Four Winds Digital Essential Skills

The Four Winds Digital Essential Skills program prepares students by improving their digital essential skills and academic competencies to better prepare and retain employment or pursue higher education.

Program Details

The 20-week Academic Upgrading, Essential Skills and Digital Skills program is focused on capacity-building and the five foundational skills essential to entering and succeeding in the workforce. The program also includes: Basic Academic Upgrading in English, Math, and an Introduction to Indigenous Studies. Students are supported in developing and expanding their competencies across a range of general skills. With access to YTC's full range of student services, ESDW students will conclude the five-month program with a two-week work placement.

Essential Skills form the basis of the program’s 5 modules: 

  1. Indigenous Identity and Creating a Learning Portfolio
  2. Digital Technology and Computer Literacy
  3. Document Use
  4. Oral Communication
  5. Continuous Learning
  6. The Digital World of Human Resources
Basic Academic Skills, Grades 7-9 level

  • Reading and Writing English
  • Basic Math
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies

These skills

  • Help people perform the tasks required by their occupation
  • Provide people with a foundation to learn other skills
  • Enhance people’s ability to adapt to change
The program builds on a foundation of traditional Indigenous culture, knowledge, and language. Students are also supported by the wide array of services the College provides to help them on their learning path, including tutoring, counseling, library services, and career exploration. Four Winds Digital Essential Skills and Upgrading is offered in partnership with Alberta Advanced Education.

Admission requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements for this program. Applicants are required to complete:

  • YTC general application
  • Coordinator Interview
  • Academic assessment
  • Career Investigation Report
  • Self-reported assessments of the OLES essential skills indicators.
Please contact Brittany Sydora for information or to apply:

Frequently Asked Questions

The application fee is currently waived!

Courses offered in Essential Skills in a Digital World

Talk to the Program Coordinator for details.