Brock University’s Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS) unit is building a roster of qualified professionals to collaborate on non-credit programming and participate in guest speaking opportunities.
PCS aims to expand lifelong learning opportunities for students and the community, and is doing so in part by growing the University’s non-credit programming. Expanded programming will support social and economic opportunities for local organizations, businesses, learners and community members in their pursuit of lifelong learning and professional growth. At the core of PCS’s approach is connecting with learner audiences.
PCS partnered with national research firm Academica Group to create open access for input into the types of programming that should be offered by the University. The result was more than 1,000 responses that helped identify key programming and opportunities for learning and development. Ongoing input from the Brock and Niagara communities on what is needed will continue as PCS evolves its learning opportunities to serve interest and demand.
Some of the recommended programming areas highlighted in the Academica report, as well as recent supplementary labour market research conducted by PCS, include:
- Equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging
- Decolonization and Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing
- Change management
- Strategic planning
- Tourism and hospitality
- Sustainable development goals, ESG reporting,
- Governance practices
- Information and communications technology
- Professional and technical services
- Strategic human resources