"Back to School" not just for kids

    Many Canadians seek continuing education through universities

    SASKATOON, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Not all the students entering university
classrooms this fall will be coming straight from high school. Adults across
the country will be heading back to university to pursue university continuing
education, such as certificate and diploma programs, undergraduate or graduate
degrees or professional and personal development courses.
    Adults pursue continuing education for a number of reasons including to
develop or enhance their career, to transition to a new career, begin or
finish a degree, personal enrichment and growth, and for the social
interaction and networking. Many newcomers to Canada also seek to translate
their skills into a Canadian context.
    "The reasons for pursuing continuing education are as diverse as the
students themselves. What remains consistent is that adult learners bring a
wealth of knowledge and experience to their studies. By incorporating the
students' experiences and expertise into the learning experience, continuing
education can offer a rich learning experience," says Canadian Association for
University Continuing Education president, Prof. Andrew Cochrane of Dalhousie
    In celebration of that diversity, The Canadian Association for University
Continuing Education (CAUCE) has published a collection of diverse adult
student profiles entitled "Turning Up the Volume on Canada's Learning
Continuum: Learner Success stories from University Continuing Education
Providers across the Country." The document is available on the association's
website at http://cauce-aepuc.ca/news-events/latest.aspx.
    The mission of CAUCE is to enlarge the scope and quality of educational
opportunities for adults at the university level by enhancing the stature and
expertise of those institutions and individuals devoted to providing those

For further information:

For further information: Jen Cooper, University of Toronto, School of
Continuing Studies, 158 St. George St., M5S 2V8, learn.utoronto.ca, tel: (416)
946-8133, fax: (416) 978-6666, jen.cooper@utoronto.ca

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