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Continuing Education Opportunities Abound This Fall

Will you enroll in Trent University's Mini Medical School, explore the science behind climate change or embark on a journey of self-discovery through acting? These, and an array of other opportunities exist this fall through the Continuing Education program. Courses begin soon; for further information, visit

In its fourth 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 fall, a number of new courses have been added to the continuum, including Indian Philosophy and Culture, Storm Warning: Gambling with the Climate of our Planet and Explorations in Acting.

Also new this fall in the cultural explorations series of courses is A Musical Tour of Italy which will take students on a musical tour of the cities in Italy where great music was created and performed. Cities to be included are Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Rome, and Venice. The class will sample the rich musical culture of Italy across the ages including operas, instrumental works, dances, songs, and chamber music. Famous Italian composers and performers such as Verdi, Rossini, Caccini, Puccini, Respighi, Vivaldi and Paganini will be heard. Each evening will include a mixture of listening, lecture, and class discussion.

New in the mind and spirit series, is Inhabiting the Earth: Environmental Thought and Philosophy with instructor Brent Wootton who teaches in the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Sir Sandford Fleming College and is a doctoral candidate in Trent University's Watershed Ecosystems Program. This class will focus on environmental philosophy and ethics, ideas of nature, wilderness, place, community, ecological integrity and other perspectives of sustainability. Readings and other material will be presented to the class and short lectures will be followed by group dialogue. According to Melanie Sedge, coordinator for Personal Development Programs, "It's exciting to watch this program grow from year to year, as we expand our breadth of courses and involve more of the community each term."

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

  • Business and Organizational Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Development

Upon completion, Julian Blackburn College will issue certificates.

"With these certificate courses, we are hoping to target people who are looking to develop their career skills," says Lisa Clark, Continuing Education program manager.

New this fall are two elective courses as part of the Leadership Development Certificate. These include Performance Appraisal and Employee Motivation, and Working with Volunteer Boards.

The Continuing Education staff members have also expanded their customized training opportunities program, which sees programs offered on-site at local businesses. Clients include the County of Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Quickmill. Businesses can identify a need, and the Continuing Education department will build a course to meet that need.

"One of our strengths lies in our ability to combine the academic resources of a well-respected University, with the practical experience and expertise of our instructor team." says Diane Wolf, coordinator for Professional Development and Customized Training.

Posted October 4, 2004

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