Sometimes, numbers tell the strongest story. That is the case with Centennial College's School of Continuing Education. Consider that nearly every year, 22,000 students attend the School's 160 programs that feature 1,200 courses. Among these 22,000 students, there is a 97 per cent learner satisfaction. This high rate of satisfaction is thanks to a variety of reasons.
First and foremost, Centennial College's Continuing Education option includes part-time, evening, weekend, online and alternative format courses — all of which are designed to help students improve their skills, further their education and pursue a variety of interests. Secondly, the school carters to a wide range of people — from those who have taken a break to education to professionals looking to upgrade their skills to keep up with technology. Thirdly, all course and programs foster a mature learning environment with instructors who are well equipped to relate to students and ensure that they are being respected in every step of their education journey.
Among the specific Continuing Education areas of study are: Part-time Health Studies, Business, Computers and Information Technology, Early Childhood Education, Engineering Technology, Media and Design, Retirement Communities Management/Long Term Care Management, Food Service Worker, Addiction Studies, Transportation, and more.
As previously mentioned, there are both in-school and Distance Learning options. The more traditional Continuing Education option is to attend classes on campus. This works well for students who enjoy class discussions, projects and do better learning what face-to-face interaction with an instructor. These students attend courses a few times a week, often during the evenings.
Meanwhile, independent learners who excel from studying alone may prefer the Distance Learning option of Centennial College's School of Continuing Education. Under this umbrella, there are two choices. The first is taking Print Based Course, which usually take six months to complete. A print-based course offered through Continuing Education consists of lessons, written assignments, exams and the various tools for success. Upon registration, participants will receive a Registration Confirmation Letter, Proctor Information Form, Student Guide and all of the educational materials required to complete the course. A more modern Distance Learning option consists of online courses, which 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. In most cases, both delivery methods require students to attend the campus towards the end of their class to write a continuing education final exam.
Those interested in attending a Continuing Education program or course should be advised that each undertaking has its own prerequisites and it's best to check each individual program's page to ensure that students have the necessary 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. 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.