Take your first steps in your own community
Start in September
Acquire the academic skills, knowledge and credentials to move towards higher education and/or a career in the field of human services. This certificate program prepares you to earn the admission requirements you'll need to pursue college or university-level studies.
Taught at the Saanich Adult Education Centre near Brentwood Bay, you get the best of both community and college worlds.
Upgrade your education
Designed for Indigenous* students, Indigenous College Prep (ICP) program support and prepares you to get the admission requirements you need to enter other college programs and pursue university-level studies.
Located in Victoria, BC, traditional territory of the Coast and Straits Salish peoples, Camosun College welcomes 1,100 Indigenous students each year.
Support from community
ICP is 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.
Students will receive help and guidance from learning skills and career readiness specialists, Indigenous 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 personal, career and educational goals.
You'll be encouraged to build on your self-awareness and pride as an Indigenous 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.
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. To learn more, drop by or book an appointment to see one of the Indigenous Advisors.