Making learning last year long

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Whitney Sharp

Debating about heading back to school? Why wait until September? Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) offers unique opportunities throughout the year for individuals interested in pursuing post-secondary education. Complete program prerequisites, upgrade specific courses, continue your education, attend workshops and seminars, and try something new.
KPU offers courses all year, with the majority of classes beginning in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Individuals who are planning their studies, or looking for more information, are able to speak with an academic adviser to find out more about applying to the university, course planning, and working towards personal, professional, and academic goals.
Looking for some extra help with your studies? Learning centres on each campus provide one-to-one and small group tutoring to assist students with assignments and courses. Uncover effective study strategies through dedicated workshops and consultations, and access additional academic resources. Peer coaching and international peer coaching is also available via the learning centre to students currently enrolled at KPU. Coaches provide encouragement to students, and help develop personalized academic plans.
Looking to upgrade specific skills? Want to discover something new? Continuing and professional studies (CPS) provides a range of courses and flexible options for learners. Learn how to prepare personal and corporate tax returns; complete nursing assessments; becoming familiar with the new BC Building Code; understand what goes into craft brewing; and take your fashion design game to the next level. Courses are currently available on a range of topics in arts, business, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, with new courses including conversational Mandarin and Spanish, beginning this spring. Select CPS courses are also available online via the Learning Resource Network (LERN), and the Knowledge Bureau.
Adult learners over 50 can register for Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK). TALK is a stimulating learning experience with no quizzes, no grades, and no prerequisites. Subject matter ranges from cross-cultural communication to global water rights; memoir writing to China’s environmental issues. Sessions are offered throughout the spring, with most courses costing less than $20. In addition to courses, TALK also hosts moderated philosophers cafes on a range of engaging topics, which are open to the public.
With four campus locations throughout Metro Vancouver, KPU is never far away. Since first opening its doors more than 30 years ago, over 250,000 students have selected the university as the place to study, learn, and work towards their goals. For more information about everything Kwantlen Polytechnic University has to offer, visit kpu.ca