Students enrolled in Seneca College’s Social Service Worker program have the opportunity to build upon their education and enhance their diploma by enrolling in Algoma University’s Bachelor of Arts in Community Development (CDEV) program. Graduates of the Social Service Worker program may be eligible to complete the program in one year.
Community Development is a three-year interdisciplinary degree that includes required courses in CESD and Social Work. Community Development Practitioners work alongside people in communities to effect change by helping to identify common concerns and solutions, and build relationships with organizations and those in positions of power.
This program includes a 150-hour field placement that will link Community Development concepts, values and theories to practice.
Students have completed placements at the Children’s Aid Society, NORDIK Institute, Algoma District School Board, the United Way, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and many more.
For more information, please visit the the Department of Community Development and Social Work site.
The Algoma Experience
In Their Words
“After completing the Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees (IR) program at Seneca College, I transferred into the Community Development (CDEV) degree program at Algoma University as the program’s content theory and concepts are applicable, and the skills and knowledge gained are also transferable to any community development initiative…
I am doing my practicum experience with NORDIK Institute, working with the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT). I am able to experience the praxis model of community development through the process of promoting social change through CAPT project that seeks to preserve, restore and enhance passenger train service in the District of Algoma. I have attended various community engagements events including local town hall meetings, City council meeting, and will be participating in the upcoming ‘All Aboard! To save ACR Passenger Train’ from February 19th to 21st. I absolutely love my CDEV program!”
– Marlene Henry, CDEV student, graduate of Seneca College
“The university is small and professors are very approachable and available when they are needed. The Community Development program is very exciting, engaging and interactive and I have enjoyed the courses that I have taken so far. Currently, I am completing 150 hours of placement with the NORDIK Institute working with a youth social entrepreneurship research team. I am sure that the skills that I am gathering here will be of tremendous help to me in my future endeavors. Algoma is truly a small university with a big education.”
– Suzette Mullins, CDEV student, graduate of Seneca College