by Cody McInnis
Academy of Learning College is a post-secondary educational institution which offers programs in Office Administration, Accounting/Payroll, Business Administration, Graphic & Web Design, Healthcare Administration, and Information Technology. It currently has 50 campuses across Canada.
In the 1990s, the Academy of Learning College was the first post-secondary school to develop an interactive classroom environment. They called in the Integrated Learning System. “Other universities and colleges now offer online classes, but Academy of Learning remains the leader of the pack with their learning technologies and platforms,” says Katherine McQuaid, Director of Training at the Academy of Learning College in Charlottetown.
Virtual classrooms have also been added. “We noticed that people taking online courses still wanted to have that classroom experience and talk with the Instructor and other students,” says Katherine.
“Students can interact online with Instructors and students from other provinces, and they can all ask questions, just like a normal classroom. The lectures are recorded, so if you miss a class, you can come in and watch what you missed.”
Programs offered at the Charlottetown location
- Business Administration
- Customer Service
- Graphic & Web Design
- Information Technology
- Office Administration
Over the years, Academy of Learning College students have completed over one million training courses.
About the staff
The Charlottetown location currently employs 10 staff. Most work full time. Depending on the area that they teach or work, all staff are required to have post-secondary education.
Katherine says about a third of the staff has been with them for 20 years. “Our long-time staff stays due to a positive atmosphere, competitive wages, good benefits and holiday time off.” There is some turnover of part-time workers.
Some job titles:
- Student Services
- Administrative Support
They offer competitive wages and a great work environment. Katherine says employees get more holiday time off than the average business.
When hiring, Academy of Learning College looks for applicants who express interest and enthusiasm. “We teach our students that you create your own opportunities, so showing up with a resumé sets you apart. Most people express an interest before we even advertise a position.”
During the interview, they have a conversation with the person to gauge past experience, interest, and a desire to help people.
The interview usually takes 45 minutes. Katherine says the keys to success include a professional appearance, enthusiasm, understanding the institution you are applying to, and expressing yourself clearly.
“Once hired, there is a training period and a probationary period. We usually tell people that they should feel settled after 12 months. A mentor guides the new hire during the first year, and in- house training outlines the Academy of Learning College teaching platform. New Instructors need to learn how the platform works, and that takes time.”
Katherine also says that she likes to see an employee who recognizes what students go through, and can reflect on their own time as a student. “When you can understand where a student is coming from, and express what tweaks and changes might need to be made to help those students succeed, that tells me how well you will succeed here.”
For more information about Academy of Learning College, call 1-888-328-8973.