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Police benefit from new part-time university program


Police officers in Ontario can now complete a university degree on a part-time basis through an innovative new program.

The program, offered by the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, gives police officers credit for their on-the-job experience and education. Officers complete the program through intensive weekend classes combined with distance learning.

"Increasingly police officers are called upon to have an advanced knowledge of criminology, social policy, management, research methods, and the legal system," said Ron Stansfield, co-ordinator of the University of Guelph-Humber Justice Studies Program and a former police officer.

Work full time

"This program makes it possible for experienced officers to complete a university degree while continuing to work full-time."

Students in the program will attend three concentrated weekends of classes and lectures each semester. Between classes they will continue their learning through custom-designed distance education.

The first students will begin the program in September 2004. Upon graduation, students will receive an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph.

The University of Guelph-Humber is a joint venture of the University of Guelph and the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning that offers full-time and part-time university professional programs. All programs prepare students for careers and for further study at the graduate level.

Classes are taught in a new state-of-the-art facility in Toronto.

Prospective students can find out more at www.guelphhumber.ca.

Unique advertising account management program teaches the nuts and bolts

Centennial College is launching a unique Advertising Account Management program, addressing a desire by Canada's advertising industry to recruit more people with the right skills set up front. The one-year program allows a college or university graduate to learn the nuts and bolts of account management before joining an agency.

"Advertising firms want more university graduates, but they recognize many come out of university knowing little about advertising," says program co-ordinator Dean Cowell, an 18-year veteran of the industry. "Our graduate certificate program is designed to give them the specific training they need to thrive in the field."

Job placement

Students will work on complex marketing problems and develop strategic communication solutions through projects and case studies. They will learn how to do integrated marketing plans, media selection, financial planning for agencies and campaign planning. After two semesters of curriculum, students will spend the summer semester in an account management job placement with an agency.

The program is still accepting applications. It begins this fall at Centennial's Centre for Creative Communications in East York. Call 416-289-5000, ext. 8629, or visit www.centennialcollege.ca.

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