Transitional Employment Program

“I was able to learn more about myself, how to live independently, and use the skills needed to become competitively employed. It also gave me a chance to make new friends.”

Steven Muzyka, Class of 2009

Transitional Employment Program

What can you expect from our program?

The Transitional Employment Program is an eleven month program for adults with developmental disabilities. The program helps graduates gain skills needed to enter and maintain employment. Staff work closely to support students and employers to establish goals, monitor progress, and evaluate achievement. The Transitions to Employment program consistently has a high rate of employment for its graduates. Approximately 70% percent of the program involves hands-on work experience training either on campus or in the business community and approximately 30% percent focuses on classroom instruction in employment and life skills training. The program can be divided into three main components; work experience, I and II as well as the TEP Work Practicum.

What will you learn?

Materials covered are pertinent and beneficial for students who are striving toward independence and employability training. Students receive instruction in

  • Personal and Financial Management
  • Workplace Communication
  • Transition to Workplace
  • Workplace Relations
  • Employment Search
  • Consumer Skills
  • Integrated classes

Work Experience I and II
Students participate in work experiences within the community of Olds and/or Olds College. This practical hands on work experience occurs from September to April.

Transitional Employment Program (TEP) Work Practicum
Students participate in an off-campus work practicum usually back in their home area. This work experience provides students with extended employment training that can lead to full-time employment. The practicum occurs from April to the end of June.

Program at a glance

Credential: Certificate 

Length Of Program: 11 Months 

Method Of Delivery: On Campus Delivery (Olds, Ab) 

Program Intakes: Summer Intake (August Program Start) [August 20, 2018] 

Applications Open: October 1 For The Summer Intake 

Selection Process For Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

What do I need to apply?

Admission requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older, on or before, the program start date
  • Required Documentation:
    • Past program and educational reports
    • Previous assessments (if available)
    • Two letters of reference
    • Copy of High School transcripts

Please Note: All suitable applicants are interviewed

Application procedure: Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • An application and application fee of $78.75 ($75.00 + GST) online.
    • Please ensure applicants select “Summer” as the Intake Year
    • A PDF Program Application is also available for download from Student Forms
  • Submit Required Documentation

View Admission Page

Graduation Requirements: To obtain a certificate graduate, students must obtain 30 credits, achieve acceptable evaluations in classroom, work experiences, and final work practicum. NOTE: Students in the Transitional Employment Program (TEP) are timetabled according to their individualized program plan. This can be completed through TEP classes and/or integrated courses. This is accommodated by integration into specially designed courses.



Admitted Students

What materials and supplies will I need?

Congratulations! Admitted students will be required to purchase the following materials & supplies:

Information on required textbooks and supplies will be provided as you attend each class. It is highly recommended you wait until your first class before buying your learning resources to ensure that you obtain the correct materials.

Visit the Admitted Students site