The General Certificate pathway provides learners with a high degree of choice and flexibility. This program is the jumping off point for students who are looking to determine their long-term academic or career goals as well as those students who have specific academic/career pathways beyond the other General Arts and Science pathways.
This program provides opportunities to refine key academic skills and strategies while developing the foundational knowledge needed to help ensure success in subsequent post-secondary studies. Furthermore, this program allows students to immerse themselves in the post-secondary experience – becoming better acquainted with the life, workload, expectations, and opportunities of a college student.
Students in this pathway will be required to complete six courses per semester (12 courses in total). These include five core courses in Communications (two), Computers (one), Mathematics (one) and Preparing for Academic Success (one), which will help students develop key skills and strategies like time management, spoken and written communication, numeracy, computer literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking. The remaining seven courses, depending on academic/career interests, can be chosen from a wide variety of General Education electives including the natural sciences, social sciences, and liberal arts.
The student advisor offers individual academic planning assistance; students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor before selecting their courses. Some General Arts and Science courses are also transferable to other post-secondary programs. Graduates of the General Arts and Science program may qualify for admission to and/or advanced standing at a university or another college.
- It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that the courses they register in are appropriate for the stated admission requirements for future program choices.
- Successful completion of the GASC certificate does not guarantee admission into another post-secondary program.
- Since each educational institution determines its own admission requirements, if you are planning to attend another college or a university, please ensure that the courses taken meet the other institution’s admission requirements.
- The student advisor offers individual academic planning assistance; students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor before selecting their courses.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Design ongoing strategies and plans for personal, academic and career development.
- Acquire specific academic skills which are needed for success in a future program of studies.
- Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
- Extend flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to increase communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
- Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques
- Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.