Continuing & Community Education

Continuing & Community Education is a department of the Ottawa Catholic School Board that provides learning opportunities for all ages and backgrounds throughout the city of Ottawa. Whether it’s learning a new language, improving your skills, furthering your career or achieving your personal goals, we are ready to support and welcome you! Continuing & Community Education supports the community by offering adult high school, camps and seasonal programs, the International Student Program, the International Languages Program, and more.

Programs for adults

Adult Learning & Skills Development

Employment training programs that will help you improve your communication, reading, writing, math and basic computer skills.

English As A Second Language

Our ESL program will help you with reading, writing and grammar, speaking and listening, pronunciation, workplace skills, computer literacy and citizenship preparation. Day and night classes are offered throughout Ottawa for New Canadians, Landed Immigrants, Refugees, Refugee Claimants, Visa Holders, Visitors and Diplomats.

English As A Second Language – Summer Program

Our ESL summer classes teach English language, reading, writing, conversation skills, citizen preparation, and are offered throughout Ottawa for New Canadians, Landed Immigrants, Refugees, Refugee Claimants, Visa Holders, Visitors and Diplomats.

General Interest

Fitness, art, design, and language are some of the exciting General Interest programs we offer.

Language Instruction For Newcomers To Canada (LINC)

Funded by the Government of Canada through Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the LINC program is offered to adults 18 years and older who are permanent residents or convention refugees. This program helps Newcomers to Canada participate in Canadian society quickly by providing language training, settlement skills and basic pre-employment skills.

St. Nicholas Adult High School

St. Nicholas Adult High School provides a flexible e-learning model in order for learners (18+ years) to succeed in their high school credit courses. Adult learners can earn their high school diploma, upgrade their current marks, be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) or Mature Student Evaluations, earn credits while working, and have access to academic, career and personal counselling.

Secondary (Grade 9 – 12)

Summer School

Summer School at the Ottawa Catholic School Board is open to all learners and offers many exciting summer learning opportunities: Reach Ahead Courses, SHSM Co-operative Education, Skills Builder, and Credit Recovery Achievement Centre.

Beginner Driver Education: Summer Program

The Beginner Driver Education Program is run in conjunction with D.T.S.M. Driving School, a Ministry of Transportation Approved BDE Course Provider. The program runs throughout July and August and combines in-class, at-home and in-car instruction in preparation for the Ontario G2 Driver’s Test.

Focus On Youth Program

Focus on Youth is a partnership between the Ontario Government, school boards and local community agencies, which provides summer programming for students in identified high needs urban neighbourhoods.

International Language Credit Program

Student success includes thriving in a global society, and access to more than one culture and language enriches the lives of students, families and the community. This program is designed to develop language skills as well as an appreciation for diversity through FREE classes that run on Saturday mornings.

Summer Camps

Our summer camps are a combination of fun and games with a focus on your child’s educational development. Whether your child wants to explore physical activity, STEM, gaming, culinary arts, the outdoors or the visual arts, we have a camp for them.

Elementary (JK – Grade 8)

International Languages – Elementary

The International & Indigenous Languages Program – Elementary, promotes cultural and linguistic diversity, and is available for all children of elementary age (starting at age 4), regardless of their language background and the school board they attend. Along with learning another language, students will participate in many diverse activities such as storytelling, role playing, writing/speech contests, dance and more!

International Languages – Elementary: Summer Program

Students will be provided with engaging activities to practice oral communication, reading and writing in a social, fun online setting. This program promotes cultural and linguistic diversity, and is available for all children of elementary age (starting at age 4), regardless of their language background and the school board they attend.

March Break Camps

We offer families a variety of options to meet their busy schedules and a variety of camps from sports variety to basketball to tennis to radical science, or have it all with science, sports, cartooning and fitness all wrapped up into one camp!

Summer Camps

Our camps are a combination of fun and games with a focus on your child’s educational development. Whether your child wants to explore physical activity, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming, gaming, culinary arts, the outdoors or the visual arts, we have a camp just for them.

Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes

Young Rembrandts was created to be fun. Through the process of weekly instruction, Young Rembrandts students are exposed to a wide variety of subject matter, artistic concepts, art history and mastery of their materials.