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Learning Blocks

This unique learning experience offers a 3-week in-person Foundation Block in September, followed by six one-week in-person Learning Blocks throughout the year.

What is a Foundation Block?

The Foundation Block is a three-week in-class experience in the first year of the Digital Technologies program where students are set up to succeed both academically and professionally.

It’s an opportunity for students to network, team build, get familiar with useful technologies and working environments and learn how they can balance work with study. Students will also establish connections with their peers, instructors and skill coaches during this time.

Managers will be invited and expected to attend one day at the Foundation Block during the three-week period. Students will have an opportunity to get started on coursework, including in-lab components, and attend various workshops to strengthen their skills across a variety of topics, including math, programming and computing environments before joining you in the workforce.

What is a Block Week?

A Block Week spans from Monday to Friday and takes place in person, on campus.  Each term consists of two Block Weeks, with a total of six Block Weeks throughout an academic year.

During Block Weeks, lectures, interactive discussions and hands-on lab sessions are scheduled. Students engage directly with their peers, instructors and skill coaches in a collaborative environment.

In addition to attending classes, students have the chance to dive into the vibrant student life on campus, participating in different student activities and networking opportunities.

In-person Learning Calendar

The in-person learning calendar outlines the dates that students will be out-of-office for in-person Block Weeks. (Fall/Winter/Summer 2023-2025).

Note: Students at workplace – Time off is coordinated between students and employers.

Students Admitted in Fall 2023: Year 1 in 2023-24

TermFoundation Block
(3 weeks)
Block Weeks
(2 weeks per term)
FallSeptember 6-22, 2023October 23-27, 2023
December 4-8, 2023
WinterFebruary 5-9, 2024
April 1-5, 2024
SummerJune 3-7, 2024
July 22-26, 2024

Students Admitted in Fall 2023: Year 2 in 2024-25

TermBlock Weeks
(2 weeks per term)
FallSeptember 30-October 4, 2024
November 18-22, 2024
WinterFebruary 3-7, 2025
March 24-28, 2025
SummerJune 2-6, 2025
July 21-25, 2025

Students Admitted in Fall 2024: Year 1 in 2024-25

TermFoundation Block
(3 weeks)
Block Weeks
(2 weeks per term)
FallSeptember 4-20, 2024October 7-11, 2024
November 25-29, 2024
WinterFebruary 10-14, 2025
March 31-April 4, 2025
SummerJune 9-13, 2025
July 28-August 1, 2025