Pathways

Overview

Pathways programs (also known as Springboard to a DEC) are for students that:

  1. Wish to obtain pre-requisites to enter another CEGEP program,
  2. Would like to explore a CEGEP program at the college,
  3. Are deemed in need of institutional support in successfully making the transition from high school to CEGEP.
  4. Have not taken any credited college-level courses in the past.

 

Pathways programs achieve this by offering a blend of prerequisite, program-specific and general education courses, in addition to an academic success course which helps to strengthen the soft skills required to succeed at college, university or in today’s competitive workforce.  Note that successful completion of pre-requisite and the academic success course are requirements  for a student to enter the intended program of study at the college.

Testimonials for students placed into Pathways.

Student: Remo Taraschi
Graduated: 2009
Currently: BSc. Therapeutic Recreation, Concordia University.  Member of Concordia Stingers Men’s Soccer Team
Quote: “Being a disorganized student entering into college pathways helped me become more organized. Getting into a routine and making weekly schedules have helped me tremendously in university balancing school, sports, and social life. Pathways directed me into the right direction and I am grateful for it.”


Student: Phil Zanet
Graduated: 2008
Currently: PhD Parasitology, McGill University.Quote: “It helped me realize that if I wanted my goals to be achieved, I had to take destiny by the reins and drive it myself… When I looked around me, most people didn’t even have a goal yet.  It gave me assurance, confidence and resolve.”

Pathways to a Career

The Pathways to a Career program is a two-semester integration program for students wishing to enter into a Career field at John Abbott College. The program concentrates on preparing students for entrance into a Career program of their choice and gives students the opportunity to learn the necessary skills required to be successful. Students who are undecided about their future have the opportunity to explore a Career program before they make a choice. They can also obtain missing prerequisites or improve their academic record in order to meet entrance requirements for a particular Career program.

In both semesters, students will take General Education courses and a first-year Career program course, any missing prerequisite courses, and a Career Exploration course. The aim of this last course is to help students explore their career interests and to improve their academic skills.

  • Students will be required to complete a “Program Change” request online on Omnivox during their second semester to go into the Career program or other program of their choosing the following year.
  • Students should contact the Admissions Office to obtain information about entrance requirements and other information related to their intended program of study.
  • Change of Program to a Career program requires:
    – Satisfactory academic performance
    – Successful completion of the Career Explorations course
    – Successful completion of prerequisite course(s) if applicable

Pathways to Police Technology

The Pathways to Police Technology program is a two-semester integration program for students wishing to enter into this eld of study at John Abbott College, but who may not meet all the requirements for immediate entrance. In both semesters, students will take General Education courses and a sample of first-year Police Technology courses. In their first semester, students take English, French, Humanities, Physical Education, a Police Technology course (Criminology and Judicial Process) as well as a Career Explorations course. The aim of this course is to help students explore their career interests and to improve their academic skills.

  • Students will be required to complete a “Program Change” request online on Omnivox during their second semester to go into the Police Technology program the following year.
  • Students should contact the Admissions Office to obtain information about entrance requirements and other information related to their intended program of study.
  • Change of Program to the Police Technology program requires:
    – Satisfactory academic performance
    – Successful completion of the Career Explorations course

Priority will be given to students who possess a learner’s permit license by March 1 since, to enter the regular 3-year Police Technology program, students must already possess a probationary license.

Students are also required to pass a series of Physical tests before they may even apply into this program. Please visit the Police Technology program page for more information about physical requirements and tests.

Pathways to Science

This one- or two-semester program is designed for students who wish to pursue a diploma in the Sciences, but who lack one or more of the Science prerequisites (Sec. V Math Technical & Scientific Option (064506 or 564506) or Sec. V Math Science Option (065506 or 565506), Sec. V Chemistry and Physics).

In their first semester, students will take not more than six courses: English, Physical Education, Strategies for Success in the Sciences as well as any missing science prerequisites and/or introductory course(s).

  • Students who are still missing a prerequisite or prerequisites for the Science program and with a satisfactory academic performance can remain in Pathways to Science for a second semester to complete any missing prerequisites. To remain in Pathways to Science requires:
    – Satisfactory academic performance
    – Successful completion of the Strategies for Success in the Sciences course
  • Students can transfer to the Science program or choose another program at the end of their first semester depending on their performance and interests.
  • Students will be required to complete a “Program Change” request online on Omnivox during their first or second semester.
  • Change of Program to the regular Science program at the end of the first or second semester requires:
    – Satisfactory academic performance
    – Science prerequisites obtained
    – Successful completion of the Strategies for Success in the Sciences course
 
Student: Moneeb Durrani
Graduated: 2011
Currently: BEng Chemical Engineering, McGill University. 
Quote: “Pathways really taught me how to stay organized and study well ahead of time for university. The techniques I learned through pathways (study skills and my physics course specifically) were not only used for school, but for everything I did in my daily life.”

Pathways to Social Science

This one-semester program is designed to ease the transition into CEGEP for Social Science students with marginal Secondary V grades. The program concentrates on providing students with the necessary skills required to succeed in the Social Science program. Students take not more than 6 courses: English, Humanities, Physical Education, a choice between a Psychology or History course, a Social Science Level 1 course and Strategies for Success in the Social Sciences. Students with marginal grades do not apply to this program but are offered admission when space is available. This program is not always offered.

This program is for students who have met the minimum entrance requirements to the Social Science program, but did not meet the required average.

  • Students must transfer from Pathways to Social Science to the regular Social Science program or to another program of their choice.
  • Students will be required to complete a “Program Change” request online on Omnivox during their rst semester.
  • Change of Program to the Social Science program at the end of the first semester requires:
    – Satisfactory academic performance
    – Successful completion of the Strategies for Success in the Social Sciences course

Why choose Pathways

Pathways programs are transitional programs designed to help students reach their full academic potential or obtain certain prerequisites for a program they wish to enter. By combining a compulsory course in study skills development along with a mix of program specific, general education, make-up and/or introductory courses, Pathways helps students attain their potential and prepares them for a successful post-secondary education. These programs usually last between 1 and 2 semesters.

Programs & Courses

360-EXP-AB – Career Explorations

The aim of this course is twofold. The first is to help students develop skills, which will help them be more successful both in their college studies and in the workplace. The second is to provide students an opportunity to explore career options so that they can make more informed program choices.

Role of the course in Pathways: Successful completion of this course is a requirement for students to complete their Pathways Program and to be accepted into their chosen program. This course can then be used for complementary course credit in the student’s subsequent program planner.

360-SCI-AB – Strategies for Success in the Sciences

The aim of this course is twofold. The first is to help students develop skills, which will help them be more successful both in their college studies and in the workplace, particularly those related to the sciences and applied science fields. The second is to provide students an opportunity to explore career options so that they can make more informed program choices.

As a result of this course, the student will become an autonomous learner, an effective team player, be familiar with information and communication technologies, and will have laid down a tentative plan in order to achieve life goals. They will leave with the tools, skills and knowledge required to be successful academically, professionally and personally.

Role of the course in Pathways: Successful completion of this course is a requirement for students to complete their Pathways Program and to be accepted into their chosen program. This course can then be used for complementary course credit in the student’s subsequent program planner.

360-SOC-AB – Strategies for Success in the Social Sciences

The aim of this course is twofold. The first is to help students develop skills, which will help them be more successful both in their college studies and in the workplace, particularly those related to the social sciences. The second is to provide students an opportunity to explore career options so that they can make more informed program choices.

As a result of this course, the student will become an autonomous learner, an effective team player, be familiar with information and communication technologies, and will have laid down a tentative plan in order to achieve life goals. They will leave with the tools, skills and knowledge required to be successful academically, professionally and personally.

Role of the course in Pathways: Successful completion of this course is a requirement for students to complete their Pathways Program and to be accepted into their chosen program. This course can then be used for complementary course credit in the student’s subsequent program planner.

How To Apply

Students can apply on SRAM to one of the following options:

081.06 – Pathways to Science: For students who are missing one or more pre-requisite courses in high school in order to enter the Science program. Priority will go to those missing the fewest pre-requisites at the time of application. Select 081.06, then select 200.B0 Science as the intended program of study.

081.06 – Pathways to Police Technology: For students who cannot meet the immediate admission requirements to enter Police Technology (driving permit). Select 081.06, then select 310.A0 as the intended program of study.

081.06 – Pathways to a Career: For students who have either never taken prerequisite high school courses to enter an intended Career program, or who wish to explore a program. Select 081.06 then indicate your intended 3-year career program when prompted.

Note that Pathways offers two remedial streams in Science and in Social Science (300.14).  If our Admissions department has offered you a spot in a Pathways program in lieu of your intended program of study, contact the admissions office for more information.

For more information please contact pathways coordinator:
pathways@johnabbott.qc.ca
514-457-6610 x 5877

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