The Autism CanTech! four-month program will cover employability skills, technical skills, and include a term project.

Employability Skills

Participants in the Autism CanTech! program will come away with the following employability skills:

  • Resumes, cover letters, and interview skills
  • Business communication skills
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Digital productivity
  • Professionalism
  • Introductory project management
  • Work-life balance
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Continuous learning and professional development

Job Categories

Foundations of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence (Data Analytics)

Participants who take the Data Analytics course will learn:
  • data processing
  • UML diagramming
  • records management basics
  • creating data sets from records
  • project management
  • learn to connect to relational databases using Excel, Power BI or SQL.
  • learn to wrangle data into clean datasets using SQL as well as Microsoft Power Query in Excel or Power BI
  • learn to create simple data models (star schema) in Microsoft BI.
  • learn to create interactive reports in Power BI.

This course focuses on all things data. Ideal for those who like spreadsheets, and to see nice orderly rows of information, that can be used in reporting, and to make graphs. In general this course would be ideal for someone who likes predictability, and orderly information.


Digital Asset Management (DAM)


Digital Asset Management (DAM) is the second job category to be developed by Autism CanTech! (ACT!) Participants who complete ACT!’s DAM program, will learn the practice of receiving, storing, organizing, cataloging, and retrieving digital files that have value to an organization, such as photos, videos, documents, design files, and logos.

Participants who take DAM will learn:
  • about the capabilities of a DAM system.
  • who uses a DAM system and why.
  • the lifecycle of digital assets
  • taxonomy design and cataloging metadata
  • rights management applications
  • digital asset use reporting.

This course revolves around classifying and giving order to objects (aka assets). From photos to videos, documents – embedding them all with information that will make it easier for humans or machines to find them and use them for specific purposes (called metatagging). This course would be suitable for those who like rigidity and order – but who like working with more creativity than just pure data offers.


Audio Design (AD)


This is the third job category currently in development with Autism CanTech! (ACT!). As this course has not yet undergone a curriculum development process, the following outcomes are currently under review, and will be updated as further information is available.

Participants who take Audio Design will potentially learn how to:
  • Record and create various sounds for sound libraries both in field and in studio.
  • Help organize/manage audio assets.
  • Mix, edit, process and implement sounds into projects.
  • Develop sound concepts, sound maps, or storyboards.
  • Troubleshoot and help fix audio bugs.

This is the most creative of the three job categories and is suited to those who like to pursue more creative endeavours.
 

At the end of all of the above Technical Skills portions of the program, student's will participate in an end of term project based on their competencies to create a work sample that can demonstrate and display the skills and lessons learned.

NorQuest College
Edmonton Campus

10230 108 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 4Z7
contact@autismcantech.ca
1.833.405.9919

Douglas College
New Westminster campus

700 Royal Avenue 
New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5 
778.628.5823 

Humber College
North Campus

205 Humber College Blvd,
Toronto, ON  M9W 5L7
416.795.5561

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Treaty Acknowledgement

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The ACT! Program is honoured to teach and learn across many traditional and treaty lands including the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples of the QayQayt (KuhKite) and Kwikwetlem First Nations to the West; through the treatied lands and traditional territories of the Nehiyawak, Dene, Stoney Nakoda, Nakota Sioux, Tsuutina, Annishnabe, Metis, and Inuit; all the way to the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit in the Place of the Alders along the Humber River Watershed in the East. The Autism CanTech! Team is dedicated to ensuring that Indigenous voice is centered, honoured and respected. In this spirit, we invite you to reflect on your relationship to the lands on which you are currently located, and take action for positive change in your community in this time of reconciliation.