Starting CEGEP is an important time in the life of your teen or young adult, but it can also be overwhelming. This information session is designed to help you better understand what lies ahead in the transition from high school to CEGEP, and to be better prepared to help your teen or young adult succeed throughout their time at Dawson.

Watch the video above and then join the webinar to be able to ask your questions to Dawson faculty, students and representatives from our First-Year Students’ Office.

Webinar details

Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Link: (Zoom will appear on this page at 7:00 p.m.)

Zoom link:

For information about the return to campus, the Fall 2021 Semester and COVID protocols visit

For questions about the event, please e-mail

Parents’ Night FAQ

Who can students contact for advice on their academic choices?

Academic Advising

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.

Where can students find support for their courses, such as tutoring or time management tips?

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.

Are there sports teams students can join?

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 2021-2022 semesters, students can consult the Dawson College Blues website.

How can I apply for academic/community awards and scholarships?

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.

Where can course books be purchased?


The Bookstore is open during for the Fall 2021 semester, and offers an online order module through Omnivox. Instructions for online purchases can be found on the bookstore’s website.

How can students get involved in campus life?

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 by checking out their website.

Who can help students with emotional and mental health issues such as anxiety, panic attacks or depression?

Personal Counselling

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.



What courses are available to parents and other family members?

Continuing Education

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.

What if a student requires financial assistance?

Financial Aid

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.

What does the Library offer?


The library is available to students requiring a space to study. To find out more, visit their website.

Where is the information about lockers?

Locker/Lock Rentals

Small, large and portfolio lockers are available to students at a nominal fee with the rental of locks. Students can obtain a locker through Omnivox. Instructions can be found on the Campus Life and Leadership website.

Where does a student turn if they cannot resolve a dispute with a teacher?

Ombuds Services

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.

What if a student requires accommodations for a learning disability or diagnosed health issue?

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.

Is there a service to help find part-time jobs for students?

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.

How can a student get involved in student government?

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.

Is there a nurse’s office on campus?

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.

What if a student has questions about sexual orientation or gender identity?

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.

How Does the College Foundation support my child?

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.


Last Modified: September 2, 2021