More adults turning to Part-Time Studies to boost career options

While some flock to Niagara College’s Education classes to pursue exciting new interests and activities, an increasing number of adults are using Part-Time Studies to boost their careers.

The classes – which are typically held on evenings and weekends – give students an opportunity to advance in their current profession or acquire new skills transition into a new one, without having to quit their current jobs for training or miss a paycheque in the process.

“In these challenging economic times, jobs are scarce. Many adults take Part-Time Studies courses to give them a competitive edge allowing them to compete for more lucrative positions within their field,” said Kim Walker, Dean of Part-Time Studies. “Professional certificates and designations are the most popular venues for this enhancement and CE offers 68 different options.”

Professional Certificate programs and online courses have been experiencing steady growth. About 10,000 students a year enroll in career-enhancing credit courses at Niagara College. Since 2009, 1,600 additional students have taken CE credit courses.

Niagara College offers a variety of Professional Certificates. Popular choices include courses in professional communications, developing effective teams, Canadian business law, human resources management, health and safety, medical office terminology, developmental disabilities and aging, and professional development and ethics. Students have up to five years to complete the program.

Niagara College offers more than 600 Part-Time Studies courses and programs for adult students. Most of them take place on evenings and weekends. Courses offer a broad range of credit, vocational and general interest areas and are offered at locations throughout the Niagara Region. Part-Time Studies allows students pursue studies on a part-time basis towards the completion of many certificate and post-secondary programs.
Registration for Winter 2012 courses opens Monday, December 5. The majority of classes begin Jan 16, 2012.

A Part-Time Studies brochure was recently mailed to households in the Niagara region. The Winter 2012 Part-Time Studies Web Guide is now available at

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