Co-curricular framework

CCR is enhanced with our newly developed Co-Curricular Framework.

Four pillars. Sixteen competencies. Countless learning moments.

Learning is not meant to be linear. Let’s explore and find the missing piece of the puzzle together and further complete your co-curricular learning experience.

Why design a Co-Curricular Framework?

The framework was designed with Columbia College’s mission of equipping students to become responsible global citizens in mind. It aligns with our vision to provide opportunities for students to contribute to positive social change. It also has strong ties with our values of embracing opportunities for improvement.

We want to provide you with as many opportunities as possible to strengthen your skills under these four pillars: Digital Literacy, Employability Skills, Personal Growth and Development, and Real-World and Community Impact.

What are the Co-Curricular Competencies?

A co-curricular pillar encompasses an array of topics and skills, which are broken down into more detailed co-curricular competencies. These competencies are technical or soft skills you are expected to acquire upon completing a co-curricular opportunity. Consider this:

Click on the competencies below for more information on how they further your skills:

Digital Literacy

Technology Leverage

Utilizing technical resources, both devices and applications, at your disposal to process and produce meaningful content

Data Management

Storing, organizing, sharing data on different digital platforms while being mindful of privacy and security; considering methods to visualize and/or analyze data as required to enhance clarity and understanding

Digital Competence

Learning and grasping new technical concepts and applications and incorporating linkage to real-life needs

Digital Citizenship

Demonstrating an understanding of potential cyber risks and security issues online; modelling responsible, ethical behaviours when using technology

Employability Skills


Conveying information and responding to others using language/styles, formats, methods, and applications appropriate to the context and social/professional norms


Becoming an active member in group settings, respectfully encouraging input and feedback, and taking ownership of the collective, interdependent actions and decisions made

Leadership Development

Identifying opportunities, modelling positive behaviours, working with the strengths potential of all members in group settings to reach and execute a unified vision; tactfully navigating team dynamics and taking initiatives leading to joint responsibility

Planning and Organizing

Preparing and performing diligently planned courses of action; managing tasks by prioritizing, developing details, and assessing risks and opportunities

Personal Growth and Development

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Identifying and assessing issues and contingencies by applying critical questions and perspectives; identifying solutions and alternatives, determining possible channels/avenues to take action, and incorporating innovation and logic


Gaining confidence in your strengths and limits through evident growth and understanding; recognizing your needs and desires, and developing strategies to cope with demanding situations and to reach personal goals


Recognizing your strengths and taking responsibility for your behaviours and decisions; setting measurable goals and expectations for yourself and being open to constructive criticism and feedback for improvement

Knowledge Pursuit

Identifying skills gaps and trends and actively acquiring new information in line with short-term and long-term learning goals; making attempts to demonstrate learned skills in appropriate situations and sharing learning opportunities with others


Recognizing and being comfortable with constant changes and ambiguity; reflecting and adjusting practices, behaviours, and directions as situations arise and being willing to experience and learn from failures and mistakes

Real-World and Community Impact

Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Recognizing the impact of your actions and beliefs on the community and the environment and making ethical, sustainable decisions prioritizing the greater collective

Multicultural Awareness and Diversity

Recognizing your cultural identity, acknowledging intercultural differences, and actively contributing to reducing barriers and increasing inclusion and other’s sense of belonging; being a champion for equitable practices and advocating for meaningful changes and support


Acquiring, understanding, and sharing the First Peoples Principles of Learning and adapting indigenous ways of practices; being responsive to indigenous history, culture, and needs