Exploring the Pillars of Education and Training

Knowledge is power. And the power of education can be instrumental at any age, and at any stage of life. With an ever-growing presence within the region, both from an educational and community standpoint, Humber College continues to foster relationships with our region in order to contribute by offering education and training that’s geared to enrich our community and beyond.

Once again we had the pleasure to speak with Joe Andrews, Director, Orangeville Campus, to discuss the “pillars” Humber College had to offer when it comes to learning and development specific in our area.

“There are four key pillars that make up the education and delivery methodology at Humber College, and at Orangeville, we offer them all,” explains Joe. “This allows the student/learner, the opportunity to choose how they want to achieve their education goals, and in what timeframe.”


  1. Full-Time Programs
  2. Continuing Education
  3. Education & Training Solutions
  4. Corporate Training & Solutions

FULL-TIME PROGRAMS.  These are the traditional certificate, diploma, or degree education streams. These are for students who can attend their studies on a full-time basis and require full-time commitment, even though some programs may be short-term in length. Typically, this is the stream students choose to embark on after their high school studies, or who have the ability to focus 100% on education.

CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE).  These are the general interest, or “non-credential” types of courses. Although it’s important to note that some of these courses could lead to a credential, and the student can choose to attain this goal over a longer period of time. This is a good way for students to learn and gain credentials while still working or parenting, or taking care of other responsibilities. In addition, there are “flexible learning options” to assist students in managing their learning/life balance.

EDUCATION & TRAINING SOLUTIONS.  This pillar is responsible for working with external partners who may not have the capability to deliver “on-site” education for specific career paths, or for segments within a particular career. Career paths such as Accounting, IT Staff, or HR Programs can require specific training based on government regulations that may change, or a requirement to keep credentials and certifications up to date.

In this particular pillar, Humber Orangeville is introducing the “Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certificate Program” starting this fall. This is a program designed in partnership with The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).  “This program prepares payroll practitioners to manage the compliance requirements of an organization’s annual payroll cycle, deliver clear and reliable payroll information, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions. When you become certified, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.”

CORPORATE TRAINING & SOLUTIONS.  As per the Humber website: “Drawing from Humber’s broad range of expertise, we support your organizational goals by designing and delivering customized training solutions, which result in sustainable outcomes that empower your employees and transforms your organization.”

Providing leading-edge education, training, and learning to our community and surrounding areas is not only good for Humber Orangeville’s current students, it’s good for the future students of our region, and for our workforce and succession planning, creating opportunities for employability, economic growth, and development.

Humber College is focused and committed to our region, to ensure we have access to well developed, strategic learning solutions, and greater opportunities for all.

Written By: Kelli M. Maddocks | Resources: Humber College, Orangeville

Author: Living Spaces

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