You can make a difference.
The Community Social Work program at Portage College provides you with practical training and experience to assist individuals, families, and various groups to navigate their way through situations in life.
Graduates are eligible to apply to become a Registered Social Worker. Current provincial legislation makes it mandatory for individuals with a social work education, who work within the scope of social work practice to be Registered Social Workers.
Graduates work with individuals, families, groups, and communities in a variety of agencies including: Aboriginal Agencies, Addictions, Court and Probation Services, Disabilities, Emergency Shelters, Provincial and Federal Departments, Residential Treatment Centres, Schools, and Senior Services.
When to apply
We are accepting applications now for the Fall 2020 intake at our Lac La Biche Campus which offers the program each year. This differs from our Cold Lake Campus which offers the program every two years. We will be accepting applications at our Cold Lake Campus beginning October 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 offering. Click to apply - below.
Student Success Story!
"Portage College gave me one of the best experiences of my life. I thought I was too old to go back to school but I was accepted for who I was. Social Work is a calling. Thanks to Portage College, I am working at my dream job. I love to see people succeed!"
Trevor Letondre was in his forties when he decided to enrol in Community Social Work. There were challenges he admits. One of them was being in the same class as his son's friends. Trevor persevered and with support from his instructors and his family he graduated with a Diploma and a whole lot of pride, and is now working with at-risk youth.
Find your calling in the two year Community Social Work Diploma program.
Click here for Trevor's inspiring story.
Grade 12 or equivalent with:
- Minimum 60% in English 30-1 or 30; or
- Minimum 70% in English 33 or 30-2
In addition to these academic requirements, the following documentation must be provided:
- Three academic/professional letters of reference (within the last 5 years)
- Criminal Record Check
- Child and Welfare Intervention Check
- Signed Student Agreement declaring free from substance abuse
Textbooks & Supplies
Moodle Technical Requirements
Lac La Biche Application Package
Cold Lake Application Package
Practicum faculty supervisors meet with students individually and match them with a practicum placement.
Students complete 450 practicum hours per year at various organizations including: Addiction Treatment Centres, Disability Centres, Probation and Correctional Centres, Schools, Women's Shelters, and Youth Centres.
This is a two-year Diploma program. Graduates are eligible for provisional RSW registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers.
Transfer agreements are currently in place with:
1. University of Calgary (BSW)
2. Athabasca University (BPA)
3. MacEwan University (BSW)
*Students are encouraged to speak to their Student Advisor about specific transferability.