Community Development / Community Economic Development

What is Community Development / Community Economic Development?

Community Development/Community Economic Development is a two-year diploma program that prepares graduates to become facilitators of change in communities that may be experiencing multiple barriers to development.

What can you expect to learn?

  • Practice CD/CED principles universally, to build sustainable, healthy and equitable communities.
  • Foster trust relationships and build social capital, creative viable teams and networks able to sustain the community development/community economic development process.
  • Mobilize and empower communities for leadership and critical thinking, through facilitation, education, capacity building, power-sharing, advocating and mentoring.
  • Communicate across cultures and sectors using visual, written and oral methods to support co-operation and understanding amongst community stakeholders.
  • Use, adapts and maximize technologies to create and communicate information to communities.
  • Plan, document and evaluate organizational and community initiatives using a variety of participatory methods.
  • Support community planning by designing, implementing and reporting on research such as mapping assets, assessing needs and monitoring trends and new practices.
  • Network to identify, maintain and assess community resources.
  • Generate revenue and wealth through grants, partnerships, business development and donations; develops funding proposals and business plans; builds and maintains funder relationships; meets reporting requirements.
  • Manage and administer organizational resources to provide stability and sustainability.
  • Use human resource management principles to build, motivate and manage staff and volunteers within a safe environment.
  • Demonstrate personal integrity, reliability, ethics, accountability, and resourcefulness in all roles.

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