SQUAMISH, BRITISH COLUMBIA, September 5, 2014 - In a new initiative designed to serve the community, Quest University Canada will inaugurate a non-credit education program this coming fall dubbed Continue Your Quest”. The University, now in its eighth year of operation, conducted an extensive survey last spring to establish the needs and interests of residents in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. In response, Quest has crafted a program mirroring its engaging educational model. The program is set to start on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
David Helfand, Quest President said, “We are excited by this new initiative that will share our facilities and expertise to enrich the living and learning environment we call home.”
Students can look forward to small interactive classes with dynamic and passionate instructors offering a variety topics ranging from “The chemistry and biochemistry of food” to “Wine tasting and pairing made simple”. President Helfand himself will teach a class entitled “How to build a habitable planet”. Through illustrated lectures and group activities, students will explore how our habitable planet came to be and how much longer our activities will allow us to enjoy its pleasures.
“Discover your Work Purpose” is designed for people unfulfilled by their current employment and who are seeking a career change that will lead to more meaningful work, yet don't know how to articulate their yearnings and are overwhelmed by the prospect of change. Students will experience an in-depth self-discovery process that will bring them closer to realizing their potential.
Parents will be glad to know that their children can also be part of the program. “Into the Wild—An Introduction to Natural Play” will give an overview of some current pedagogical approaches to natural play including Forest School, Rain or Shine School and Outdoor School. It will provide attendees with creative ideas on how to initiate meaningful, outdoor play by fostering an on-going relationship between their children and the land they live in.
For those interested in learning how to balance the activities children need for growth and success with technology use, “Disconnect to Reconnect” is a must. On Sunday, November 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Cris Rowan, a well-known speaker, author and regular on CBC Radio and television, will offer a workshop on the impact of technology on children’s neurological development. “Disconnect to Reconnect” will raise public awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on a child’s development and academic performance, and provides initiatives for homes, schools, health professionals, governments, researchers, and technology corporations to create ’sustainable’ children.
Courses range from one-day weekend offerings to one-night-a-week classes running for three to six weeks. Fall classes begin after the Thanksgiving weekend. A spring schedule will be forthcoming.
A full list of offerings, information about the tutors, and a link to registration can be found at http://www.questu.info/continuing-education.html
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: http://www.questu.ca/
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Sonya Hwang, Quest University Canada
Phone: (604) 932-0308