Trillium College Answers Community Needs with New Diploma Program

Community and Developmental Service Worker Program Now Enrolling for Fall Term

July 27, 2015 (Oakville, Ontario) Trillium College is proud to announce the launch of a new program, Community and Developmental Service Worker (CDSW), at its campuses in Oshawa and St. Catharines. The first classes will begin September 28. This new hybrid of Trillium College’s Community Service Worker and Developmental Service Worker programs bridges both professions into one diploma that affords greater employability with in-demand credentials for the graduate, coupled with the necessary soft skills to compassionately serve the community’s members in need.

The hands-on diploma training program includes 43 weeks in class, 40 hours volunteer service in the community, and 14 weeks in-field placement. The curriculum is dynamic and deep, including courses in psychology, addictions, behavioral management, pharmacology, dual diagnosis, counselling techniques and more. Classes are taught by industry professionals and focus on the student’s development of practical skills and confidence to support people of all ages, children and adults, who have mental and/or physical disabilities or face struggles with mental health, addictions, or other social challenges.

“I’m thrilled we are offering a program that focuses on a segment of our population that truly needs our help,” explained Amanda James, Managing Director at the St. Catharines campus. “We will be teaching our students how to assess an individuals’ needs and determine what services will best meet their needs, whether it be social, physical or mental health services. Our graduates will serve as team members who help with the assessment and/or implementation of services. They will truly be making a positive difference in peoples’ daily lives.”

Graduates of this new program will have varied career opportunities that include, but are not limited to, addictions support worker, residential counsellor, group home support worker, long-term care worker, developmental service worker, and educational assistants.

“Trillium College offered separate Community Service Worker and Developmental Service Worker programs, but during a regular curriculum review, we felt everyone would be better served by merging the programs and ensuring the latest curriculum met the evolving needs of our community,” described Christopher Mediratta, President of Trillium College. “The enriched content provides a broad-based education with a diploma obtained in just a little over a year and produces a well-rounded human services professional.”

Enrollment is open for the CDSW program at the Oshawa and St. Catharines Campuses. Call 855-234-2008 or visit for further information.

Specific Program Information about the new CDSW Program can be viewed here. 

About Trillium College

Trillium College is registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 in Ontario, Canada. All Trillium College diploma programs are approved as vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. Programs are offered at seven campuses throughout Ontario: Burlington, Kingston, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, and Toronto.

Programs are offered in four areas of concentration: Business, Health, Social, and Technology. Programs vary by location. For further information, visit