Child and youth care program available completely online

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April 18, 2017
Online learners now have the option to complete Lakeland College’s full Child and Youth Care (CYC) diploma program virtually.

In addition to the option to take it face-to-face at the Vermilion campus, the CYC program will also be available completely online starting in the fall. Previously only the first year of the CYC program was offered online.

“We’re excited to be able to offer our child and youth care program fully online because it provides another avenue for students who have a passion for this line of work to achieve their goals,” says Joanne McDonald, chair of human services. “This delivery model is ideal for those who are already working in the field. It gives them an opportunity to individualize their career paths and be successful in a non-traditional classroom.”

Lakeland’s CYC program teaches students how to support at risk youth and children. The program covers human development and strategies for life transitions, case management, therapeutic relationships and symptoms of abuse and addiction, among other skills and topics.

Whether they’re learning online or at Lakeland’s Vermilion campus, CYC students will cover the same course material and complete four practicum placements. “Our CYC online program is one more pathway in our human services program delivery options,” says McDonald. “Our online learners benefit from instructor-led discussions and an engaged student-led community.”

There are currently 10 students registered in the CYC online program who will now be able to complete the program completely online. Students taking the program are from across Alberta and Saskatchewan.

“There is a growing need for highly qualified and trained people in this field throughout Canada,” says Melissa Rothwell, CYC instructor. “Being able to offer the entire program online will help to address that need and provide the flexibility needed for those already working to upgrade their education.”

CYC graduates typically find work with addiction support agencies, school-based programs, early intervention or day treatment programs, or with non-profit organizations, among other agencies and programs. They can also continue their education by transferring their Lakeland credits to a university to complete a degree in social work, education or child and youth care.

The online CYC option is a part-time diploma program that takes an estimated 3.5 years to complete. Human services also offers early learning and child care, educational assistant, child and youth care, community mental health and American Sign Language and deaf culture studies online. Educational assistant and early learning and child care are also offered online in French.