There is a high demand for graduates both within the school districts as an educational assistant and as a community support worker. This certificate also allows you to take your education further in a Child Family Community Studies Diploma and then a possible degree program, such as Child and Youth Care.
Learning for practice, learning for change.
As an Education Assistant and Community Support student, you are part of the the Community, Family and Child Studies Department of our School of Health and Human Services.
The School of Health and Human Services is dedicated to preparing learners to work effectively as caring professionals on health care teams and in human service agencies. We offer a broad range of certificate and diploma level programs, a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, and continuing education courses and programs.
Our programs are designed to ensure that learners master the theory and skills necessary for caring, safe and effective practice. A variety of clinics and agencies become the "living laboratories" where supervised practice encourages learners to develop the values and competencies required for health and human service positions. Learn more.
As Education Assistant and Community Support graduates, you can expect a starting salary of approximately $14–$23 per hour.
Most areas have 7.5 hour shifts but this will vary depending on the setting. The school setting is a shift of 6 hours per day up to 25 hours per week depending on the needs of the child. In the community, in residential programs you may be expected to work days, evenings and night shifts.
Currently there is a high demand for both community support workers and education assistants. You will often start on the on-call board with the school districts before becoming an permanent staff member. All school districts across the province are experiencing a shortage in this field
Employment in both the education system and the majority of community agencies are in a unionized environment.