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November 27, 2023 7:00 AM

Micro-credentials deliver professional learning in convenient, flexible format

People looking to learn new skills for their job can sign up for a host of micro-credentials offered through Conestoga’s Continuing Education. Winter 2024 registration opens November 27, and an information night will be held December 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kitchener - Doon campus in the Welcome Centre.

Micro-credentials are short, concentrated groups of courses that are innovative, timely, and based on industry needs. They’re practical with a direct application to employment and they’re offered on campus, online or in hybrid formats. Some can be combined to form a part of a larger credential.

“Probably the word flexible comes to mind,” said Tanya Kell, dean of the School of Workforce Development, Continuing Education & Online Learning.

Micro-credentials are a good option for people who are already working and interested in adding to their skills for their current job or to pursue a promotion or new position, or for those who want to try out a profession to see if it’s a good fit.

Micro-credentials typically focus on one skill or competency, and they’re taught by industry experts who work in that field. While they come in bundles, people can choose to complete all the courses or just pick one or two.

“It’s an entry point into that specific occupation,” said Raluca Lazar, manager of Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Online Learning.

Along with micro-credentials, continuing education includes programs, which are grouped courses that lead to an academic credential; individual courses; and workshops, which are short, results-driven and led by subject-matter experts.

The catalogue continues to include lots of general interest classes, too, for those who are keen to explore a particular topic such as astronomy, creative writing, keyboarding and genealogy.

More than 80 micro-credentials are currently offered in a wide range of fields. Quality is key and the curriculum is regularly updated and revised to ensure they’re meeting the needs of students and industry.

The School of Workforce Development, Continuing Education & Online Learning is committed to delivering a comprehensive range of career-focused programs that respond to current and evolving workforce needs.