Part-time, evening, weekend, online and alternative format courses are all a part of ensuring that everyone can obtain an education through Centennial College’s School of Continuing Education. The School’s programs are designed to help adult learners improve their skills, further their education, pursue a variety of interests and enable them to embrace new possibilities. And these program options are clearly on the right track when you consider, for example, that continuing education was deemed by researches more of a necessity and less of an option in today’s workplace. Therefore, employees are encouraged to participate in continuing education courses to simply keep up with their areas of expertise. In addition part-time, evening, weekend and online classes may also suit parents with small children, those who must continue to work while attending school, those who may not be able to afford to travel to campus, and many others.
Every year, 22,000 School of Continuing Education learners take advantage of Centennial College’s 160 programs that feature more than 1,200 courses and have a 97 per cent learner satisfaction. Part of the reason for the satisfaction statistic is the fact that continuing education options provide a mature environment and an understanding of the needs of adult learners by experienced faculty. In addition, continuing education provides effective instructor to student ratio and an optimal classroom size enabling competent peer interaction.
Registration for a continuing education option starts with asking yourself: Do I have the necessary course prerequisites? To register for certain courses or programs, you must meet specific, identified prerequisites or requirements prior to registration. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the necessary prerequisites. Without the necessary course requirements, you may be asked to withdraw, with the risk of academic and/or financial penalty. Also, please be advised that within certain programs there may be qualification requirements and costs for external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions. These are set by the granting bodies and not by Centennial College. In order 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. You’ll be able to find more information about this when you apply online for the Continuing Education program of your choice.
As previously mentioned, you may choose to study through the School of Education’s Distance Learning or on campus. Should you think that a physical classroom is a better fit for you, Centennial College has four campus locations. All campuses are centrally located and easily accessible by public transit. Classrooms are fully equipped with tools and labs to ensure that hands-on practice is obtained. Meanwhile, Distance Learning, designed with flexibility in mind, is a form of instructor-led study enabling students to work through course material and assignments in their own time and space, with 24- hour access to the online classroom.