Five Pillars of
Career and Community Development Model +
Cultural Foundation = Excellence
College IT diplomas
Global Industry Certifications
TeKnoWave (a one year program) is based on a proven and
successful foundation developed by its principle partner,
Willis College. The academic standards used within TeKnoWave
are high. The programs are based on solid adult education
model developed and delivered successfully by TeKnoWave
partners and are practically oriented and adapted to the
Aboriginal community. It is essential that technical training
be integrated with cultural and spiritual respect. Therefore,
Aboriginal leadership and Cultural seminars are internal
part of TeKnoWave training. It involves delivering TeKnoWave
in a culturally appropriate manner and in settings conducive
to enhance learning of complex technologies.
closely with the University
of Winnipeg, Willis
College, global industry certification providers, Aboriginal
IT firms and Aboriginal leaders, we have designed the programs
to best prepare students for jobs in the high tech field.
TeKnoWave credits are recognized by the University of Winnipeg
and can be applied against the first year of a Bachelors
degree program (negotiations underway with several more
Canadian universities - Queens U, Carleton U, Ottawa U,
and First Nations U).
TeKnoWave integrates technical,
university management and cultural elements form local elders
as well as communication and presentation skills training
in partnership with organizations such as Toastmasters.
The program offers successful graduates three choices: (1)
immediate career opportunities in corporate Canada or Aboriginal
communities, (2) opportunities to start new businesses,
and (3) opportunities to continue university studies for
an undergraduate degree.
TeKnoWave graduates receive
5 Pillar model benefits:
||Accreditation and Certification
Willis College IT or Business Diploma, Industry Certification,
such as A+, Sun, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle Measures graduates
IT skill knowledge & job readiness.
||Private Sector Engagement
The private sector, including small, medium and large
corporations, are involved to ensure that the curriculum
is directly pertinent to local and national needs, thus
providing seamless and smooth transition to the workforce.
Particular emphasis is placed on local Aboriginal IT companies.
Mentoring programs connect students to local IT professionals.
Company visits, entrepreneur and business leader special
presentations, Job banks and placement services are integrated
in the program.
||University, Career College and Cultural Program Integration
The blend of technical, business, cultural and advanced
communications skills development at the university level
responds to important requirements in today's workplace,
where soft skills and workplace essential skills are as
important as technical specialization. This integration
provides the graduate with a university certificate, develops
workplace essential skills, and broader knowledge to support
a service or consulting career, or to successfully face
the challenges of entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the program
addresses the need for the type of broadly skilled individual
who is required to support community-based applications
where there are no resources to engage specialized experts.
||Credit Transfer and Lifelong Learning
An articulation mechanism, established between private
and public education, enables successful graduates to
transfer credits at the undergraduate level. Willis College's
48-week IT curriculum has been evaluated and approved
for degree credit transfer. The process puts in place
the underpinnings of a lifelong learning infrastructure
and encourages a culture of continuous learning. Combining
a Willis' IT program and the University of Winnipeg's
Management Certificate into a year-long program, provides
TeKnoWave graduates with 27-30 university credits towards
a degree in its Department of Business Computing &
||Community Internship Program (CIP) Portfolio Rooted in the Community
TeKnoWave is delivered in both urban facilities and on-reserve.
Partnership with local Friendship Centers ensures access
to social support (e.g. day care, counseling). Partnership
with local elders ensures spiritual support. Mandatory
community internship program to apply what us being learned,
gain experience, help communities understand importance
of IT and put value back into the communities.