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Community and Justice Services

NEW for 2023 - An immersive experience that sets Cambrian College Community and Justice Services program out from other colleges. We are the ONLY CJS Program offering an immersive off-campus two-night three-day Indigenous experience, making our program a destination for an inclusive experiential curriculum.

In your first semester, you will enter into a two night-three-day immersive experience in a remote location with rustic accommodations, that will include programming from your faculty to introduce critical vocational skills, and education from Cambrian’s Wabnode Center on Indigenous traditional land-based teachings, all to foster belonging, independence, cultural awareness of Indigenous ways of healing that promote rehabilitation, and perspective-taking for persons in conflict with the law and Indigenous persons overrepresented in our criminal justice system.

Are you ready to be a change maker in our community and justice services? Our program unlocks your ability to work with diverse, marginalized groups including hard-to-serve populations, people at risk for being in conflict with the law, offenders in the community, and those incarcerated in our institutions. Our program prepares you to examine social and criminal justice through the lens of corrections, intervention and rehabilitation.​

Community and justice services professionals often work with clients who find themselves at a crossroads. This program opens the doors for diverse and exciting career options in correctional institutions, open and secure custody facilities, group homes, community corrections, advocacy, non-government agencies and even law enforcement and border security.  ​

Our faculty are skilled, committed, and have direct work experience within community and institutional correctional services. Our faculty take you beyond the textbook into applied learning in our Justice Simulation Lab – complete with cell blocks.  We provide the controlled learning environment for you to mediate crisis, de-escalate conflict, and roll with resistance.  You gain confidence through observation and practiced performance.  When the classroom experience is not enough, we network with our community partners to bring you to the field to experience it firsthand. ​

From your very first day of class, we will introduce you to the world of corrections.  Classes begin with a balanced examination of community and institutional correction to give you a strong foundation for the remaining semesters to effectively compare the unique needs, challenges, and care requirements of at-risk youth, young offenders, and adults in conflict with the law. You will focus on emerging social issues and explore ways to work with both offenders and victims in a variety of methods of appropriate interventions.

The program experience includes tours of adult and youth correctional institutions (Criminal Record Check Required), simulations, immersive learning and a 350-hour placement. Where possible, the location of placement will correspond to your preferred choice of vocation. Field placement is restricted to those who have successfully completed or are completing all required courses.​

In addition to your program courses, you will also receive specialized seminars, workshops and certifications in behaviour management, de-escalation techniques, assisting those at risk of suicide and interprofessional collaborative practices.​

Scroll down and click on View Program Details to dive deeper into the skills and certification you will take away from the Community and Justice Services Program.

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What's in it for you?

Career outcomes*

  • Federal and provincial corrections
  • Treatment center
  • Youth offender facilities
  • Residence for adult offenders
  • Assisting at-risk youth in youth diversion programs and supporting vulnerable individuals in local communities at non-governmental agencies and community-based services
  • You may also land in a career in law enforcement, border security

The final five weeks of the program will be spent on campus engaging in specialized training related to crisis intervention, self-defense, suicide, and mental health first aid.

Plan your future

Program starts

September 2023

September 2024

Learning options

  • Full-Time
  • Flex learning

Minimum technology requirements

  • Regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection
  • Web cam and headset
  • Personal computer
  • Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 operating system
  • Web browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • Apple Mac
  • OS X operating system
  • Web browser: Firefox or Safari

You’ll be accessing industry-standard software as part of your program. Your program coordinator and IT will set you up with access on your computer or within our campus labs. If you have any questions about these technology requirements, please email or call (705) 566-8101, ext. 7303.

For a full list of how your program will be delivered click here.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD policy to ensure a rich and flexible learning experience. Learn more about BYOD by clicking here.

System requirements for Assistive Technology

To access the widest range of Assistive Technology (AT), a Windows-based computer is recommended.

  • Recommended OS: Windows 10 or newer
  • Recommended CPU: Intel or AMD multicore processor
  • Recommended RAM: 8 GB
  • Recommended Storage for Assistive Technology: 8 GB of available Hard Drive of Solid State Drive Space (please note this is not the total drive size and refers specifically to available space needed for assistive technology)
  • Recommended Audio: Speakers or Headphones for Text-to-Speech and Microphone for Speech Input

While Apple computers can provide many AT options,  some specialized software may not be available/compatible with this platform.  Please consult with the Glenn Crombie Centre for further details.

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