Today’s career paths are winding; they’re no longer the straight arrow corporate ladders climbed by generations past. Instead, we must learn to navigate frequent twists and turns, embracing the notion that it’s never too late to try something new.
Fortunately, we don’t have to travel far to continue to build upon our knowledge and skill sets. Seneca’s King Campus is embarking on a transformational $100-million project to expand infrastructure and develop new academic pathways. The learning facilities at King currently house more than 3,000 students, and with construction for a new academic building underway, that number is expected to grow to 5,000 by September 2018.
While the campus brings many exciting post-secondary pathways, it also touts exceptional programs for mature students interested in continuing their education and earning their post-graduate certificate. This includes a two-semester Advanced Investigations program for students with a background in public safety, as well as an Infant and Childhood Mental Health program for those with a degree or diploma in Early Childhood Education. There’s also a Mental Health Intervention program for individuals with a background in social services or nursing.
“The post-graduate certificates were developed to provide continuing education opportunities for those that already have a previous post-secondary education or degree,” says Maria May, Dean of Faculty of Applied Arts and Health Sciences, and Principal at King Campus. “It will make them more job ready and provide more opportunity for employment.”
There are currently more than 3,100 King students involved in co-op placements at hospitals, daycare centres, long-term care facilities and social service agencies in the surrounding area. “Most of our programs at King Campus are in the area of community services and health sciences, and we know there is a growing need in York Region for these services.” Seneca King works in partnership with community-based organizations across York Region and the broader GTA, including the United Way and Yellow Brick House.
“I hear often that people don’t realize there’s a campus on Dufferin, because we’re kind of set in from the road,” says May. “But it’s quite a large campus and the fact we have this $100-million build happening right now – it’s just such an exciting opportunity right in our own backyard.”
The campus also has three new degrees starting this fall, in which students who meet admission requirements can continue on to pursue year three of their academic program. The Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Pyschology, for example, is a new degree designed for students with a background in behavioural sciences. “They may be able to take a few bridging courses and go directly into a third year of the degree program,” explains May. The other two programs include an Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health and an Honours Bachelor of Healthcare Management, the latter of which is a cross-disciplinary degree with King Campus’s health program and business program. “Students would learn about the context of healthcare while they’re also taking courses in business and finance,” notes May.
The school takes pride in providing opportunities for a diverse community of students – including those coming straight from high school, learners who have been out of school for many years, and mature students facing a career transition. “We have students in their 50s who are coming back to school,” May says. “There is no age limit on learning; we are lifelong learners.”
If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to make a change, this could be it. Anyone interested in learning more about the programs available at King Campus is invited to attend the fall open house taking place Saturday, November 25th at 10am.
by Charlotte Ottaway
Seneca College, King