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Algoma U approves new First Nation undergrad certificate program

New certificate in First Nation social policy and community development is designed as a pathway into Algoma U's popular degree programs in community economic & social development and community development
2016 - 06 - 10 - Convocation - Klassen-9
2017 Algoma University convocation at Roberta Bondar Pavilion. Jeff Klassen/SooToday

Algoma University will add a new undergraduate certificate in First Nation social policy and community development.

Approved this past week by the university senate, the 10-course certificate is primarily aimed at First Nation social service administrators across the province, and at members of the Garden River-based Ontario Native Welfare Administrators’ Association (ONWAA).

"This standalone certificate can be completed in its entirety upon completion of 30 credits," says a summary presented to senators on Friday.

The certificate is designed as a potential pathway into Algoma U's popular bachelor of arts programs in community economic and social development (CESD) and community development (CDEV).

Eligible certificate courses include social service administration, computer applications, research methods, proposal writing, project management, finance and accounting, and community and strategic planning.

Other undergrad certificates offered by Algoma University:

  • interdisciplinary Aboriginal learning certificate
  • business administration
  • accounting
  • human resource management
  • marketing
  • community, economic & social development
  • certificate in computing
  • computer game technology
  • geomatics
  • law and justice
  • public policy and administration
  • social welfare

In other news, Algoma U's board of governors learned on Thursday that 22 applications have been received for the academic dean's position. New president Asima Vezina is chairing the search committee interviews.

Interviews for the position of executive lead, research have been postponed until President Vezina is able to assume leadership of the research advisory committee.

Algoma University is also advertising for a director of Anishinaabe initiatives. Interviews are expected to take place this month.