Fleming College’s fall Continuing Education calendar is now available and showcases the range of courses and certificates that offer professional development opportunities.

Many of these can be taken online, which gives participants the flexibility to study when and where it fits into their schedule. One such certificate, the online Writing for Professionals, helps develop writing skills in a broad spectrum of work related business communications.

Core courses hone grammar and spelling and focus on both technical and business report writing, while electives give participants options in refining writing styles in a variety of applications, from professional and concise business documents to web-based communications.

The online Leadership Development Series offers managers (or those aspiring to management) courses such as Employment Law, Project Management, Finance, Human Relations, and Performance Management. Business certificates at Fleming College include Human Resources Management, Records and Information Management, Office Administration, and Small Business Accounting as well as individual courses in financial management, and entrepreneurship.

A new workshop in Mental Health First Aid focuses on support during a mental health crisis until appropriate treatment is found or the crisis is resolved. The course is open to the general public and teaches valuable skills that can prepare anyone to step in when a mental health related situation occurs.

New workshops for health care professionals start this fall. In-class professional development for Personal Support Workers has been developed as a result of industry requests. There are also new workshops that include Assisting with Medication, Gerontology and Palliative Care.

Online certificates continue to see strong enrolment. The Children’s Mental Health certificate has been popular with professionals in education as well as health-related occupations, while certificates in Hospital Nursing Unit Secretary and Medical Office Support Staff can open doors to a specialized job market. The Food Service Worker certificate, which is required in health care settings, is offered in-class in Cobourg with an option to fast track. This certificate is also available online.

Not all courses are geared solely to professional development. Several fun and interesting courses can be found at each campus as well as online. Photography courses Exploring Your Camera, Exploring Photographic Styles and Perfect Portraiture continue to be popular. Shutterbugs will find new courses focusing on Fashion, Mastering Light and Abstract at the Cobourg campus.

Many of Fleming’s language courses are now available online in addition to in-class options. Try French, German, Italian or Spanish. Sign language courses are available at the Peterborough campus and are highly endorsed by the deaf community.

The Haliburton School of The Arts is once again bringing its series of popular one-day workshops to Peterborough this fall. Held on Saturday, Oct. 18, these include Visual Merchandising for Retailers – Beyond Ordinary, Japanese Sumi-e, Jewellery from Found Objects, Lino-Cut, Choral Singing and Harmonica. New this year, are three courses that will run a full week from Oct. 20-24: Dry Stone Structure, Expressive Arts: Exploring Relationships, and Jewellery.

For outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning hands-on skills, try Fleming’s workshops at the Ken Reid Conservation Area. The Hike Leader and Leave No Trace certifications are new this year. And the college continues to offer Wilderness Survival, GPS Navigation and Edible Wilds courses.

Visit www.flemingcollege.ca/con-ed to view all courses or download the Continuing Education calendar. You can also call 1-866-269-6929 or email coned@flemingcollege.ca.