by Barbara Black
Concordias Centre for Continuing Education continues to thrive
despite a dip in several of its key areas of interest, reports director
Murray Sang. The struggles of the high-tech and tourism industries have
seen a roughly 50-per-cent drop in enrolment in computer and hospitality
courses, but English as a second language (ESL) and business courses are
Other programs of the not-for-credit sector are also growing, including
e-commerce, public relations, and graphics.
Sang added that human resources management is showing a lot of growth.
We get a lot of recent graduates in psychology, about 20 every summer,
who want to polish off their academic degree with a specific course in
human resources management.
One of the most interesting partnerships has been with the Montreal Museum
of Fine Arts. The museum gives training to its volunteer guides, and the
Centre provides the administrative infrastructure to deliver the courses.
Often, the courses are specifically geared to the current show at the
museum. This kind of responsiveness to the specific needs of outside institutions
and businesses is key to Cont Eds success.
However, when the new Jean Coutu building went up last year on the north-east
corner of St. Mathieu and Ste. Catherine, 14 classrooms for about 40 students
each were part of the plan. These rooms on the third floor of the building
includes smart rooms, fully wired for high-tech teaching.
To find out more about continuing education at Concordia, visit www.concordia.ca/conted.