A Deconstruction of Continuing Education

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A Deconstruction of Continuing Education Photo by Jason White

At Centennial College, students who are looking for an option that doesn't involve sitting in a classroom full-time can opt for the School of Continuing Education. Whether students seek to complete a credential, upgrade a skill, learn a new skill, or simply take a course of interest, they can find the courses they need in this Continuing Education option. Let's take a look at its essential facts and benefits.

  • The School of Continuing Education works with industry associations, professionals and the community to ensure it is delivering the most up-to-date courses and content.
  • Program co-coordinators are constantly keeping an eye on trends and areas of interest so offerings reflect the diverse and ever changing needs of the Continuing Education student population.
  • Continuing Education courses are partnered with a range of organizations, among which are Canadian Pro Drivers Inc., Canadian Society of Training & Development, Human Resources Management of Ontario, Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario and a host of others.
  • Students rate instructors and courses highly: 95 per cent are very satisfied/satisfied with instructor quality; and 94 per are very satisfied/satisfied with quality of courses.
  • Continuing Education students may enroll in part-time courses that require them to attend classes during their evenings and weekends.
  • Attending on-campus classes gives students the chance to complete projects, learn through case studies and field trips, interact with fellow students and generally enjoy person-to-person interaction.
  • The School of Continuing Education employs experienced instructors who understand adult learning needs and offer flexible, learner-centered teaching methodologies.
  • Among the continuing education areas of study are: Transportation, Addiction Studies, Business, Computers and Information Technology, Engineering Technology, Food Service Worker, Media and Design, Health Studies, Retirement Communities Management/Long Term Care Management, Early Childhood Education and more.
  • Online Distance Learning is a Continuing Education option that sees students learn at their own convenience and from their home computer.
  • Distance Learning gives students access to a 24-hour virtual classroom in which instructors, through emails, online forums and discussions, lead courses.
  • Correspondence or print-based courses offer Continuing Education students the chance to work at their own pace within typically a six-month time frame.
  • Print-based courses are best suited to students who work independently with minimal supervision.
  • In most cases both delivery methods (online and print-based) require that students attend the campus towards the end of their class to write a continuing education final exam.
  • All Continuing Education programs the Continuing Education school have their own prerequisites. Students should check each individual program's page to ensure they have the needed requirements to apply.
  • Within certain programs there might be qualification requirements and costs for external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions. These are set by the granting bodies and not by Centennial College.
  • To qualify for any of those external accreditations, designations, certification or recognition, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and materials of those external bodies.

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