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Returning to school... (need some guidance)

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Returning to school... (need some guidance)

Hi Everyone,

I've been thinking about studying part-time for some-time now. This is more about continuing education (as a first step).
There's too much information for me to make sense where to start. It's overwhelming as I don't have anyone I can reach out to for guidance.

I'm planning to take 1-2 courses per semester while working a full time and part-time job.
Would like some information on how to apply/register; where to start...
I've made a few calls to various Colleges; but they've just directed to to their website for information; which wasn't very helpful...

A few things I'm trying to figure out:
=> Which College to apply to (preferably with an campus nearby to Yonge/Major Mack => Seneca Markham looks promising).
=> Prefer online courses (1-2 courses per semester) -
=> I don't need loans (but any tax breaks or financial aid would be great).
=> Sources for 2nd hand text books

Any information/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Pixelation~
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If you contemplate to study part time, which your preference of taking 1 to 2 courses indicates, you can connect Seneca College. Given COVID, all courses of college are -- I believe -- online. However, you shall also consider the field of career you are getting into. For example. Michener Institute is known for Health and Medical sciences related programs, but not medical doctor per se and nursing. Also Live Chat is available on Seneca College website, as I type now...

Regarding, Seneca College @ Markham per se, many programs are moved away from there.
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Hello,

Part-time program with a full-time job sounds like a reasonable idea. Generally 1-3 courses counts as part-time course load, but it could vary based on programs and institutes.

Most importantly, what program(s) are you interested in?

Imho, all community colleges are reputable and good. Program of choice & convenience (proximity) are often key factors.
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Hi there,

Just did a similar move recently. It took me a year to finish 8 courses to obtain a College Certificate while working full time. A good start could be: https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/en/apply-now - at least it helped me at first.

I don't know what you plan to study, but if the subject is "difficult" (although this is subjective), I would try to go to in-class lessons if possible. My first 6 courses were in-class. My last 2 courses were online due to COVID-19. Having a teacher in front of you willing to stay after class until you understand the subject is priceless.

Good luck with your education!
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Thanks for the information and support everyone.

I don't have an specific program in mind at this time. I'd like to get started now with the long term goal of graduating.
Been thinking returning to post-secondary for some time, but due to certain circumstances and responsibilities I've had to put it off for some time.
I'm in a financially comfortable position now having worked for years; so better to get started now than later.

I'd like to get started with 1-2 courses that interests me and practical to learn (e.g. communications); and ease my way into a part-time program.
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