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Transitional Employment Program (TEP)

Transitional Employment Program

Gain the skills needed to enter and maintain employment.

Offered since 1981, the Transitional Employment Program (TEP) is an 11 month program for adults with developmental disabilities. This program includes courses such as financial management, workplace communications, transition to the workplace, consumer skills and workplace relations allowing you to gain skills needed to enter and maintain employment. You will receive faculty support to establish goals, monitor progress and evaluate achievement.

Seventy per cent of the program involves hands-on work experience training on-campus or in the town of Olds, Alberta business community. 

Work-Integrated Learning

Students participate in an off-campus work practicum providing extended employment training that can lead to full-time employment.


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a certificate in Transitional Employment.

Program Details

    • Must be 18 years of age or older, on or before, of the program start date

    • Required Documentation:

      • Past program and educational reports

      • Previous assessments (if available)

      • Two letters of reference

      • Copy of High School transcripts

      • Examples of previous work experience (if available)
    • Please note: This program is for adults with developmental disabilities. All suitable applicants are interviewed.

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

    • Please ensure applicants select “Summer” as the Intake Year
    • A PDF Program Application is also available for download from Student Forms
    • Submit Required Documentation
  • Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

    Tuition, Fees & Payments


    If you have been offered a seat in the Transitional Employment Program (TEP), then you will be able to  complete your Alberta Foundational Learning Assistance application through an online application. If you require help with your application, then please contact us at 1.800.661.6537, ext. 8336 or Alberta Supports at 1.877.644.9992. Funding covers books, supplies, and tuition.

  • For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

    Academic Calendar: Transitional Employment Program (

    Term 1
    • Completed the following:
      • TEP1000 - Transition to College Life (1-2-0)
    Term 2
    • Completed the following:
      • TEP1010 - Transition to Workplace (1-2-0)
      • TEP1020 - Financial Management (1-2-0)
      • TEP1030 - Workplace Communications (1-2-0)
      • TEP1110 - Work Experience I (1-2-0)
    Term 3
    • Completed the following:
      • TEP1040 - Consumer Skills (1-2-0)
      • TEP1050 - Transition to Workplace II (1-2-0)
      • TEP1060 - Workplace Relations (1-2-0)
      • TEP1120 - Work Experience II (1-2-0)
    Term 4
    • Completed the following:
      • TEP1130 - Work Practicum (1-2-0)
  • Graduation Requirements

    To obtain a certificate graduate, students must obtain 30 credits and 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.

    Program Dates

    Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

    Class Registration

    You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

    Technology Recommendation

    It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

    • A device capable of running Microsoft Office, preferably a laptop

    As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

    • Go to
    • Enter your Olds College email address and password
    • Once logged in, there is a button on the right that says “Install Office Apps”

    This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

    Materials & Supplies:

    Information on other required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.

    Information for Parents & Guardians

    • A Consent to Release form must be submitted to Olds College of Agriculture & Technology in order to release personal details about the student to a parent/guardian.
    • Court-ordered Guardianship documentation must be submitted to Olds College of Agriculture & Technology in order for the parent/guardian to make decisions on the student's behalf, if applicable.
    • For parents/guardians who wish to stay apprised of the student's school activities, it is recommended that they set up an auto-forward process out of the student's Olds College email account to their personal email account.


"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

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Program at a Glance

Length: 11 Months

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Program Intake: Summer

Applications Open: October

Program Status: Open