The Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development (OCEPD) at UPEI has new staff and a new plan.
“We relaunched the entire department and hired two new full-time dedicated staff, and a third may be added,” says Sherilyn Acorn Leclair, who has taken on management of OCEPD in addition to her Study & Stay portfolio.
“This department will work in collaboration with the UPEI Department of Experiential Education and Work Integrated Learning on non-credit programming,” says Sherilyn.
“The programs are funded by the revenue generated from the courses. We hope 2020 will be the best year yet. We have come a long way, and we feel we are on the right track.”
Lily Reaman, Program Officer, says they are adding new programs and more certificates and they now have dedicated classroom space. “We have many great facilitators currently involved, and we are actively bringing in new facilitators and creating new courses for 2020.”
Lily says part of her role is meeting with individuals or employer groups to determine their training needs.
“We offer customized training. If a group needs professional development training on a particular topic, we can create a course for them, or modify courses we already have to meet their needs.”
Melanie Faye, Program Assistant, has been hired to provide dedicated service to program participants, and says she enjoys meeting the participants and getting their feedback on what courses they would like to have offered next, and how OCEPD can best serve their needs in 2020.
Four new offerings for 2020 will include:
- Professional Communications Certificate
- Executive Administration Certificate
- Customer Service & Client Relations
- Mindfulness and Stress Reduction in the Workplace
- Courses range from $420 for a one-day course, up to $2,500 for a 10-course certificate.
“The door is open to anyone who would like to explore professional training needs, and we have staff in place to answer any questions. It is an exciting time,” says Lily.
To find out about funding options, visit www.upei.ca/professional-development/funding.