Learn to speak dog, write your life story
Continuing education not just for professional development
Mention the words ‘continuing education’ or ‘part-time learning’ and courses and programs designed to help you further your career or even launch a new career may come to mind. But continuing education also offers a host of lifestyle and leisure that can help you enjoy a favourite hobby or discover a new interest.
Here’s a sampling of some unique classes, some of which are part of programs that lead to certificates or designations.
LEARN TO SPEAK DOG Learning how to read subtle body language and common dog behaviour, and how to recognize the different types of barks and what they mean will help to create a deeper bond, manage behaviours and prevent unwanted situations at the dog park, on a walk or at home. Offered at Centennial College
HOME IMPROVEMENT Get ready to tackle your own home improvement projects with courses in carpentry, basic electrical, plumbing, hardwood installation, ceramic tiling, and crown moulding and other interior applications. Complete all courses and earn a recognition of achievement. Offered at Durham College
EDIBLE GARDENING IN THE
CITY Learn how to grow and harvest vegetables, fruits and herbs. Develop your ability to transplant and maintain plants while surveying new cultivars and classic selections. Learn to garden in a variety of settings, from patio containers and vertical gardens to raised beds and community plots. Offered at George Brown College FOUNDATIONS OF MINDFULNESS Explore the history of mindfulness as a universal practice of cultivating awareness, from ancient wisdom traditions to the story of the Buddha and the spread of Buddhism.
This course is part of a certificate in mindfulness studies, which provides an opportunity to learn and practise various mindfulness-based interventions, which may be utilized both personally and professionally. Offered by Humber College
TRUE TO LIFE: WRITING YOUR
OWN STORY Adventure, turbulence, joy: we all contain a universe of stories. Is it time for you to get started, or restarted, in putting your personal narratives on paper? This relaxed, supportive workshop will help you find the tales you want to tell and the craft and technique to make them compelling to read as memoir, personal essay or a beginning exploration.
Offered at Ryerson University’s The Chang School of Continuing Education
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME Whether you call it ‘soccer,’ ‘football’ or ‘footie,’ it’s the world’s No. 1 sport. Sportsnet soccer host James Sharman talks and leads debates on everything from the Premier, La Liga, Serie and the Women’s World Cup to Major League Soccer, Bundesliga and the Championship. Offered at Seneca College
ONE Learn how to speak, read and write Spanish at an introductory level. Discuss various Spanish and Latin American cultural, social, historical, geographic and economic issues. Complete all three conversational courses and earn a recognition of achievement. Offered at Sheridan College
SONGWRITERS’ SKILL SET Need to break out of your songwriting rut? Generate new songs each week and workshop them in a respectful group environment. Topics addressed include borrowed chords, using the modes, improving your melody, modulation, how to finish verse two, good habits for prolific writing, and lyrical dos and don’ts. Suitable for all musical levels. Offered at University of Toronto