Quest University Canada announces the Fall 2015 Continuing Education Program line up

SQUAMISH, BRITISH COLUMBIA, September 8, 2015 – Quest University Canada has announced the Fall 2015 Continuing Education Program line up. Offering a set of eighteen unique courses this fall, the programs will vary in length from one day to eight weeks, and range in topic from public speaking and art to chemistry and Spanish. The goal of Quest’s Continuing Education program is to connect with the community by providing its facilities and expertise to enrich the Sea to Sky Corridor’s living and learning environment.

Luce Mélançon, Coordinator of the Continuing Education program at Quest University notes, “The inaugural year was a buoyant success as 307 participants came to campus.”  She adds that, “Engaging and enriching interactions, dynamic teachers and thought-provoking conversations are all part of Quest’s innovative educational model. It is very inspiring to see people of all ages and backgrounds reinvigorate their love of learning.”

The Fall 2015 program will include the following highlights. For the full program, visit Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Building Our Cities – Rich Wildman, Tutor Physical Sciences, Quest University Canada - What's the best way to put a city together? How should people get around? In this course, students will begin with the history of how cities in North America have been planned and built, and will then learn about the civil engineering that transforms the visions of planners into the structures that define our built environment. The course will end with a discussion of what the infrastructure we build says about the values of our societies, and imagine the cities of the future. 8-weeks/Tuesdays, Oct. 13 – Dec. 8, 7 – 9 pm. Course fee: $255

Speaking For All Occasions – Victoria Morris-Ott, Guest Tutor, Professional Speaker and Writer - Understanding the simple steps to prepare and present common speeches will give you confidence, help you step up in your community, and encourage you to speak up with your own ideas. In the first class, students will do an assessment of their speaking needs, and then craft the course to allow for maximum student participation in practical public speaking. 6-weeks/Wednesdays, Oct. 14 – Nov.18, 7 – 9 pm. Course fee: $195

A User’s Guide to North American Elections – Eric Gorham, Founding Faculty Member and Tutor Social Sciences, Quest University Canada – Canadians are scheduled to go to the polls in October 2015 and the Americans start their Presidential primaries in January 2016. What should the citizens and observers of these elections be looking for? In this course, students will examine the electoral systems of both countries and explore some of the history of elections in each. This will be an interesting course both for political novices and political junkies, and for anyone who wants to be a more informed voter. 4-weeks/Thursdays, Oct. 15 – Nov. 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Course fee: $135

Explorations in Mixed Media – Jeanne Krabbendam, Guest Tutor, Visual Artist and Art Educator - This course in mixed media teaches students a wide range of techniques and ideas. Students will be led through a range of instruction, including techniques and tips that offer insights into the art of collage and mixed media. Explore the use of spackle, different acrylic gels and mediums, transfers, collage, cheesecloth, tissue paper, newsprint, magazine paper, washes and glazes, lifting techniques, inks, resist techniques, and much more. This workshop is suitable for anyone, with or without painting experience. 2-days/Saturdays, Nov. 14 and 21, 10 – 5 pm. Course fee: $240 including materials

Quest for Zest in Life and Work - Victoria Morris-Ott, Guest Tutor, Career Counseling Professional - What can you do to spice up a boring job or add zeal to your retirement? What is one step you can take to move your life in a new direction? Using traditional career planning assessments linked to the new field of positive psychology, students will identify techniques they can use to put more zing and zest in their lives. Initial career assessments and students’ expectations will direct the class for a tailor-made experience. 6-weeks/Mondays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 23, 7 – 9 pm. Course fee: $195

Introduction to Social Ballroom - Jennifer Carney and Thomas Bernard, Guest Tutors and Dance Instructors – Are you interested in learning how to dance?  Do your feet want to move when you hear a spicy Latin rhythm or an upbeat swing piece?  Introduction to Ballroom will give students the confidence to get up the floor.  Learn the fundamentals of Salsa, East Coast Swing, Bronze Waltz, and more. 8-weeks/Thursdays, Oct. 22 – Dec. 10, 7 – 9 pm. Course fee: $255

The Science of Decision-Making - I-Chant Chiang, Tutor Social Sciences, Quest University Canada - What affects our decisions? Are humans capable of making logical decisions? The science of judgment and decision-making examines these questions and attempts to understand the fallacies we fall into and how we deviate from the “rational” decision-making process. Join Quest faculty member I-Chant Chiang for a close investigation into the different components of judgment and decision-making. 4-weeks/Tuesdays, Nov. 17 – Dec. 8, 7 - 9 pm. Course fee: $135

Music as a Mirror: Cultural Reflections from a Global Soundscape - Adam Hill, Guest Tutor, Composer and Performer - By investigating the various methods of and reasons for music-making across human cultures, we can get a glimpse of how and why people live the way they do. Through this course, participants will engage in deep listening to music from cultures across the globe, as well as delve into the ideas of ethnographers who have studied these musical traditions. Through listening and discussion, the course will explore concepts of aesthetics and philosophy that shape multiple versions of human existence. 6-weeks/Tuesdays, Oct. 27 – Dec. 1, 7 - 9 pm. Course fee: $195

About Quest University Canada:

Quest University Canada, the country’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular university opened its doors in September 2007 in Squamish, British Columbia. Quest’s simple philosophy is that education, in its truest sense, comes not from providing the right answers, but from learning how to ask insightful questions. This philosophy has driven the development of a campus and a curriculum focused on producing broadly educated individuals with an informed perspective on the problems of the twenty-first Century, and the integrative abilities to address them. To find out how they achieve this visit: 


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