On March 2, the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation held a celebration at the Barrie Campus to recognize the success of its students graduating from the first-ever Recreation and Leisure Services program delivered through Part-time Studies.
An alternate delivery design for the diploma was implemented for those working in long-term care who were affected by changes in legislation that suddenly mandated this credential. For adults who have been working in recreation for up to 20 years, this legislation created a huge problem – how to achieve their diploma while continuing to work full-time, while still maintaining family life.
“As a working mother of four who has been out of the educational system for many years, I have enjoyed getting back to school. The Recreation and Leisure program through Part-time Studies has been convenient and the workload manageable,” says one student. “The teachers and advisers have been helpful and open. I am excited to be working so quickly towards my diploma.”
Each course is structured into a five-week condensed format, consisting of two Saturdays in class in Barrie, with the remaining learning online.
The program has also attracted individuals working in municipal recreation, as the diploma is now recognized as a way to advance in their careers.
Of more than 30 students in the first cohort who enrolled in the spring of 2011, most are very close to completing their diplomas. Due to the students’ varied and extensive experience in recreation, many have received credits through Prior Learning Assessments, and have significantly reduced the time needed to complete the diploma.
With the successful implementation of this program through Part-time Studies, a second cohort started in fall 2012 and another start date is also planned for fall 2013.