These student services might offer just the support you need

We believe in supporting our students, both inside and outside the classroom. If you need help choosing courses, dealing with personal problems, improving your study skills and more, we’ve got the services to help you succeed. Aboriginal Student Services, Accessibility Services, Counselling and our new Student Support Navigators offer support and resources for Douglas College students. Keep reading to learn more.

Aboriginal Student Services

Aboriginal Student Services strive to respond to the needs of all students who are Aboriginal, First Nations, Metis, or of Inuit backgrounds – this means status and non-status Natives from North America – so that they can succeed as a self-directed, independent learner. The Aboriginal Student Services centres at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses offer a number of services including:

  • Culturally appropriate support services, activities and events at the College and in the community
  • One-to-one support with the Aboriginal Student Advisor
  • Student assistants who offer peer mentorship and additional support
  • Information about funding options, bursaries, scholarships, awards and student loans
  • Assistance finding accommodations and child care
  • Access to a range of academic workshops
  • Opportunities to participate in and witness traditional cultural presentations

In addition to these services and more, the Aboriginal Student Services centres provide quiet study spaces and information on Aboriginal history and culture for the Douglas College Community.

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services works with you and your instructors to create an individual plan for accommodations and support. They are here to make Douglas College an accessible and welcoming place for all students. If you are anticipating or experiencing barriers to access, Accessibility Services can help with:

  • Educational support for completing course requirements (tutoring, study skills, exam prep)
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Readers/scribes
  • Individualized accommodations and adaptations for exams
  • Note-taking assistance and free NCR paper for lecture notes
  • Transcriptions of materials to accessible format (Braille, audio tape)
  • Temporary accessible parking permits
  • Liaison with community-based disability service agencies and more

Students requesting accessibility services and accommodations must present comprehensive, qualified and current documentation showing one of more barrier, which substantially limit one or more of their major life activities related to the request.

Counselling

College can be a stressful and confusing time, but you don’t need to face it alone. Douglas College counsellors are here to help you find ways to manage personal challenges, plan your future career and manage the pressures of college life so that it’s an enjoyable experience. There are three types of counselling services offered to Douglas students:

Personal counselling is available to help you deal with personal concerns that may be affecting your studies or personal well-being. Counsellors will work with you to explore what’s happening in your life and help you identify strategies to help. Topics you may seek counselling for include stress management, interpersonal relationships, building self-esteem, adjusting to college, managing anxiety, depression, coping with grief and loss, and more.

Career counsellors are available to help you explore your academic and career goals. Learn about career planning, explore your career interests, access resources for researching career options, post-secondary programs and more.

Educational counselling and student advocacy services are available if you are facing academic difficulties. Counsellors are available to help you understand your options and choose a course of action for a variety of situations, including academic probation, options when course withdrawal is not possible, grade appeal and more.

Student Support Navigator

If you have experience in Ministry of Children and Family Development Care, alternative secondary education, or are a first generation student or a mature student, a Student Support Navigator is here to provide outreach and guidance. They can assist with:

  • Familiarizing students with the campuses and services available
  • Applying for the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program and additional bursaries
  • Accessing counselling and mental health supports
  • One-to-one support with goal setting and tracking
  • Building connections to the community
  • Referrals to additional support services and more
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