Access and Outreach Programs are initiatives that focus on educational attainment for people who do not traditionally pursue apprenticeship, college or university. These programs are run by universities, colleges and school boards, often in partnership with community organizations. They support people of various ages in gaining exposure to possible careers, literacy and numeracy skills, academic credits or credentials – with the goal of enabling students to take part in apprenticeship, college or university (post secondary education).
These programs provide opportunities for admission to post secondary education for students with educational gaps and/or those lacking the formal admission requirements. They are often for students who have been out of school for a period of time and are considered “mature students.” They include:
There are a variety of Adult Education programs, some of which enable adults to earn, complete or upgrade the Ontario Secondary High School Diploma (OSSD). Others provide the foundation for further education.
These programs are for students who may not see themselves ever participating in apprenticeships, college or university. This may be because they do not see themselves “belonging” in these environments, think they cannot qualify or be successful, think it would be too expensive, or not be of any real value for them. The programs aim to change this “culture of expectation” about educational possibilities and opportunities.
The programs are run by school boards, colleges, universities, and community organizations, often in partnership with one another. They provide information, experiences and opportunities that can lead to seeing the possibilities and opportunities for post secondary education. They are typically for students under 18, or still in high school. Some programs are for parents, younger students or community members. They include:
There are Language Programs that increase the language skills of learners. These include:
Some of the programs listed above are specifically targeted to learners from marginalized populations. In some cases, programs are for a particular target group only. In other cases, particular groups are encouraged to apply/participate. Marginalized populations include:
Many community agencies have programs that help build “educational attainment” or can provide informational on educational possibilities and opportunities. Some of them are connected to employment programs or income support programs, for youth or for adults.
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