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Summer vacation season may be in full swing, but Centennial College has just released its annual continuing education calendar to help adults start planning their part-time studies pursuits this fall.

The 224-page book is packed with more than 1,000 evening, weekend and online courses of interest to busy people who want to upgrade their job skills or acquire new ones, improve their English or pursue a pastime.

More than 100 subjects are being offered for the first time, including courses combining cuisine with cultural studies, money laundering (part of the Police Education program), professional home inspection, managing your PDA (Palm Pilot), and a guide to buying a used motorcycle.

Tuition-free workshops are available on such helpful topics as job-search skills for new Canadians, business writing made simple and public speaking without pain. Most courses begin during the second week of September.

The calendar is available free to pick up at any Centennial campus and, shortly, at Toronto libraries. For details and to register online, visit or call 416-289-5207.

Two way street

SUDBURY -- Cambrian College signed a unique agreement that will give civil engineering technology grads easier access to a Michigan Technological University surveying degree.

"A bachelor of arts in surveying is not available in Ontario, so this is a very unique opportunity for our students," said Cambrian College president Sylvia Barnard.

Barnard said the university in Houghton, Mich., wants to recruit more students to its technology, science and engineering programs.

"What this will do is give our students an incredible edge for being able to stay in the north, because they are going to be able to come back with a degree in surveying, which is a unique degree," she said.

Summer Jobs Service

The Summer Jobs Service (SJS) at Georgian College's Barrie Campus is in full swing. That means there's help available for employers who want to hire students for the summer. There's also help for students who haven't yet found a job.

Among the services available to employers is a $2-per-hour wage subsidy for qualifying employers.

In addition to the subsidy, Summer Jobs Service will provide the resumes of prospective candidates from the SJS database of job seekers.

The SJS collects employees' worked hours at the end of the summer, rather than weekly or every other week, thus reducing paperwork for employers. The program can also allocate up to $600 per student for those with a disability.

For more information, employers and students should call 705-722-1515 or visit the Centre at the Barrie Campus at One Georgian Dr.

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