In a fast-paced, hands-on profession like emergency dispatch, theory can only take you so far. MacEwan's communication lab uses advanced software to simulate the real world environment.
During the final month of the program students complete a field placement to bridge the gap from the classroom to the workplace.
Note: Field placement is scheduled immediately upon completion of Winter term courses. Field placement may be scheduled on weekdays, weekends, and holidays during both day and evening shifts.
International students must have a co-op work permit before starting field placement/clinical/practicum. A co-op work permit is different from your study permit; it is an additional permit that authorizes international students to participate in work that is integral to their program of study. You will need an up-to-date medical exam by an IRCC approved panel physician before applying for a co-op work permit as you will be working with vulnerable populations in a health, community or medical field.
Ask MacEwan International about the documents you need to apply. You should apply for a co-op work permit 4-6 months before the start of your field placement/clinical/practicum as current IRCC processing times are lengthy.