Thinking of entering this program?
If you have the opportunity to be funded by a band, and you need to upgrade to meet the program prerequisites, do so now and then apply to your band in January or February so that sponsorship is in place for beginning these programs in September. Apply today! To learn more, drop by or book an appointment to see one of the Indigenous Advisors. Contact us for more information.
Stay in community and get the admission requirements you need for college
These two certificate programs prepare you to enter college and pursue university-level studies or careers in the field of human services. Taught at the Saanich Adult Education Centre near Brentwood Bay, you get the best of both community and college worlds.
Get ready for college
Designed for Aboriginal* students, Indigenous College Prep (ICP) and Indigenous Human Services Career Access (IHSCAP) programs support and prepare you to get the admission requirements you need to enter other college programs and pursue university-level studies or careers in the field of human services.
Located in Victoria, BC, traditional territory of the Coast and Straits Salish peoples, Camosun College welcomes 1,100 Aboriginal students each year.
Support from community
Both ICP and IHSCAP are delivered primarily in community at the Saanich Adult Education Centre, part of the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board located on the Tsartlip First Nation near Brentwood Bay. One course is held at Lansdowne campus in the winter semester offering an opportunity to experience college life on campus.
For some courses, students from both programs come together to receive help and guidance from learning skills and career readiness specialists, Aboriginal advisors and Elders.
What you’ll learn
In addition to increasing academic skills, you’ll have opportunities to explore your strengths and gifts as you develop realistic personal, career and educational goals.
You'll be encouraged to build on your self-awareness and pride as an Aboriginal person as you discuss issues, challenges and opportunities impacting First Nations communities. While examining Indigenous history and culture, you’ll receive guidance through circle and Elders’ teaching.
Are you of Indigenous ancestry?
*Camosun College views any student who is a descendant of the Indigenous peoples of North America to be an Indigenous student. This includes status and non-status Indians, Métis, Inuit and Native Americans who reside in Canada.
You may be eligible for UCEP funding (University College Entrance Preparation) if you're a First Nations Band member.
Indigenous Access Programs
- Certificate in Indigenous College Prep
Certificate in Indigenous Human Services Career Access
- 8 to 12 months
- Study Options
- Full-time or part-time
- Saanich Adult Education Centre
- Indigenous Education & Community Connections