Got resolution envy? Your New Year’s resolution solution may be as close as your nearest community college.
Centennial College, for example, is offering more than 1,200 evening, weekend and online courses to adult learners looking to kick-start their New Year’s resolutions by learning a job skill, improving their English or pursuing a new pastime.
"There’s tremendous interest in continuing education at this time of year," says Chris Dudley, acting dean of Centennial’s School of Continuing Education. "We see a dramatic change in people’s attitude in January, especially as the weather turns colder."
New courses at the college this year include wind energy generation, geographic information systems (GIS), English for foreign-trained professionals, Photoshop software, home renovations and skid-control driving, among many others.
Got a good idea? Invention 101 teaches you how to develop your product idea and avoid common pitfalls. It introduces students to all aspects of the invention process, including product development, patents and trademarks.
If you’re a parent to teenagers, you may be looking for some guidance. Family counsellor Dr. Herman Chow leads a workshop in effective communication — the basic building block of any relationship — with your teenager.
Centennial offers a series of Monday night cooking classes that introduce students to delicious creations from around the world, including Morrocan, Spanish, Indian, Thai and vegetarian cuisine. At the end of each class students sit down to eat and share their work.
Health Care 101 decodes nutrition labels and vitamin supplements, and explains how common drugs work, what constitutes safe use and how to utilize off-the-shelf medical devices such as inhalers and glucose meters.
The college is a leader in transportation technology and offers plenty of auto-related courses, including a car care clinic aimed at women who want to prolong the life of their vehicle with some basic maintenance tips.
Centennial is hosting a free part-time studies information session on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. It’s taking place at Progress Campus, 941 Progress Ave., just east of Markham Rd. in Scarborough.
"If you’re wondering about what to take, it’s a great opportunity to receive personalized advising from our program supervisors," says Dudley. "We find most adults are looking for professional certification or new skills to help them advance their careers."
To view Centennial’s part-time courses, visit www.centennialcollege.ca/ce.