Child and Youth Care
1065 3 Years - 6 Semesters Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Frequently Asked Questions
ARE THERE JOBS?
Yes! Sault College Child & Youth Care graduates are well-trained in their profession and have the skills needed to get hired (e.g. interview skills, resume-writing skills, job-search skills). They enter a competitive market and succeed. Our job placement statistics tell us that the CYC field is growing, especially in the education sector, as well as in the field of in-home support for families. For the past few years the job placement rate for Sault College CYC graduates has been on par with all Community College graduates.
WHAT DOES A JOB IN THIS FIELD PAY?
Child and Youth Care is a respected profession and is growing in recognition. Employment conditions vary from full-time to contract to part-time. The salary or contract range is similar to related professions. Converted to yearly salary figures, the range is from $25,000 to $50,000 Canadian per year. Many Child & Youth Practitioners add to their credentials and take on senior levels of responsibility in agencies, thereby increasing their salary possibilities.
DO MANY CHILD & YOUTH CARE PRACTITIONERS CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION AFTER GRADUATION?
Yes! Many graduates take advantage of our agreement with Algoma University here in Sault Ste. Marie to complete a Bachelors Degree in Psychology in just one year. Others seek similar opportunities for advanced standing at other institutions, or opt to transfer credits towards a second college diploma in a related program. Popular dual diploma options include Early Childhood Education, Social Service Worker and even Nursing.
HOW IS THIS PROGRAM DIFFERENT FROM SOCIAL WORK?
Our Child & Youth Care program is focused on the psycho-social needs of children, youth, and their families. The program contains a solid theoretical base and is also highly practical and applied. Child & Youth Care students don`t only learn why things happen, they learn how to make things happen! Social work has an emphasis on case management. Social work focuses on issues facing people at any age, whereas Child & Youth Practiioners are those who devote their studies and energies to the betterment of young people specifically. Child & Youth Care students complete four levels of field placement experience as part of their course of study at Sault College.
DO CHILD AND YOUTH PRACTITIONERS WORK WITH YOUTH IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW?
Sometimes. The area of work depends largely on the student`s interest. Many Child & Youth Practitioners are employed in correctional facilities; others work in educational or health facilities, or in community-based prevention programs. Child & Youth Practitioners are trained to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of settings. This flexibility makes for a wider range of employment possibilities.
IS THE CHILD AND YOUTH CARE DIPLOMA RECOGNIZED OUTSIDE ONTARIO?
Yes! Our graduates have been successful in securing employment in large centres within Ontario and Alberta, as well as in other provinces, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, the United States and the Dominican Republic. Our faculty have consulted and trained staff in Ontario, in other provinces, in the United States, and in Scotland.
IS THE PROGRAM DIFFICULT?
Child & Youth Care students at Sault College are highly regarded for their commitment, their professionalism, and their creativity. The faculty are committed to student success and offer support in a variety of ways to the students. The students do work hard, but they also learn to work `smart` by developing organizational skills, study skills, and effective problem-solving skills. Graduates often say that they were challenged in this program, but that with consistent effort they were able to master those challenges and reach their level of excellence.
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