Online offerings to expand to CYC

For three years students have been able to take online courses to earn educational assistant and early learning and childcare credentials. The approach has met with such success, that a similar online model for the first year of the child and youth care diploma program will be unveiled in April.

“As part of this new programming we are excited to offer an introduction to the animal assisted therapy course,” says Joanne McDonald, chair of human services.

Currently 123 students are enrolled in online courses, which are 10 weeks long. The courses provide students with the opportunity to continue working as they learn. Students are still required to meet deadlines and participate in group online discussions.

Student Sylvie Proteau, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club in St. Paul, has taken both online and on campus courses. “With families and responsibilities it is a challenge to continue post- secondary education. Having online options helps everyone keep employment while increasing knowledge and skills to advance our careers with the lifestyles we have,” she says. “I recommend Lakeland online courses to all my staff and anyone interested in taking courses in this field.”

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