Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE)

Are there additional materials that I have to supply?

There may be additional lab/supply costs depending on your selected program of choice.

How is the field placement chosen?

The School’s Field Placement Officer works with the student to choose an appropriate field placement.

How do I apply?

An application is made online through Once the application has been received, applicants will download a package outlining additional information that needs to be completed and submitted prior to February 1. Upon receipt of the completed package, prior to the submission deadline, applicants will be invited for an interview.

How much does the CICE program cost?

Current program fees can be found at Students can apply for financial assistance through Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) at

How will the students be selected?

The selection will be based on the information supplied in the application package as well as the interview.

Is the CICE program currently offered at any other Ontario colleges?

Yes, the CICE Program is offered at other Ontario colleges. You can search the Ontario Colleges website to find out further information on the other colleges offering the program.

Is transportation supplied?

No, transportation to and from college and work placements is the responsibility of the student.

Will I get a job when I graduate from the CICE program?

While in the program at Durham College you will have gained valuable work experience and academic skills that can assist you in finding a job after graduation if you so choose. The CICE team hosts a transition event every May to connect all CICE students with employment and community resources available to them upon graduation. Durham College’s Hired Career Services department also provides assistance with job search strategies for students/graduates.

I receive ODSP the Ontario Disability Support Pension. Will taking this program interfere with that?

No, you will continue to be eligible for ODSP while attending college.

What credential will I graduate with?

Upon successful completion of your two years of study in the program, you will graduate with an Ontario College Certificate in CICE.

What is the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) Program?

The modified Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program is designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities or significant learning challenges. You will access courses in many program areas (based on seat availability).

It will provide you with an opportunity to experience college life and enhance your academic and vocational skills by taking regular college classes modified to fit your academic abilities.

You will receive support from Learning Facilitators including:

  • Curriculum modification
  • Note taking
  • Tutoring; and
  • Other related support, as needed

Learning facilitators will also provide you with support in the classroom and via a weekly tutorial. Note: No support is provided outside of these academic settings.

Each semester, you will take academic courses with modified curriculum in a selected area of concentration as well as programming common to all CICE students. Field placement experiences (unpaid) that enable you to develop vocational abilities are an integral part of the CICE program.

What program areas will be available for me to choose courses from?

Courses are drawn from a variety of Durham College programs, and may not come from one specific program area, but a variety of programs related to a vocational field of interest.

How will I know if I have been accepted into the CICE program?

Once the interview process has been completed, Durham College will notify successful applicants to the program. The earliest that successful applicants will hear from Durham College is February 1.

If I am accepted into the program, when do I start?

The Tuesday after Labour Day is program Orientation day for all first year students. Classes will begin the following day.

While in the CICE program, are parents and support workers granted access to academic (or other) information regarding the student?

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is the general legal principle college staff and faculty are legally bound to adhere to. Regardless of program enrolment, this means staff and faculty are precluded from sharing information about students with family members or support persons.

Who can I contact at Durham College should I have any further questions?

Kristina Frendo-CumboAdmissions Officer 905.721.2000 ext. 7612

Will there be 1:1 support for the duration of the program?

No, you must have a level of independence that precludes constant support.