January 9, 2013
Learning For the Fun of It
Studies offers 100s of options for part-time learners
Released by Anne Russell, UFV
January and the kids are back to school, but what about you? The new
year is a great time to think about learning something new,
improving your career prospects, taking up a new skill, or just
learning for the fun of it.
UFV’s Continuing Studies
division offers hundreds of courses and several programs for people
interested in continuing their education. Many are short courses and
workshops, but there are also some longer certificate programs
focusing on specific career areas such as floral design, medical
office assistant, teaching ESL, or bookkeeping. Shorter programs are
offered in areas such as nail technician, property management,
conflict management, and makeup design.
For almost 40 years, UFV Continuing Studies has been the Fraser
Valley’s top source of continuing education options.
By taking a continuing studies course, you can learn something new,
begin a new career path, gain practical skills, improve your
marketability, and fill gaps in your education.
Always wanted to learn a
language? Need to upgrade your computer skills? Just want to learn
how to cook a few interesting new dishes (from Chef Dez
nonetheless!)? Or do you need FoodSafe for your work, want to learn
how to ride a motorcycle, or have an interest in trades such as
welding and electrical? Got backyard chicken flock and want to keep
it healthy, or want to learn how to properly prune your shrubs?
“There really is something for everyone in our huge menu of courses
and programs,” says UFV Continuing Studies director Cheryl Isaac.
“We make every effort to listen to our communities, find out what
kind of training and education they need, and then to provide it.”
Some interesting courses coming to Abbotsford this spring include
three-session courses on music and visual arts with UFV historian
Molly Ungar, and sessions on Sikhs in the Fraser Valley with
Satwinder Bains, director of UFV’s Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies.
Most Continuing Studies courses in Abbotsford are now offered at
UFV’s new Clearbrook Centre, housed in the same building as the
Clearbrook Library. The centre opened last year.
In Chilliwack, courses are
offered at the new Canada Education Park campus, including some at
the Trades and Technology Centre. UFV has also opened a Continuing
Studies office in Chilliwack for the first time in over a decade.
Longtime Continuing Studies employee Mandy Watts staffs this office,
which can be found in Building V on the Canada Education Park
Continuing Studies booklets were distributed to your doorstep the
week of Jan 8. Look for it with your fliers. Or check out the entire
course menu at www.ufv.ca/cs.
It’s never too late to learn. Hurry, some classes start soon and
fill up quickly. Others may be cancelled if enrollments aren't
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