Continuing Education is All About Options

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Continuing Education doesn't always require sitting in a classroom or listening to lectures. That's because this education pathway is all about options that mature learners can relate to and benefit from. At Centennial College, Continuing Education students have three different ways to obtain the post-secondary credential that they are seeking.

First, students who enjoy learning through technology but are too busy to travel to campus or can't afford to or have other responsibilities that prevent them from attending evening and weekend classes can opt for the online Distance Learning route. This Continuing Education format put students into a virtual classroom that they can access 24 hours a day, at their convenience. Courses are led by instructors who are professionals and evoke a classroom feel through online discussions, email correspondence and communication tools. Among the online Continuing Education courses offered at Centennial College are Automotive Service Advisor, Business Writing, Education Assistant, Home Inspection, Fundraising, Medical Transcriptions, Law Clerk and more.

Secondly, students who face challenges attending on-campus classes but feel uncomfortable with the idea of a virtual classroom can instead choose Continuing Education's Print-Based Courses. In this instance, students work at their own pace, typically within a six-month time frame. Print-based courses, which consist of lessons, written assignments, exams and the various tools for success, are best suited for students who work independently with minimal supervision. Among these Continuing Education courses are: SmartServe, Business Management – International, Business Management – Marketing, and more.

The final Continuing Education option at Centennial College involves attending part-time evening and weekend on-campus classes. These programs are offered at Centennial College's four locations — Ashtonbee Campus, Progress Campus, Morningside Campus and the Centre for Creative Communications. Each location houses specific Schools to offer students the tools they need to succeed. Studying on-campus offers fully-equipped facilities, a classroom setting, group projects, labs, presentations and more. With 160 continuing education program options, Centennial College's School of Continuing Education is a reliable choice for areas of study such as: Media and Design, Fitness, Early Childhood Education, Business, Accounting, Languages and more.

All programs facilitated through the School of Continuing Education come with their own prerequisites and students should check each program's page to ensure that they have the necessary requirements to apply. It should also be noted that 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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Klaudia is the author of this article that outlines the Continuing Education school at Centennial College, which offers 160 programs.

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