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The SCS Experiential Empowerment & Development (SEED) Initiative

With financial support from Scotiabank’s ScotiaRISE™ Community Investment Program, the McGill School of Continuing Studies has launched its SEED Initiative to help increase access to professional education and career advancement.

In collaboration with community partner organizations, up to 50 individuals will be selected each year as SEED Fellows to complete a Professional Development Certificate (PDC) in Collaboration and Productivity, improve their proficiency in French, and obtain a professional certification of their choice.

SEED Fellows benefit from:

  • Free tuition
  • Monthly allowance of $200 CAD for the duration of the required courses
  • Support in finding paid internship and/or employment opportunities in their professional fields
  • Networking events
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Interpersonal skills training
Type:  Part-time, Non-credit, Professional development
Courses:   5 required courses, plus optional language and professional certification courses
Continuing Education Units:   25 

Fall 2024/Winter 2025 Schedule:

September 2024 – June 2025

Delivery:   In-person, McGill
Questions?   seed.scs [at] mcgill.ca

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Information Sessions

Dates - Recruitment for Fall 2024

For more information or to request attendance, please email seed.scs [at] mcgill.ca. To register, please complete this form.

Location Date
Montréal LGBTQ+ Center Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Peter McGill Community Council Wednesday, March 27, 2024
YWCA Thursday, March 28, 2024
Centre Inicio Thursday, April 4, 2024
Park Extension Youth Organization (PEYO) Tuesday, April 9, 2024
McGill School of Continuing Studies Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Afromusée Wednesday, April 24, 2024
McGill School of Continuing Studies Wednesday, May 8, 2024
McGill School of Continuing Studies, 10th floor Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Program Details

Who Should Apply
  • A newcomer to Canada seeking to integrate into the workforce
  • An underemployed or unemployed professional
  • A person facing economic barriers to professional education and career opportunities

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop or enhance in-demand professional skills
  • Improve French language proficiency
  • Gain practical experience
  • Establish professional networks
  • Clarify your career goals and create pathways to achieving them



French courses:
Intensive: September 4 – November 1, 2024 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.)

In addition, optional online Written French for Workplace Communication courses will be available following the intensive course and will run concurrently with the PDC courses.

Employability Readiness & Career Planning:
YCBS 289 Employability Readiness and YCBS 292 Career Planning courses will be offered concurrently with French and PDC courses.

Individual career advising appointments will be available for the duration of the program.

Professional Development Certificate (PDC) courses:
November 2024 – early June 2025 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Optional professional certification courses & exams:
Concurrently with PDC courses (either Monday or Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Optional online Agile Project Management course:
Self-paced, 100% online; can be completed anytime during the program.


To obtain the Professional Development Certificate in Collaboration and Productivity, SEED Fellows must complete five courses of 30 hours each:

YCBS 216 Interpersonal Skills for Professionals
YCBS 259 Systems Thinking and Modelling
YCBS 276 Innovation & Creativity for Entrepreneurs
YCCM 208 Professional Writing in Business
YCBS 215 Topics in Business Management: Innovation and Creativity Capstone

Optional Courses

Optional Certification Prep Courses and Exams

  • QuickBooks Online Fundamentals & Certification Prep course (in-person)
  • MS Office Excel Associate Certification Prep course (in-person)

Admission Requirements
  • Be 21 years of age or older to be admitted as a mature student
  • A minimum of a DEC or a bachelor's degree, or equivalent professional work experience (3 to 4 years)
  • Completion of a French language placement test provided by the School of Continuing Studies following submission of the Candidate Application Form*
  • Proof of citizenship/residency status in Canada and Quebec
  • All documentation requested in the Candidate Application Form

*Please note, priority will be given to those candidates who score a minimum of low-intermediate French proficiency level (e.g., equivalent to A2 on the CEFR scale, or level 3-4 of francisation).

How to Apply

The SEED Initiative is now accepting applications for the Fall 2024 session, scheduled to begin September 2024. To apply, please email a completed application and other required documents to seed-documents [at] mcgill.ca. The application deadline for the Fall 2024 term is May 31, 2024.

Please apply as soon as possible since additional information may be requested by the School to consider your application.

News and Articles
Scotiabank SEED Program

Largest-ever gift to McGill’s School of Continuing Studies will establish unique professional development program for members of marginalized groups News

Carola Weil

Empowering career boost for newcomers, marginalized groups

Experiential learning, coaching and internships are part of a new professional development program at the School of Continuing Studies buoyed by a $2-million gift from Scotiabank. Dean Carola Weil elaborates on the inspiration and aspirations for the SEED Initiative.

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