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  • 1. Experienced Workers Denyce Diakun, M.Ed
  • 2. Recognition of Prior Learning
    • Algonquin has a commitment to embracing an increasingly diverse student population and reducing barriers to college education
    • A key pillar in this foundation is recognizing learner’s prior experiential learning 
    • Algonquin assigned personnel to champion the RPL PROCESS
  • 3. What we know
    • RPL motivates people to return to formal education and training
    • RPL improves learner confidence, self esteem and motivation to learn
  • 4. What we know
    • The levels of participation in RPL are not as great as one would have anticipated
    • People seeking higher levels of qualifications participate in RPL as opposed to people who have faced barriers in their formal education
  • 5. Providing service for:
    • newcomers just arriving
    • those out of work for the first time in a long time
    • young adults out of work
    • those in mid-life malaise
    • those wishing to re-enter the workforce
  • 6. Intake and Referral System
    • Established an enhanced, client-centric intake referral process
      • Provide single point of contact and follow-up for candidates
      • Gather information prior to enrolment
    • Provide support in identifying goals and utilizing existing College services to enable the client to achieve them
      • Maintain liaison with client to build longer term relationship and retention support
  • 7. The Approach:
    • Self Understanding; interests, abilities, work values, and personality characteristics
    • Empowerment; to overcome any personal sense of powerlessness
    • Understanding the environment (Who needs people like you?)
    • Aristotle said “Where your talents and the world’s needs meet – there lies your vocation.”
  • 8. The Approach;
    • Understand the role of RPL in their career development
    • Develop benchmarks that allow the candidate to succeed
    • Assessment processes are valid for what is being assessed and fair for who is being assessed
  • 9. Assessment Process
    • Assessment processes are valid for what is being assessed and fair for who is being assessed
    • Encouraged to recognize their strengths and capitalize on transferable skills
  • 10. Future Direction
    • Get unstuck
    • Realize untapped potential
    • Increase the chances of getting a new position that aligns with strengths and values
    • Provide tools for managing and developing oneself
    • Provide a fresh approach essential for navigating the rest of one’s life
  • 11. Essential Skills for Today’s Economy
    • Career development is the responsibility of the individual
    • Need to develop and manage oneself on a continual basis
    • Learning is continual and formal
  • 12. Future Directions
    • " Knowledge workers are likely to outlive their employing organization. Their average working life is likely to be fifty years .” Drucker