Continuing Education Courses

Continuing Education Courses

 
Fall 2013
 
A Taste of France
Treat yourself to an unforgettable cultural and culinary experience with a Taste of France. Chef Alain Levesque from Terroir la Cachette will design a five-course menu thoughtfully paired with Ontario-grown French style wines, while we introduce you to all the nuances that make France so unique. We invite you to explore this wonderful world of French flavours, from art and architecture to food and wine. There is much to discover in France.
 
Mondays, Oct. 28
6 to 9 p.m.
$99
 
Conversational French
Interested in keeping up with the young ones in French immersion or preparing for a French credit course? Leaving shortly on a holiday to a French-speaking destination? Then this course is for you. You’ll have the opportunity to review vocabulary by theme, and use French by teaming up with others, and role-playing real life scenarios. Discussion and active participation are a must. « Venez vous amuser et parlez français! » This course is perfect for those who need to brush up on their oral French skills for travel or enjoyment.
 
Thursdays, Nov. 7 to Dec. 5
7 to 9 p.m.
$99
 
Learn French
Are you looking to refresh your French language skills for an upcoming job interview or prepare for a French language course? This personalized and interactive introductory course brings learning to life as you become comfortable with the French language in a variety of practical situations. Using a conversational approach, this course covers written and spoken French and is for those looking to become more comfortable with the French language.
 
French 101
Wednesdays, Oct. 2 to 30
6 to 9 p.m.
$175
 
French 102
Wednesdays, Nov. 6 to Dec. 4
6 to 9 p.m.
$175
 
Learn Spanish
Planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country? In thhes introductory Spanish courses, you will practice pronouncing Spanish words and be able to carry on a simple conversation. In an informal, fun, conversational setting, through short grammar presentations, role plays and practice conversations, you will learn basic greetings, simple verbs, and what to say and do when shopping, in restaurants, hotels and other places. Join us…El español no es difícil.
 
Spanish 101
Tuesdays, Oct. 8 to Nov. 5
6 to 9 p.m.
$175
 
Spanish 102
Tuesdays, Nov. 12 to Dec. 10
6 to 9 p.m.
$175
 
Introduction to Thai language and culture
Do you have an interest in Asia and Buddhism? Language and culture are closely linked and so you will learn about various aspects of Thai Buddhist culture, the meaning of its festivals and the way of life. You will learn basic Thai in a fun, communicative way and be surprised how much you can say and understand in a short time. Even if you are not planning to visit Thailand in the immediate future, you will benefit from learning another language and finding out about another culture.
 
Mondays, Oct. 21 to Dec. 2
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$175
 
Mountain biking level 1
Entry-level mountain bikers will embark on a fall adventure. Learn the fundamental skills necessary to safely navigate the trails as you climb and descend the escarpment, overcome obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs and learn shifting techniques to gain control over your bike. Learn the basics of bike maintenance and repair. This adventure course is action packed, sustainable and progressive in difficulty. No experience necessary. Please have a bike shop conduct a safety check on your bike before the course begins.
 
Wednesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 2
6 to 8 p.m.
$125
 
Off-season training for cycling
Don’t let the winter disrupt your riding routine. For many athletes, the off-season is the most difficult time of year. Shorter days, lost focus, lower fitness level and limited training partners in chilly weather. What to do? Join us for a 5-week off- season training workshop that will provide you with the fuel for secret training. The off-season is the time to build the foundation for a solid upcoming cycling season.
1. Intro to cycling strength training
2. Aerobic fitness
3. Training with power
4. Mental training and breathing techniques
5. Team challenge: putting it all together in a training session
 
Wednesdays, Oct. 23 to Nov. 20
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$145
 
Ready…set…relax
Are you constantly feeling stressed by all the demands that are placed upon you at work and home? Would you like to learn how to cope more effectively with the stress of daily life? In this 5-week course we will explore various coping skills for stress including emotional freedom technique, mindfulness meditation, breathing techniques and relaxation. Learning to relax your mind is a skill that can be developed by anyone when given the proper tools and with practice
 
One-day workshop
Saturday, Oct. 5
9 a.m to 12 noon
$25
 
Thursdays, Oct. 10 to Nov. 7
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$125
 
Meditation for healing
Come ready to challenge yourself and discover the daily practice of meditation. These five weeks will be a chance to bring positive change in the direction that you choose.  We will learn different approaches to meditation including guided relaxation of the different levels of consciousness; breathing exercises to induce relaxation and well-being; chakra meditation; visualization; sound immersing and self-inquiry.  Each class will present history and theory and ample practice. 
 
One-day workshop
Monday, Nov. 11
6 to 9 p.m.
$50
 
Mondays Nov. 11 to Dec. 9
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$125
 
Painting the pond: adventures in watercolours
Enjoy a day of watercolour adventure. Join us in the Pond Inlet, along with your watercolours for a day of spontaneous painting, rich in colour and dramatic composition. This day offers a playful approach to painting and will give you a better grasp of the techniques needed to become a better painter. A detailed materials list will be provided to all registrants prior to the class so that supplies can be purchased. 
 
Saturday, Nov. 2
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$75
 
Portrait photography
There are two important elements to adding impact to any photograph. One is composition and the other is lighting. This workshop will delve into centuries-old compositional formulas from the masters that are true and proven to present you with a great understanding of how to handle a well-made portrait, and how to find and control the direction of light to achieve dynamic results, even with simple equipment. With sound theory in the classroom and lots of homework for practice, you will learn how to blend great composition with flash-filled directional lighting to achieve a winning portrait.
 
Mondays, Sept. 23 to Nov. 4 (no class Oct. 14)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$155
 
Mentorship in photography
Bring your skills to class and have a mentor personally guide you on to new heights. This course is designed to grow your skill set in photography. Whatever you are photographically involved in, this course will help you realize your goals. When change reaches a critical level of pressure, learning can escalate. Here the mentor will encourage the learner into change, provoking a different way of thinking. This is for the serious photographer with a DSLR that wants to further their knowledge and would like a more one on-one training. Limited enrolment, register early.
 
Thursdays, Oct. 31 to Dec. 5
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$175
 
Street photography: capture moments in your city
Street photography is a reflection of everyday life – real expressions of public places and spaces that people visit every day, the street where you live, the local flea market, the abandoned barn. In this course you will learn to take candid pictures of things that you don’t notice in your daily life. We will alternate shooting field trips and in-class critique sessions and each field trip will involve a new challenge to develop your skills and introduce you to new techniques.
 
Wednesdays, Oct. 2 to 30
6 to 8:30 p.m.
$155
 
Guitar
Be the life of a party, romantic picker or campfire superstar. Who needs karaoke when you can play your guitar to entertain friends and family with a sing-along? It is easier than you think to learn the basic chords and strumming patterns that allow you to play any style of music. It’s never too late to learn how to have fun with this beautiful instrument. Please bring your own guitar.
 
Monday Oct. 21 to Nov. 25
7 to 9 p.m.
$150
 
Learn the ukulele
Want to play some music at the next campfire or jam session, but don’t want to carry around a large instrument? The ukulele is a four-string member of the guitar family that’s becoming very popular in mainstream music and with music lovers looking to learn a new instrument. In this course, you’ll learn the theory and basics of playing the “uke,” such as picking and chords. You’ll be sharing your tune in no time. Please bring your own ukulele and your enthusiasm.
 
One-day workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 9
6-9 p.m.
$50
 
Introduction
Wednesdays, Oct. 16 to 30
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$75
 
Intermediate
Wednesday Nov. 6 to Dec.r 4
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$125
 
The art of storytelling
During this four-week course you will not only learn the history of storytelling, you will focus on finding your personal storytelling voice, the guidelines to an engaging story, stage presence, characters, and story structure. Every participant will have the opportunity to tell their own story and listen to the stories of others. We all have a story to tell, what’s yours?
 
Tuesdays, Oct. 22 to Nov. 12
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$125
 
Grant writing
This workshop provides tools and strategies to non-profits on how to write persuasive
and compelling grant applications. Topics will include the importance of starting early, writing with simplicity and clarity, defining a project with a realistic scope and demonstrating effectively your ability to carry out the proposal.
 
Monday Oct. 21
6 to 9 p.m.
$50
 
Making the most of your experience on a board of directors
Are you currently volunteering for or thinking of joining a board of directors? This course, led by a seasoned board volunteer, will help you to learn the questions to ask before joining a board, the types of board of directors and the critical roles within.
 
Monday Sept. 30
6 to 9 p.m.
$50
 
Freelance writing 101
If you have ever dreamed of becoming a freelance writer, this course is for you.
This 5-week course will teach you the skills to become a successful writer including how to build a portfolio, where to get ideas and topics from, common writing rules, the importance of photography and various ways you can increase your earnings as a writer. We will introduce you to this exciting field and in no time you can be on your way to doing something that you love – writing.  
 
Wednesdays Oct. 30 to Nov. 27
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$150
 
Infographics for beginners
Do you want your idea to get the attention it deserves and stand out from the crowd? In this 3-week course you will learn how to create your own visual story, tools and resources to simplify the process, and how to organize your information for maximum appeal. Whether it’s a presentation, report or resume, your audience will absorb and retain information better in visual form. Infographics communicate knowledge, ideas and data though images making them more interesting and visually appealing to their audience.
Monday Nov. 11
6 to 9 p.m.
$50
 
Monday Nov. 11 to 25
6 to 9 p.m.
$99
 
 
Excel essentials
For many people, knowing how to use Microsoft Excel® is their most important job skill, yet they understand only a fraction of its features. Learn the tricks of the trade as we cover topics including basic spreadsheet concepts, workbook and file management, using formulas and functions, editing and formatting tools, working with graphics and charts. Whether you are new to Excel® or simply refreshing your skills, this course takes you step-by-step through your mastery of Excel®
 
Level I
Saturday Nov. 2
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$125
 
Level II
Saturday Nov. 9
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$125
 
Microsoft Word
This course will help you navigate through Microsoft Word® 2010 and learn many of the functions that you may not be familiar with. You will learn how to create basic documents, format text and paragraphs, add tables, insert graphics and control page appearance. Whether you are new to Word®, or are you a seasoned user there is always something to learn.
 
Level I
Saturday Nov. 23
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$125
 
Microsoft Access
Looking to update your database skills? This course is for those whose job responsibilities include designing and creating new databases and tables, creating and maintaining records, and producing important reports based on database information. It will also provide you with the techniques needed to advance to more complex applications.
 
Level I
Saturday Nov. 30
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$125
 
InDesign basics
Do you need to breathe life into your print media? Learn how you can create strong design foundations for creative page design, explore creative avenues and discover how to effectively use type to visually enhance your print media. Get ready to open up a whole new world of creative graphic design you never thought possible.
 
Saturdays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 30
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$175
 
Photoshop basics
Learn Photoshop in this exciting project-based course. Explore the concept and process of digital collage, manipulate and correct your digital images. Expand your digital horizons and stimulate creativity, beyond your imagination. Learn what the professionals know and create digital art using your own effects and personal brushes. Be prepared to experiment and be excited by all the possibilities this course has to offer.
 
Saturdays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 30
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
$175
 
Portfolio workshop using Photoshop and InDesign
Is your portfolio noteworthy? This course will help you create a memorable portfolio or refine an existing one through covering the basics of design and organization including choice of materials, graphic design, and a winning cover. You will review a variety of styles and learn how to improve your own and make it notable. This unique workshop is meant to enrich you as an artist and allow you to creatively showcase your skills. Students will want to bring their existing portfolios or work to class to share.
 
Saturdays, Dec. 7 to 14
9 a.m. to 12 noon
$75
 
Webdesign basics -Introduction to HTML and CSS
Curious to know how to build a website? Looking to make changes to your existing website? This course introduces you to the nuts and bolts of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the basic programming language used to create web pages. You will learn what HTML is, how it's structured, and learn about the major tags and features of the language. Discover how to format text and lists, add images and flow text around them, and link to other pages and sites.   Additional tutorials will cover Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). At the end of this course, you will be able to create or edit basic websites, including the use of traditional CMS (Content Management System) HTML editors.
 
Wednesday, Oct. 16 to Dec. 4
7 to 9 p.m.
$175
 
Understanding social media
This introductory course provides an overview of social media; its history, theories and the principles behind online communication. Through hand-on demonstrations of a variety of social and digital media tools, you’ll discover how these tools are shaping modern communication, and how to incorporate them into everyday business and personal communications.
 
For fun
Mondays Sept. 23 to Oct. 7
7 to 9 p.m.
$99
 
For business
Mondays Oct. 21 to Nov. 4
7 to 9 p.m.
$99
 
Putting it all together
Mondays Nov.11 to 25
7 to 9 p.m.
$99
 
 
 

 

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