For many students, the summer semester is an ideal time to continue with their studies. Classes are usually smaller, and the curriculum is delivered in a more intense way, so that students can squeeze more into their busy schedules.
Here at the kálax-ay Sunshine Coast Campus of Capilano University, there are several programs being offered to students who are at a variety of different places in their academic careers.
The Pathways to Higher Learning (P2HL) is going into its third term on the campus. The learners in this cohort are Indigenous students doing adult basic education courses in pursuit of their high school diplomas. Funded by the Aboriginal Community-Based Partnership and Training grant (ACBPT) the program includes indigenized classroom work, and is a collaboration with the shíshálh Nation to support student success.
The Early Childhood Care and Education program (ECCE) continues to offer courses through the summer for students who wish to complete their ECCE diplomas. Most of these students are working full-time and taking courses online and in a multi-modal format.
Enrolment for adult basic education continues over the summer with students upgrading math and English in order to prepare for a variety of post-secondary programs.
The Accounting Assistant Certificate program wraps up at the end of June. Students started this program in January 2018 on a part-time basis. They have gained skills in bookkeeping and accounting, as well as business writing. In June they will be participating in a two-week practicum with various organizations on the Sunshine Coast that will complete their requirements for graduation.
And the students in the Education Assistant (EA) cohort, which began in July of 2017, will be graduating this summer. We can expect to see many of these graduates in the elementary and secondary classrooms working as EAs in the fall of 2019.
The summer is not slowing down for any of these students as they work toward their career and educational goals here at home on the Sunshine Coast.