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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)

applications open: october 1 for the summer intake 

selection process for admission: first qualified, first accepted

tuition, mandatory fees, books, and supplies: please refer to the current fee schedule for details

  • Tuition & Fees: $12,800 / Books & Supplies: $450

*these fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. please note that this is an estimate for domestic students (international students should refer to the fee schedule) and all fees are subject to change.

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

admitted student information

program dates: find out when you 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.