Starting CEGEP is an important time in the life of your child, but it can also be overwhelming. An invitation has gone out by mail and Omnivox document to the parents of first-year students only. This information session is designed to help you better understand what lies ahead for your child in the transition from high school to CEGEP, and to be better prepared to help your child succeed throughout their time at Dawson. You’ll watch a short video and be able to chat one-on-one with Dawson teachers, deans, advisors and representatives from our First-Year Students’ Office.
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Live Chat: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Live chat has ended)
For information about the hybrid Fall 2020 Semester, visit https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/winter-2021-semester/
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Parents’ Night FAQ
Academic Advising a collaborative process between student and advisor designed to help students make responsible educational decisions. Advisers can guide students in setting an educational plan for your studies here at Dawson and beyond. We can provide students with information on graduation requirements, program transfers, college policies and procedures, applying to university and more. We can also help students access college support services. Academic Advising for daytime students is located in 2D.4. Continuing Education Academic Advising is in 2H.1. Drop-in times and online chat schedules can be found online.
Academic Skills Centre
The Academic Skills Centre can assist students in improving learning, reading and writing skills. Students can meet with staff on an individual basis, or in online video conferencing to help identify their needs to improve their academic performance. The Centre’s peer tutoring program can pair a student with a tutor to help him/her succeed in a wide range of subjects. Applications are available via the Academic Skills Centre’s website.
Athletics and Recreation
Dawson College has one of the largest inter-collegiate programs in Canada. A large number of recreational and intramural programs are also offered to the student population. For more information about which teams will be active during the Fall/Winter 2020 semesters, students can consult the Dawson College Blues website.
Awards and Scholarships
Dawson College recognizes and promotes excellence, leadership and community involvement through its scholarship and awards program. Students should take advantage of the many opportunities offered through the program. We suggest you encourage your child to explore these opportunities by consulting the website.
Campus Life & Leadership
The staff of Campus Life & Leadership provides advice and support to students, and designs activities that enrich academic and extracurricular life at Dawson College. The philosophy of Campus Life & Leadership is to focus on student development beyond the classroom through activities that offer educational, recreational and leadership opportunities. Students can get involved in the latest virtual activities by checking out their website.
Who can help students with emotional and mental health issues such as anxiety, panic attacks or depression?
Personal counselling provides an opportunity to explore your concerns in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Some of the reasons students come to counselling are; dealing with stress, losses, difficult relationships, feeling isolated or depressed, concerns with school performance and many others. Sometimes students avoid seeking help when they feel unmotivated or have a vague sensation that something isn’t right but aren’t sure what it is. Whether you know what is troubling you or aren’t sure, a counselling professional is available to meet with you and help you to define the problem and to work towards a possible solution.
Dawson College offers a wide range of credit and non-credit courses, seminars and programs for adults. Most activities take place in the evening or on weekends. To see what opportunities are available, consult the Continuing Education website.
The Financial Aid Department provides financial assistance services to students who are enrolled full-time in a program at Dawson College. Loans and bursaries help students who wish to study full-time, but who do not have the financial means to do so. Students registered on a full-time basis in a program (minimum of 180 hours per semester) may apply to the Quebec Loans and Bursaries Program. Forms, deadline dates, information and assistance can be obtained by visiting their website.
The library is available to students requiring a space to participate in their online courses. In addition to the usual services offered, they have expanded their resources to accommodate the challenges of the hybrid semester. To find out more, visit their website.
Small, large and portfolio lockers are available to students at a nominal fee with the rental of locks. Though many students won’t require lockers for the hybrid semester, those that have on-campus courses can obtain a locker through Omnivox. Instructions can be found on the Campus Life and Leadership website.
Ombuds Services provide an independent and confidential service to ensure that every member of the Dawson College community receives fair and equitable treatment. Qualified Ombuds staff investigate complaints, facilitate or negotiate resolutions, advise students and teachers on College policies, and assist students in meeting their obligations while ensuring that their rights are respected. More information can be found on the Ombudsperson’s website.
Student AccessAbility Centre
Students with special needs registered for either full- or part-time studies are eligible for assistance. Arrangements for hearing, visual or motor/ coordination impairment, documented learning disability or chronic medical condition, as well as students who have temporary special needs resulting from accidents or illness may use the service. Students who require special assistance should inform the College before registration.
Student Employment Centre
The Student Employment Centre assists students in finding employment, either for part-time work on and off campus, or for permanent positions, particularly for graduates in the career programs. Students can also get help with résumé building, interview techniques and job search tips.
Dawson Student Union
The Dawson Student Union (DSU) represents students at the College, with elected members working on their behalf. The student union has representation on the Board of Governors, Senate, Campus Council, among others, giving students a voice in school policy-making.
Student Health Services
Two nurses staff a drop-in centre, which students can visit for any health questions or concerns. The nurses are available for consultation on health counselling and education programs for individuals or groups. Students can also access a general practitioner, gynecologist or psychiatrist by appointment. Referral to other agencies or appropriate medical specialists can also be arranged.
The Hive Gender Advocacy Center is a service provided by the Dawson Student Union. The Hive offers resources for mental, physical, and sexual well-being. They distribute free condoms, lube, tampons, pads, and pregnancy tests, as well as discounted menstrual cups and chest binders. There is always a coordinator available to answer questions and help refer students to the specific support they need within the college or city.
The Dawson College Foundation, builds on a tradition of preparing students for life.
The focus of the Foundation is always on our students, who are at the heart of everything we are working to achieve. As Dawson College develops and grows, traditional government funding sometimes falls short. The Dawson Foundation is here to assure student access to an enriched learning experience and to supplement resources so that no valid project goes unfunded. Find out more about our Dawson Foundation Focus Areas.