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Featured Programs

The School of Continuing Studies has launched several of its online programs through grants and initiatives that were originally created out of the need for building capacity in Indigenous communities. The Certificate in Indigenous Business Management and the Certificate in Information Systems (which later became the Certificate in Computers and Information Technology) were both launched in 2015 when Dr. Sicilia received a grant of $1.2M in from the Federal Government in partnership with two Cree First Nations in Chisasibi and Waswanipi, in the James Bay Territory. Having developed these programs keeping Indigenous adult learners in mind, we recommend these programs for their accessibility to remote communities and their collaborative development with our partners.


Land-Based Certificate in STEM

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The skills and knowledge gained through STEM education are no longer optional but critical for future jobs. People working in STEM occupations — engineers, doctors, dentists, nurses, and scientists, etc. — have political, social, and economic influence. They can play strong leadership and decision-making roles in Indigenous communities, workplaces, and governments.

Certificate - Public Administration and Governance (Online)

This innovative online program has been designed to prepare students for management roles in education, health, social services, government, and military, and enable those working in the public sector to advance their existing careers, while working and without leaving their home or community. 

Diploma - Public Administration and Governance (Online)

With a focus on the day-to-day operations, decisions, systems and finances in a public organization, the curriculum aims to strengthen students’ managerial and leadership competencies and equip them with the knowledge, analytical skills, problem-solving strategies and that are critical for success in public service organizations.

Certificate - Health and Social Services Management

A Certificate in Health and Social Services Management provides you with the skills to take your career to the next level. The hands-on experience you’ll gain in the classroom prepares you to manage real-life situations and ensures you’ll meet the highest legal, ethical, and professional standards.

Diploma - Health and Social Services Management

Build the knowledge you need to plan, coordinate, and manage health care and social services. **Please note that this program is restricted to health and/or social service organizations.**

Indigenous Business Management (Online)

The Undergraduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Management offers interactive learning that is adapted to the realities of daily life. The courses are available to you online, at times that fit your schedule. You will learn business skills and gain knowledge in high demand by employers, government, and business owners.

Computers and Information Technology (Online)

This program provides a solid foundation in the concepts and techniques required for effective planning, design and development of software applications and systems, Internet technologies, applied computer knowledge and networking. The program will help develop skills necessary to assume positions in the fields of information technology, technical support, Internet and web specialism, computer support consulting, and help desk analysis.

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