Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE)

Cornwall Campus | Program Code: 0790
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The Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program is an academic based program. It is a two-year certificate program designed for adults with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries or other significant learning challenges who wish to further their education/vocational training in a community college setting.

CICE students will have the opportunity to complete an individualized CICE program of study including courses from a minimum of two or more areas of concentration selected from St. Lawrence College’s program offerings. Each semester, students will take 5 courses, each 3-4 hours in length. A Learning Specialist attends elective classes with students to support their academic needs. Elective course choices may depend on seat availability and program suitability. 

Coursework will provide CICE students with opportunities to develop and enhance their academic skills. Through field placement experiences arranged by CICE program staff, students will develop or refine their abilities in a number of potential work environments. Students can expect to be visited on their placements by our Faculty Advisors periodically throughout each semester.

CICE students are offered supports, such as curriculum modification, note taking, tutoring, and other related academic services as needed. Upon successful completion of all courses and the field placement requirements, CICE students graduate with an Ontario College Certificate in CICE.

The Goals of the Program

  • Participate in college courses and activities
  • Develop and strengthen functional academic skills
  • Develop communication in order to function effectively in the workplace
  • Develop skills for potential employment
  • Pursue personal areas of academic/vocational interest
  • Develop social and personal skills for success
  • Strengthen self-management and interpersonal skills such as self-confidence and self-esteem to enhance performance as an employee and team member
  • Contribute to the provision of a healthy, safe work environment

Program Details

Code 0790
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Campus Cornwall
Program Length 2 Years
Delivery Full-Time

Program Highlights

CICE Elective Courses in some of the following programs - Cornwall Campus

Based on seat availability, and subject to change.

  • Business
  • Carpentry
  • Early Childhood Education
  • General Arts and Science
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Police Foundations
  • Social Service Worker
  • Welding and Fabrication

Please let us know if there is a program offered on our campus that is not listed here. We can see if it might be an appropriate fit for a student working towards a Certificate in CICE.

Program Outline


This course is designed to help students develop and practice the communication skills needed to succeed both in their chosen program of concentration and in the workplace. The course will cover the basic elements of effective communication.

This course will provide students with their first experience in a vocational field. Students will be evaluated on establishing basic work skills such as being on time, participation, following directions, completing work assignments, interpersonal communication skills and overall skill development. Students will be closely supervised and are required to seek feedback on a weekly basis from their supervisor and/or their designate. Students will participate in a project-based placement simulation in preparation for field placement second semester. The project will include work place skill development and community-based activities in the second half of the semester.

Co-requisite(s): SEMI 1CI

In this course, students learn the fundamentals of professionalism for the college and placement settings. Learners develop an understanding of strategies for success and explore digital technologies that will support their learning.

  • Courses selected from the student's chosen area of interest

This course is designed for the student to participate with support in a work experience in their chosen area of concentration. Sound work habits, and interpersonal skills in the field will be developed as the student progresses through their training. Specific learning outcomes are developed at the onset of the field placement, and student performance is evaluated throughout the semester

Prerequisite(s): PLAC 1CI

Co-requisite(s): SEMI 2CI

This course is designed to facilitate the growth of the student into a well-rounded, competent employee. By meeting as a group, the students will discuss their experiences in the field and in the classroom. Students will also discuss current issues and trends facing employees in the work world. Topics include solving problems in the workplace, communicating effectively in the workplace, discrimination and harassment in the workplace, coping and having fun in the workplace.

Prerequisite(s): PLAC 1CI

Co-requisite(s): PLAC 2CI

  • Courses selected from the student's chosen area of interest

This course is designed for the student to participate with support in a work experience in their chosen area of concentration. Sound work habits, and interpersonal skills in the field will be developed as the student progresses through their training. Specific learning outcomes are developed at the onset of the field placement, and student performance is evaluated throughout the semester.

Prerequisite(s): PLAC 2CI

Co-requisite(s): SEMI 3CI

This course is designed to facilitate the growth of the student into a competent employee. By meeting as a group, the students will discuss their experiences in fieldwork. Students will begin to look at job search strategies including analyzing job ads, preparing for a job interview, and interviewing techniques. In addition, various community agency staff will be invited to discuss services available in the community related to support systems including, but not limited to job coaching and job placement. Students will develop self-evaluation tools and identify areas in which they excel and areas of performance which need improvement. Students will also develop methods for handling feedback in the workplace and strategies for improving performance as needed.

Prerequisite(s): PLAC 2CI

Co-requisite(s): PLAC 3CI

In this course, students continue to build on the oral, written, and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the work environment.

  • Courses selected from the student's chosen area of interest

This course is designed for the student to participate in a work experience in their selected area of concentration. As a continuation of Field Placement 3, training and expectations will be at a higher level. Students will practice their interview skills and be interviewed by the field placement supervisor or designate. The student will be expected to continue good work habits and interpersonal skills and improved vocational skills that commensurate with their level of skill and ability. An emphasis will be placed on problem solving in the workplace, and having the knowledge of where and when to get assistance in work related matters. Specific learning outcomes are developed at the onset of the field placement with the student's input. Student performance will be evaluated throughout the placement, with a final evaluation at the semester's end.

Prerequisite(s): PLAC 3CI

Co-requisite(s): SEMI 4CI

This course is designed to facilitate the growth of the student into a competent employee and prepare for employment. Students will review their educational and vocational experiences over the past three semesters and develop a skills profile cover letter and resumé highlighting their newly developed skills. Students will discuss their experiences in field work and other issues related to the working world. They will continue to learn and share job search strategies and practice their interview skills.

Prerequisite(s): PLAC 3CI

Co-requisite(s): PLAC 4CI

  • Courses selected from the student's chosen area of interest


Admission Requirements

Applications received by February 1, 2024 will be given first consideration for intake meetings. During the intake meeting, students will have an interview and a skills assessment for consideration for acceptance into the program. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date, however, until the program is full.

In order to be considered for an intake meeting, the following supporting documents are required:

  • Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or a Certificate of Accomplishment, equivalent, or mature student status.
  • Demonstration of academic needs that require curriculum modification in order to succeed (i.e. Individual Education Plan (IEP), Annual Education Plan (AEP), Psychological Educational Assessment, or other supporting documentation).
  • Two confidential references. Please note: the CICE staff will communicate directly with the confidential references listed on your student application form.

Application information is collected to assess eligibility for admission under authority granted by the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act. The College will grant access to members of the admissions committee and others strictly in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. You may direct your questions to Don MacIver at

    As the selection process unfolds, applicants must be able to meet the following preliminary criteria:

    • Attend an information session.
    • Demonstrate a level of independence which does not require any support and supervision in the college or at placement.
    • Ability to succeed in the program: building of skills for potential employment and demonstrate and enhance functional academic skills
    • Have a willingness to participate fully in the program in all elements of programming.
    • Ability to participate in programming without risk to health and safety of self and others.
    • Ability to provide own transportation to and from the college and field placement locations.
    • Participate in an individual application intake process to determine program suitability:
      • An interview with a small group of CICE and College staff,
      • A skills assessment (communication skills, computer literacy, and reading comprehension, etc.), and
      • Confidential references check components to determine program suitability.
    • Criteria to be considered during the intake process, but not limited to:
      • Communication skills,
      • Independence,
      • Self-motivation, and
      • Digital skills. 
    • Additional meetings may be required to assess unique individual needs. 

    Please note:

    • All students in this program will require a Windows laptop. Tablets, Chromebooks, or MacBooks are NOT suitable.
    • Students who are eligible for OSAP may be eligible for funding for assistive technology, including a laptop.

    Application Process

    Step 1 - Attend a CICE Information Session. Check the “Events” section at the top of this page for a list of upcoming information sessions (November & January). If you miss an information session, please contact the Program Liaison to discuss options.

    Step 2 - Complete and submit the following before February 1, 2024 for equal consideration:

    Kingston Campus Brockville Campus Cornwall Campus

    Step 3 - All applicants will be required to provide document(s) listed above that demonstrate the student’s need for modifications, such as Individual Education Plan (IEP), Annual Education Plan (AEP), or other suitable supporting documents by February 15, 2024.

    Please note: CICE staff will contact all applicants directly about the process for submitting documents.

    Step 4 - If the applicant meets initial eligibility requirements, based on documents submitted, they will be contacted by the Program Liaison to schedule an intake meeting that includes an eligibility screening (interview and skills assessment, as referenced above).

    Step 5 - Conditional program acceptance may be granted, pending confirmation of ability and safety to participate, as determined by further individual assessments.

    If you have any questions about the steps or the required documentation, please reach out to the campus Program Liaison.

    Other Requirements

    Criminal Background Check:
    Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.


    CICE student placements are facilitated directly by our Placement Learning Specialist, a member of the CICE team who understands specialized supports.

    • Placements are developed or chosen based on the vocational interests of each student.
    • Students attend placements each week throughout the semester.
    • The number of hours and expectations for placements increase each semester.

    Placement Partners may include:

    • conservation areas
    • childcare centres
    • schools
    • senior centres
    • retirement residences
    • restaurants and bakeries
    • hospitals
    • hair salons
    • esthetics studios
    • performing arts centres
    • print shops
    • insurance companies
    • a wide variety of community agencies
    • automotive businesses
    • radio stations
    • cabinetmakers
    • maintenance agencies
    • youth sports leagues
    • fitness facilities
    • animal grooming businesses
    • pet stores
    • marketing agencies
    • and others



    Program Fees
    Ancillary Fees
    $2,721.36 CAD
    Program Fees
    $0.00 CAD
    Ancillary Fees
    $1,002.63 CAD
    $3,723.99 CAD

    Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.


    Our Cornwall campus has a brand new library, new health simulation labs, renovated student common areas and more to make your transition to college life an easy one.

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    Career Opportunities

    Students graduating from the CICE program will be better prepared for a variety of entry level jobs. As well, some students may choose to enter other College programs after completing the CICE program, if admission requirements are met.


    " I took courses that I thought I couldn't do, but with the proper supports for my learning needs I did it. They helped me to excel in all my academic courses. They helped me to discover/build my skills. CICE is the best program that I’ve ever been to and I can’t imagine my life without them. "
    Narine Garibian
    " I never thought I would graduate college, but now that I am, I have butterflies in my stomach. It has helped me learn new skills in preparation to get a job. I have developed good communication skills, improved my time management, learned valuable computer skills and so much more."
    Alexander Croteau

    Program Contacts

    Program Contact
    Cindy Adams
    613.933.6080 ext. 2107

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