Education for the Student on the Go

By: Jason White


Everyone has a right to education. It's one of our most basic needs. Even if you've already been through the post-secondary experience, there's plenty of reasons to continue that education. Maybe you're looking to upgrade your career, or get into a new field, or ensure your skills are current and relevant. Or maybe it's not about your job at all, and you simply want the personal satisfaction of picking up a new skill or hobby.

However, a good school recognizes that there may be simple, practical, but very much present barriers to getting that education. For one reason or another, some people aren't able to haul themselves to a classroom. That's why distance learning exists. You can get educated, and you can live your life enlightened. More importantly, you can do it at your own pace, and fit it around the rest of your life instead of the other way around.

Maybe your 9-5 is occupied with work that you don't want to give up, or even can't. Everyone's life is different, and maybe you've got too many commitments in yours. You have a career, you have a family that needs attending to, your health is an issue, or transportation is an problem. Or maybe your life got busy, and you feel like you need to put your education on hold. Either way, you're in a place where you'd like to be at school, but it just doesn't feel realistic given your circumstances. At Centennial College, we want you to receive the education you're entitled to, no matter your situation.

The program comes in two flavours. The first is online, where materials are made available and submitted through the internet, and you're connected to a 24-hour digital classroom. Or, if the virtual space isn't practical for you, and want to physically handle assignments, there's a correspondence, or print-based option, where course materials are sent to your address. A facilitator, or tutor, assists you with assignments, which can be mailed in or physically brought to the school.

Make no mistake, your still getting the full college education experience. This kind of education will still provide you with the benefits of a physical classroom, including being led by an instructor who comes with relevant industry experience, a hallmark of Centennial College. In fact, you can talk to them any time, by phone or by email, and you have 24-hour access to the online classroom while still being in the comfort of your own home, so you may, in fact, have an advantage. In addition, the difficulty of these classes has not been scaled down. While you can work from the comfort of your own home, you need to be focused, self-motivated and self-disciplined, able to work independently. The real advantage lies in your new ability to pace yourself. If you feel ahead of the game, speed it up. If it's difficult, slow it down.

So, if you're ready to keep learning, and want to take things at a pace more suited to your busy life, have a look at what the college has to offer, and get educated on your terms.

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Jason White offers guides, advice, and philosophy for new and returning college students, with a focus on Centennial College's offerings. Areas of focus include alternative methods of education, educations role in finding you a job and misconceptions about post-secondary schooling.

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