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Canadians look to U of M for quality online professional development

March 2, 2018 — 

You don’t have to live in Winnipeg, and you don’t have to commit to attending classes on campus to extend your education at the U of M. There is a selection of professional development courses now offered online.

“We are seeing significant increases in online learners from Toronto, other Canadian cities, and even outside of Canada,” Gary Hepburn, dean, extended education, University of Manitoba, recently told the Toronto Star. “Even many of our local students here in Winnipeg attend online.”

Online learningU of M’s Extended Education courses offer quality professional development programs designed to help adults thrive in a rapidly changing economy. Courses are designed with university expertise to respond to the demands of today’s challenging marketplace. And, fortunately, there’s not always a need to come to class in Winnipeg when a selection of relevant personal development options are offered online.

Among the options is the innovative new adult learning program, the Certificate in Program Development for Adult Learners (PDAL). This program, offered entirely online, replaces the Certificate in Continuing and Adult Education (CACE).

A December 2017 report from the federal government recommended a third pillar of education for adults, to support K-12 and post-secondary schooling. The U of M saw a 58 per cent increase in non-credit adult education registration from the 2015/2016 to 2016/17 school years.

“The ability of someone in the workforce to transition and transform throughout their career is increasingly important,” Hepburn says. “The workplace is transforming so quickly now that people really do need to be lifelong learners.”

 

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