Continuing Studies: Best of 2010

Literacy Lives to help socially excluded
Continuing Studies is developing a two-year project called Literacy Lives to improve the literacy and essential skills of adults living in the Downtown Eastside. The goal is to improve their employment prospects and community involvement.

Stress-free courses?
A new Academic Sampler program from Continuing Studies offers a wide selection of credit courses on a non-credit basis for those interested in sampling the university experience.

Emerging writers honoured at ‘1st Book Competition’
The Writers Studio’s first national literary competition, 1st Book, received over 200 manuscript submissions from unpublished Canadian writers. Judges chose winning manuscripts from each of the three contest categories: creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry.

New Aboriginal bridging programs a turning point
Two Continuing Studies programs that prepare aboriginal students for post-secondary education received credit status in 2010:  the Aboriginal University Prep program and Preparing for Health Careers: Aboriginal pre-Health Program. Students who complete the programs are eligible to gain conditional acceptance to SFU’s degree programs.

Stepping Stones collaborates to develop Aboriginal learningContinuing Studies is developing an online program model, called Stepping Stones, for delivering literacy and academic skills to aboriginal adults living in remote B.C. communities.

Career and life planning program wins award
A career development program that helps students find jobs as case managers, employment counsellors and career-centre coordinators won a top program award from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education. In the last two years more than 100 students have completed the Career Development Practitioner Certificate.