational field of interest.

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Program Description

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 including:

  • Curriculum modification
  • Note taking
  • Tutoring
  • Other related support as needed

Learning facilitators will also provide you with support in the classroom and via a weekly tutorial. Please 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. Successful completion of all courses and the field placement requirement will result in you graduating with an Ontario College Certificate in CICE.

For more information about the CICE program please visit our frequently asked questions webpage.


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Admission Requirements

  • Demonstration of academic needs that require program modification
  • Level of independence that precludes constant support
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) 
  • Mature Student Status with Individual Education Plan (IEP) and two English credits (C, M or U)

This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact or call 905.721.3126.

Application process:

  • Complete and submit an application form by February 1
  • Submit a completed CICE application package
  • Attend an interview


Some CICE students may wish to take their elective courses in an area of concentration that involves working with vulnerable people for their placement.  As a result, in order to be eligible for the field placement component of this program students must (at your expense) provide:

  • Current Standard First Aid & CPR level “C” certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
  • Current Criminal Reference Check – including Vulnerable Sector Screen

Further discussion of these requirements will take place with the Field Placement Officer at the beginning of the student’s first semester.

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Career Options


The CICE program prepares students to increase their level of independence in the community and possibly transition to volunteer or paid employment on a part-time or full-time basis.


In a variety of entry-level occupational categories, depending on individual interests.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$3,991$1,541

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by three separate field placements, which are intended to develop or enhance vocational skills and involvement in the community.

Please note: there are pre-placement requirements for the field placement component of this program.

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  • code: CICE
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
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