During the next few weeks, area residents will notice a substantial increase in the population. Grocery stores, shops and restaurants will seem busier as Loyalist students join our community. Although many of the college students are from the local area, a large segment is from across Canada and other countries. They are from near and far, and they are completing their post-secondary education in ways that are as unique as the places from which they have arrived.
Full-time or part-time —students have the flexibility to choose a method of study that fits their life. Whether you are a high school student looking for a post-secondary education that will help you successfully launch your career, a mature student interested in returning to college, or currently in the workforce and looking to enhance your career opportunities, Loyalist provides options for everyone. Many of the daytime courses that are part of the college’s more than 55 plus career-oriented programs are available on a part-time basis; for example, the opportunity to complete the Developmental Services Worker or Early Childhood Education diploma programs is now available through distance education. Students are able to continue to earn income anywhere in the country while they work toward their diploma at a pace that meets their individual needs.
If you are thinking about returning to school it’s not too late. Seats are available on a limited basis in schools throughout the college, but it’s important to apply now. Counsellors are available to discuss career options and you may qualify for financial assistance or government funding through programs such as Second Career. In addition, the College Prep program offers opportunities for students to prepare for college by completing courses at the secondary school level. Students are admitted to this program each month, and courses are available in math, English and computer skills.
The college’s Continuing Education department offers a full range of general interest and business courses — and many career-oriented diploma and certificate programs. Information is available in the FOCUS calendar which was delivered recently to area homes and is available online at www.loyalistfocus.com. Registration for the fall programs is under way.