Adults with special needs often require a bridge between living at home and living and working in the community. Our Transitional Vocational Program is designed to be that bridge and focuses on five key areas: Employment Training, Independent Living Skills, Work Placement, Successful Living Skills Placement and Graduate Follow-up.
The Transitional Vocational Program is offered at GPRC’s Fairview Campus. Fairview is a small vibrant community of approximately 3,500 people in the Peace River region of northern Alberta.
This course prepares the student for entry into the competitive job market and develops basic work skills. In the classroom students will study courses such as: Employee Strategies for Success, Job Safety, Driver Preparation and WHMIS.
Students spend an average of 12 hours per week in class and they can expect to spend an additional 6-8 hours each week doing homework and studying.
Independent Living Skills
Student residence living is an integral component of the Program. Students live on campus in townhouses or apartment-style suites, with roommates from the same program. Although the suites are unsupervised to simulate actual community living, there is always on-site support. In addition to cooking and basic home care, students learn budgeting, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, community involvement and social skills. Their instructor comes to the apartment once a week to further train and support them. Students will identify any areas with which they will always need assistance, so they know what kinds of support to look for when they move to their own community.
Students will be placed at a worksite in the community of Fairview where they can gain hands-on experience and training to help them prepare for the competitive job market.
Good work habits and skills can only be developed in a real workplace. Students are initially placed in a part-time position (approximately 24 hours per week) in Fairview during the Fall and Winter Semesters. During this time, they gain hands-on experience and training.
In the Spring Semester students will participate in two community living work placements which simulate full-time employment and successful independent community living. This work placement will include a five-week and a nine-week full-time work placement in the student’s community of choice.
Students prepare a personal transition plan for success that includes employment and community living elements. Program instructors keep in touch for one full year to help students stay on track with their plan, providing feedback, advice and referrals to service providers.
Program instructors will contact previous year’s students for feedback at three, six, nine and twelve months.
Students must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to self-medicate, provide their own personal care (bathing, toileting), and live in residence or make arrangements for personal care support.
Staff will interview both the parents or guardians and the student to determine if the student would benefit from participation in the program. Additional interviews with teachers, counsellors, social workers and/or previous employers may be requested.
Additional assessments may be required. GPRC may require copies of, or access to, any and all prior behavioural, educational, developmental or psychological assessments.
Please call to arrange an information session of our program and a tour of the facilities for your family or group/school. Please call if your group/school would like an onsite presentation or a presentation in your area.
Grant funding is available to help eligible students with the cost of attending College.
Students must complete all required courses with a GPA of no less than 1.0 to be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Adult Education.
First Year (42 credits)
Fall (16 weeks)
- VS100 Independent Living Skills I (5)
- VS105 Successful Living Skills Placement I (7)
- VS150 Employment Training I (5)
- VS155 Work Placement I (2)
Winter (16 weeks)
- VS200 Independent Living Skills II (5)
- VS205 Successful Living Skills Placement II (7)
- VS250 Employment Training II (5)
- VS255 Work Placement II (2)
Spring (14 weeks)
- VS275 Community Living Placement (2)
- VS300 Field Placement (2)