Con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion 11 new course of­fer­ings for 2017

Here’s what GTA schools are putting on their cur­ricu­lums in 2017

NOW Magazine - - CONTENTS - By KELLY BOUTSALIS

SCHOOLS ACROSS TORONTO, GTA AND THE

905 are al­ways re­fresh­ing their con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram of­fer­ings to keep up with new trends, top­ics and tech­nolo­gies. Some cour­ses are tai­lored to those who want to add or im­prove skills in com­pet­i­tive sec­tors, while oth­ers are geared to­ward self-im­prove­ment.

We’ve rounded up some of the more unique of­fer­ings launch­ing this fall, rang­ing from mind­ful­ness and stop-mo­tion pup­pets to food truck busi­ness and butch­ery.

MIND­FUL­NESS AND ART THER­APY UNIVER­SITY OF TORONTO SCHOOL OF CON­TIN­U­ING STUD­IES

Al­though mind­ful­ness may not seem like an ob­vi­ous sub­ject to find at a ma­jor post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tion, it has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar at uni­ver­si­ties around the world. U of T is the lat­est school to get on board, with a course aimed at so­cial work­ers work­ing in the realm of art ther­apy.

Pre­sented in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Fac­tor-In­wen­tash Fac­ulty of So­cial Work, the work­shop is taught by an art ther­a­pist and touches on the ori­gins of mind­ful­ness, as well as how art-based prac­tices have been in­te­grated into art ther­apy. It also cov­ers the ap­pli­ca­tion of cre­ative art ther­apy prac­tices in com­mu­nity and clin­i­cal en­gage­ment and heal­ing, as well as the neu­ro­science in­volved in mind­ful­ness art ther­a­pies.

LESSONS LEARNED IN THE FOOD TRUCK BUSI­NESS MO­HAWK COL­LEGE

Ev­ery­thing you wanted to know about run­ning a food truck can be learned in a half-day pro­gram at Mo­hawk’s Fen­nel cam­pus in Hamil­ton. Taught by 50 Pe­sos food truck owner Kristofir Rat­tray – the win­ner of the Food Truck Face-Off on Food Net­work – the les­son in­cludes start-up, lo­ca­tion se­lec­tion, food pur­chas­ing and more. Rat­tray, whose food truck trav­els around the GTA, has been in the busi­ness for two years. At­ten­dees will get to sam­ple 50 Pe­sos’s Latin cui­sine.

STOP MO­TION PUP­PET MAK­ING STU­DIO OCAD UNIVER­SITY CON­TIN­U­ING STUD­IES

In an in­dus­try that re­lies heav­ily on dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion, stop-mo­tion films made with pup­pets and cutouts are still rel­e­vant thanks to Wal­lace And Gromit and Kubo And The Two Strings. This course caters to young artists or aspir­ing film­mak­ers in­ter­ested in sto­ry­telling via stop mo­tion and cov­ers cos­tume cre­ation, sculpt­ing and de­sign, along with screenings and dis­cus­sions. It’s taught by an­i­ma­tor and artist Ju­lianna Cox, whose cred­its in­clude Shaun The Sheep and Co­ra­line.

THE IN­TER­NET OF THINGS RY­ER­SON UNIVER­SITY’S G. RAY­MOND CHANG SCHOOL OF CON­TIN­U­ING ED­U­CA­TION

The In­ter­net Of Things course orig­i­nated from the re­al­iza­tion that sev­eral Ry­er­son fac­ulty mem­bers across sev­eral de­part­ments have wide-rang­ing knowl­edge about the in­ter­net. This course ap­plies that broad knowl­edge to emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, ar­chi­tec­tures and strate­gies. It also looks at how con­nected cars, SMART cities, wear­ables, SMART home ar­chi­tec­tures and the Cloud are man­aged, scaled, se­cured and mon­e­tized.

IN­TRO­DUC­TION TO BUTCH­ERY GE­ORGE BROWN COL­LEGE

This culi­nary arts course gives aspir­ing butch­ers a chance to break down whole rab­bits, suck­ling pigs, lamb legs, and beef pri­mal cuts. Stu­dents up on food trends de­manded the course, which cov­ers how to pre­pare roasts, ribs, steaks, stew­ing meat, ground meat and porchetta. Chef and butcher/meat cut­ter Ian Dowsett in­structs.

WINE AND SPIRIT ED­U­CA­TION TRUST HUM­BER COL­LEGE

Aimed at any­one start­ing out in the wine in­dus­try or fur­ther­ing their knowl­edge of vino, this day­long, be­gin­ner-level course ex­plores the types and styles of wine by sight, smell and taste. Stu­dents also learn the ba­sics of how to de­scribe wines – “quaf­fa­ble but far from tran­scen­dent,” à la Side­ways – and how to make food and wine pair­ings and daz­zle at din­ner par­ties with ref­er­ences to notes and bou­quets.

AUTISM AND BE­HAVIOURAL SCI­ENCE CENTENNIAL COL­LEGE

As part of its Child and Fam­ily Stud­ies pro­gram, Centennial Col­lege is in­tro­duc­ing a group of cour­ses to aid knowl­edge of Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der (ASD). Of­fer­ing two field place­ments along­side aca­demic study, stu­dents will ad­vance their knowl­edge and aware­ness of in­ter­ven­tion tech­niques. Ad­di­tion­ally, the course teaches how to de­sign and em­ploy be­hav­iour strate­giesand work with fam­i­lies. It’s aimed at health care prac­ti­tion­ers as well as early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors.

CER­TIFI­CATE IN BIG DATA AN­A­LYT­ICS YORK UNIVER­SITY SCHOOL OF CON­TIN­U­ING STUD­IES

One of the biggest sec­tors in need of em­ploy­ees is data sci­ence. This pro­gram, which of­fers cer­tifi­cates in Big Data An­a­lyt­ics and Ad­vanced Data Sci­ence and Pre­dic­tive An­a­lyt­ics, was launched with an ad­vi­sory board made up of chief data of­fi­cers of pub­lic and pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions across the GTA. The pro­gram is billed as “hands-on,” i.e., project ori­ented, with stu­dents work­ing in teams of three to four as they would in the work­place.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND EPI­DEMI­OL­OGY CER­TIFI­CATE OF COM­PLE­TION MCMASTER CEN­TRE FOR CON­TIN­U­ING ED­U­CA­TION

Over three cour­ses and nine units of study, this on­line course teaches the struc­tural units of the body, risk fac­tors of health and dis­ease and di­ag­nos­tic in­ter­ven­tions to find a nor­mal or ab­nor­mal re­sult. It also cov­ers the course of a patho­log­i­cal con­di­tion, meth­ods used in dis­ease out­breaks and eth­i­cal prac­tices and pro­fes­sional stan­dards in health care. The cer­tifi­cate pro­gram is in­tended for health care work­ers look­ing to ad­vance their ca­reers, as well as new­com­ers to the field and in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sion­als in need of Cana­dian health care ed­u­ca­tion.

CY­BER SE­CU­RITY SENECA COL­LEGE

De­spite in­no­va­tions that have made us more cy­ber-se­cure, both gov­ern­men­tal and pri­vate sec­tor ac­tors are strug­gling to ad­dress a tal­ent gap in this field. De­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Lambton Col­lege, this course is mostly on­line, though there are also in-class cour­ses launch­ing at Seneca’s Markham cam­pus. It’s geared to peo­ple who al­ready work in IT, and all 12 cour­ses fea­ture prac­tice labs that give stu­dents a chance to de­sign and im­ple­ment a com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture for a fic­tional com­pany.

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