York University launches the School of Continuing Studies
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York University announced the launch of a School of Continuing Studies on Monday, Jan. 12 with two new certificate programs that are designed differently than other post-secondary institutions.
“Our programs aren’t designed to take in a piecemeal fashion,” said Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly, executive director of the School of Continuing Studies, noting that continuing education classes to date haven’t changed much over the last several years. “It’s still about taking classes to enhance professional knowledge.”
But the two new human resources management certificate programs, which begins in the fall with both full-time and part-time options, will be offered in cohort format in which enrolled students can move through the program together.
Taylor-O’Reilly added that the programs will help students develop the business and communication skills required to excel and move into leadership roles in the field of human resources management.
“Employers are looking for well-rounded people…and to understand their business,” she said, adding they’ve consulted with vice-presidents of major companies to better equip students for the workforce. The new School of Continuing Studies is also aiming to bring the existing continuing professional programs at York together with the York University English Language Institute (YUELI), providing further second language and academic support for international students.
“It’ll ensure students have the full range of skill sets they need in order to be successful,” said Rhonda Lenton, vice-president academic and provost.
Billed as the first of its kind in Canada, a full-time post-degree human resources management certificate program will allow students to earn a certificate in eight months.
Working professionals can choose to take a two-year, part-time certificate program with summers off. It will initially be offered online and then in a blended learning format, which combines online work with weekend classes.
“York University’s new School of Continuing Studies will be a valuable addition to our academic offerings,” said Mamdouh Shoukri, president and vice-chancellor of York University.
With the application process opened since last week, Taylor-O’Reilly said 14 applications have already been submitted with 50 total spots available for the inaugural program. “I would encourage them to look now,” she said.
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