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Continuing Education Opportunities Abound This Winter

More learning opportunities than ever before are offered at Trent University this winter as the Continuing Education program has been enhanced and expanded to include 34 courses that focus on everything from short story writing, wine appreciation and professional development. Courses begin throughout February, March and April; for further information, visit

In its third year offering non-credit continuing education, the University has established a tradition of innovative, quality programming. The Continuing Education team is continually looking to new trends and opportunities, as impetus for its courses. This winter, in response to an opportunity identified, some courses will be taught in community locations, among them, Dining in France with Prof. Yves Thomas at Royal Gardens Retirement Community and Looking at Art II with instructor David Aurandt at Princess Gardens Retirement Community.

Moving these interest courses, as well as Opera from A to Z with instructor Timothy McGee (to take place at Royal Gardens) into central community locations will make them more accessible and allow the Royal and Princess Garden communities to participate, explains Melanie Sedge, program coordinator.

In Opera from A to Z - a new course this term, Dr. McGee will survey of the wonderful world of opera, including its composers and performers over the centuries. Each session will include a mixture of listening, lecture, and class discussion.

For those interested in writing, there are four writing courses and two writing workshops offered this winter, and an opportunity to sign up for a combination of courses and a workshop at a discounted rate as part of the "Winter Writing Bundle."

In response to wide interest, new this term is a course for parents of children in French immersion, designed to help them understand what their children are learning. What did my kid just say? French for Immersion Parents, will explore an overview of basic skills in spoken and written French, and parents will be given an opportunity to have their questions answered in a classroom setting amongst others in the same shoes.

Meanwhile, the number of professional development courses offered as part of the Continuing Education program continues to increase following a successful start in the fall. In response to an opportunity identified in partnership with Peterborough's business community, four professional development certificate courses were initiated and are offered again this winter:

  • Business and Organizational Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Development
  • Wine Appreciation

Upon completion, students will receive Julian Blackburn College certificates.

"With these certificate courses, we are hoping to target people who are looking to develop their career skills. For example, the wine appreciation course, to be taught by a local wine writer, will appeal to those in the hospitality industry, while communication and conflict resolution skills are almost mandatory in today's workplace," says Lisa Clark, Continuing Education program manager.

New this winter is a two-day course on Negotiating White Water Rapids: Managing Change in Turbulent Times with Asaf Zohar, an associate professor in Business Administration at Trent. Finding Your Way Around A University Library is also new and geared toward students or anyone who wants to "go Beyond Google," and conduct research in an academic library.

As a continuation of a series of courses on Conflict Resolution, two specialty courses in family mediation and business mediation are being offered. The Certificate in Conflict Resolution is designed for people of all ages who wish to become full or part-time conflict resolution practitioners. Theories of conflict and conflict resolution taught in the classroom are integrated with practical negotiation and mediation skills learned during coaching sessions. In addition, participants learn how to communicate with the court and with lawyers, by learning relevant legal terms, definitions and civil court procedures. With employment in mind, the certificate prepares participants to become practicing members of professional associations such as the Association for Conflict Resolution.

For further information on these, or any other course or workshop offerings, please visit or call (705) 748-1229.

Posted February 18, 2004

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