Pathway to Employment for Internationally-Trained Professional Women

Alma Betancourth

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Campbell

City: Pickering, Ontario

Occupation: Manager, Employment Initiatives

Year: 2022


  • Digital Learning
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Other


This Capstone project is a program designed to include a blended learning approach/environment (in-class instruction and virtual learning), guiding internationally-trained professional women who arrive in Canada as new immigrants in best strategizing their job search in Canada for suitable employment. It also includes a placement component with a 12 to 16 week placement with an employer in their fields of training/professional experience. This work placement will provide participants with the Canadian work experience they need to find long-term employment in their fields, as well as connections (mentors, colleagues in the same field) which will in turn add a social/recreational element to their enhanced learning. An added aspect of this program would also be cultural acclimatization through employment and social participation within a Canadian work environment.

Student Biography

Alma Betancourth completed her Master of Education at University of British Columbia in Kelowna. She recently joined The Daniels Corporation in Toronto as a Manager of Employment Initiatives. She has worked as an Employment Counsellor / Employment Workshop Facilitator / Career Development Specialist for the past six years. Alma has an Advanced Journalism (Broadcast) diploma from Humber College and holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Mass Communications from York University. She was born in Nicaragua and has lived in Toronto since 1988. Alma is the proud mother of two sons: Alex Fabian and Jalen Gabriel.