Wednesday, May 28, 2014

School of Continuing Education Covers Wide Range of Areas

Deciding to go back to school is an easy decision for some. They know exactly what program they wish to attend, they can clearly envision their career and they have already decided what delivery format is best suited for them. However, other students may find the decision to continue their education quite intimidating. It doesn't have to be.

At Centennial College, students can pursue a Toronto education that is tailored exactly to their needs thanks to the School of Continuing Education (CE) and its array of offering and delivery formats. To help students with choosing what is best for them is the Student Advising Centre, which includes a branch called Academic Advising. This service helps students make well-informed educational choices by assisting them in finding a program which is customized to their overall career goals. Advisors provide students with up-to-date program information and connect them with the appropriate resources on campus, which will further aid in their academic enrichment. Academic advising at Centennial College is provided by a knowledgeable body of faculty and staff who strive to assist students during their transition to Centennial.

Once students have a clear idea of their Continuing Education goals, they will also obtain an idea of the delivery format that may suit them the most. The majority of CE programs are offered as on-campus undertakings. Students attend classes part-time on evenings and weekends. These classes are facilitated from specialized campuses that are designed to compliment the curriculum of particular programs. As such, students complete projects and attend classes within fully-equipped labs and classrooms.

If, however, a student's schedule doesn't permit him or her to attend on-campus classes, Centennial College's School of continuing education offers Distance Learning. This modality is best suited for independent learners who wish to study in their own time with minimal help from faculty members and little peer-to-peer interaction. With access to online classrooms, students have some sense of class through discussion boards and email interaction. Meanwhile, through Print-Based Correspondence, students study on their own with access to mentors and faculty members via phone. Their materials are mailed to them at the beginning of their course.

The School of Continuing Education offers programs in the areas of Business (Financial Planning, Investment Services, Canadian Investment Funds); Art, Design and Languages (Digital Publishing, Spanish, Screenwriting for Film and Television); Community Services (Child and Youth Worker, Early Childhood Education, Therapeutic Recreation); Engineering and Technology (AutoCAD, Electrical Power Systems, Fluid Power Technician); General Education and Teaching (Training and Development, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Teaching English as a Foreign Language); and Transportation and Motorcycle (Automotive Service Advisor, Scooter Training, Electrical/Electronics Automotive).

Distance Learning offerings, meanwhile, focuses on very practical offerings that may also build on the education and experience that students have already been achieved, either in Canada or another country. Among specific online programs are: Retirement Communities Management, Ophthalmic Medical Personnel, Medical Office Assistant, Fundraising, Canadian Employee Relocation. Lastly, specific Print-Based Correspondence courses include: SmartServe, Cosmetics by Correspondence, Business Management – Marketing and more.

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