Adult and Continuing Education in Victoria BC

by Jodi Baker on August 24, 2011

Education need not stop after high school, even after you’ve attained your degree, professional designation or trade certification.If you’re living in Victoria, you have access to all sorts of adult and continuing education.  Many of our educational institutions offer courses and programs (either credited or not) for adult learners.

All three School Districts within the Greater Victoria area offer adult and continuing education programs, so that mature learners can attain a high school graduation certificate, or improve their knowledge in particular courses (perhaps to acquire credits or courses needed for specific post secondary education).

The Greater Victoria School District (School District 61) offers a comprehensive Continuing Education program for any adult learner who wants to complete high school graduation or who needs review in high school level academic courses. You may pursue personal or professional interests with computer training programs; complete the prerequisite for college or univeristy, or simply take courses for personal interest. The Continuing Education Program offers two kinds of Grade 12 certificates: the 2004 Secondary School Graduation program and the Adult Graduation program. Both qualify students for entry into most post-secondary institutions.

The Sooke School District (School District 62) Continuing Education program is available to students who want to upgrade skills, improve basic literacy, achieve a high school diploma or complete prerequisite courses to post secondary programs. Classroom based courses are available on a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and online.

The Saanich School District (School District 63) offers courses through SIDES (South Island Distance Education School) Distributed Learning.  Aboriginal adult learners in Saanich can access a variety of courses through the Saanich Adult Education Centre (SAEC).

There are over 200 continuing education courses offered at Camosun College .  Do you want to upgrade your skills, gain certification in a high-demand field, improve on-the-job performance or simply learn something new?

The University of Victoria Continuing Studies program contains credit, non-credit and general interest courses, across a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Arts;
  • Business, Management ;
  • Computing, Technology;
  • Education, Teaching, Training;
  • Health, Wellness, Safety;
  • Heritage, Culture, Museums;
  • Humanities, History, Contemporary Issues;
  • Indigenous Language and Culture;
  • Intercultural Education and Training;
  • Languages;
  • Population Health Data;
  • Public Relation;s
  • Sustainability, Environment, and
  • Social Justice.

Many studies have shown that a lifelong habit of learning contributes to your mental acuity as you age, so don’t pack up those books!  Whether you need to acquire knowledge for your professional career, or just to keep you brain sharp, you’ll find what you need in one of the many continuing and adult education options that are available right here in beautiful Victoria.

Jodi Baker

After attending grade school locally, Jodi enrolled at Camosun College, taking Business Administration and majoring in marketing. She graduated in 1991, the same year she was licensed as a Real Estate Agent and joined Re/Max Camosun. Since then Jodi has been been building her career based on a desire to provide friendly professional service to people who want to sell or buy properties in Victoria, winning several awards along the way. In 2003 Jodi joined Geoff McLean and Associates, and she enjoys being part of his team of real estate experts. The team approach allows Jodi to balance her career and home life, something that every mother can appreciate, especially when the children are young! Jodi also enjoys cooking, camping, traveling and music. She shares her Central Saanich home with her husband and two children, two border collies and a cat. Connect with Jodi on Google

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Sue Moss January 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I am looking for a very introductory Autocad course in Victoria. What I require is not an extended course (such as offered by Kamish College). I would like to find something that covers very basic commands etc. of AutoCad. Do you offer something like this? If not, do you have any suggestions as who might?
thank you

admin January 27, 2012 at 8:24 am

Thanks for leaving a comment on our Living in Victoria blog. Regarding your request for an introductory Autocad course I would suggest you explore some of the links provided in the blog post. Maybe The Greater Victoria School District or Camosun College can help you.

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