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Advance yourself this fall

By Mark Toljagic
Special to The Sun


At this time of year, you can be excused for yearning to have a beachball in your hands rather than a laptop computer.
How well do you know your car? Centennial College offers Saturday workshops through Continuing Education this fall to help motorists learn some basic maintenance habits.


Yet, despite the fact the summer vacation season is in full swing right now, Centennial College's new Continuing Education calendar is out this week and, surprisingly, is getting snapped up by plenty of people keen to further their education.

The latest edition of the annual book -- which catalogues all the part-time evening, weekend, online and distance-learning courses the college offers -- is a handy guide for busy adults looking to upgrade their job skills or acquire a new pastime this fall.

Part time

In addition to 2,000 individual courses, Centennial offers more than 150 continuing education certificate programs in everything from accounting to motorcycle maintenance to web

development, that can be taken part-time to accommodate work and family obligations.

The 208-page book always promises plenty of new courses -- and there's a bumper crop this year.

Investing for the Soul founder Ron Robins leads a new course, entitled Create a Better World Through Investing, which teaches novice investors about ethical investing and how to seek out companies with "life-benefiting" values using the Internet and library resources. It's a great way to make a better world -- and make some money, too.

Centennial has two new certificate programs in computer networking, expanding its offerings with Cisco Systems, one of the college's many important learning partners. The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) designation is one of the most respected industry certifications available, while Networking Associate (CCNA) provides the groundwork for more advanced studies in networking.

Users of Linux -- a free Unix-like operating system that has great technical merit and stability -- have a new certificate program of their own. Linux System Specialist explores the various aspects of the operating system and its application in the home and office environment. The program provides the requisite knowledge for many industry-recognized certifications.

Translation in the Workplace is a new certificate to help people become qualified in English to French translation, commonly required in many Canadian offices. The five courses are all available online -- an increasingly popular mode of learning.

Centennial is a Canadian leader in transportation technolog, so it's only fitting that the college has lots of new auto-related courses, including Know Your Car, aimed at car owners who want to learn how to prolong the life of their vehicle with some basic maintenance tips.

You can learn how to reverse and prevent the signs of aging (of your car, not your skin) by uncovering the techniques used by professionals in the Automotive Detailing course.

Pit Crew 101 provides an intimate understanding of the motor racing sport and the skills needed by a pit crew team member.

Centennial has launched a wide variety of special interest courses and non-credit workshops that are fun and informative.

Basic Home Repairs looks at simple repairs any novice can tackle, such as changing a light switch, replacing a light fixture and fixing cracked drywall. Also new this year are weekend courses in gardening, interior decorating and upholstery.

More new personal interest courses include Instant Acting and Audition Skills, Film Club, Afro-Caribbean Drumming and Dance, and Finding your Roots: Genealogy for Beginners.

People looking for more career-oriented skills may consider Speech and Voice Training for Successful Presentations, Image Make-over or Effective Publicity.

Centennial's 2005-06 Continuing Education calendar is available free at any campus location, or order one by calling 416-289-5325. You can view the online version of the book at www.centennialcol lege.ca/continuing_education.



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