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Inclusive Post-Secondary

Olds College is one of 20 Alberta post-secondary institutions to include students with developmental disabilities who are pursuing higher education by partnering with Inclusion Alberta. Inclusive Post-Secondary Education allows students with developmental disabilities to pursue the normative path of participating in regular programs, attending classes or labs, writing exams or assignments, and enjoying campus life at Olds College. 

Student participation on campus is essential to academic success and personal fulfillment. An Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Coordinator supports students with developmental disabilities year round to pursue an active campus life. The coordinator encourages the building of interpersonal skills and expanding employment networks by facilitating involvement in-and-out of the classroom, as well as off campus.

While students are enrolled at Olds College, the coordinator partners with students and their families to create a vision and create inclusive employment opportunities for students. Students participate fully in classes, labs and practicum/field experience opportunities with an enhanced audit status. The coordinator partners with instructors to individualize the program to fit the learning needs, goals and styles of the student. The student also participates in convocation, receiving a certificate of completion at the end of their studies. 

Students supported by inclusive post-secondary education often enhance their student experience by becoming involved in extracurricular activities such as: clubs, student associations, social activities and student residence. Some students also choose to work while they are going to school or participate in opportunities to further their career goals.

Interested in applying for Inclusive Post-Secondary at Olds College? Inclusive post-secondary education is open to any individual who is PDD eligible, we do not assess applicants based on complex needs and believe that all students should have the ability to attend College if they want.  Please note, tuition is not covered by PDD Funding and is the  responsibility of each student. Students should budget roughly $2000/year for tuition, textbooks and associational fees.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education

The Inclusive Post-Secondary Education initiative at Olds College, in partnership with Inclusion Alberta, provides opportunities for students with developmental disabilities to be fully included in a program of study, take part in campus life and pursue career aspirations. 

Students supported by Inclusive Post-Secondary Education participate fully in classes, labs, and field experiences through an enhanced audit status. The Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Coordinator collaborates with faculty to modify course content and learning outcomes. Students also participate in convocation, receiving a certificate of completion at the end of their studies. 

Students also have the opportunity to enhance their post-secondary experience through participation in extracurricular activities such as: clubs, student associations, campus events and student residence. In addition to campus life, students are also supported by the coordinator to find inclusive employment opportunities in their field of interest.

To learn more about Inclusive Post-Secondary Education at Olds College:

  • Identify a program at Olds College that interests you.
  • Determine eligibility for PDD (Persons with Developmental Disabilities) funding by contacting Olds Disability Services at 403.556.4322.

Contact the Coordinator of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education at Olds College
Jay Haukenfrers
jhaukenfrers@oldscollege.ca
403.415.5230