Lifelong Learning @ UNB
UNB College of Extended Learning

Continuing education units can empower learners to achieve their goals

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: April 30, 2024 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Online Learning , Professional Development , Our Stories , News and Events



In today's rapidly evolving world, knowledge is power. Adult learners, fuelled by a desire for self-improvement, career advancement, or simply a thirst for knowledge, are increasingly seeking opportunities to continue their education. Post-secondary continuing education units, like the College of Extended Learning (CEL) in Fredericton, are well-positioned to empower learners to achieve their goals.CEL is the lifelong learning outreach arm of the University of New Brunswick (UNB). It brings...

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Unlock Your Future: Get Your Degree

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: April 4, 2024 9:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Online Learning , Professional Development , Degree Credit , Our Stories



Are you an adult learner ready to take the plunge back into academia 🎓 only to find yourself hitting a roadblock because you lack some of the necessary admission requirements? Don't worry – you're not alone, and there's light at the end of the tunnel. In this article, we're exploring practical strategies and solutions to help you bridge those gaps and get into your academic program. So, grab a cup of drink or snack, sit back, and let's embark on this journey...

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Adulting 2.0: The Degree Edition

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 20, 2024 9:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Stories , Online Learning , Degree Credit



Get the most out of your time Picture this—you decide to dive back into the wild world of school. It might feel like you're wandering into the unknown, but you're equipped with life experiences, some serious resilience, and a burning desire to learn. In this article, we've got tips, tricks, and strategies to help you navigate the twists and turns of going back to school. 🚀📚  Create a family schedule. It's much easier to get things done when everyone in the...

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Tailored Approaches to Learning and Studying

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 14, 2024 9:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Stories , Behavioural Intervention and Autism , Occupational Health and Safety , Degree Credit , Professional Development , Online Learning



When it comes to learning & studying, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. We all think and process information in different ways. To make sure everyone succeeds, we need to focus on tailored approaches to education. Here are some useful tips and strategies we've gathered to help you. It's about time. "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!" - White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland There's something called "The Planning...

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Kinesiology students make a difference

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 11, 2024 9:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Online Learning , News and Events , Degree Credit , Our Stories



In a recent article, written by Hilary Creamer Robinson, UNB's kinesiology students were highlighted for the difference they were making to the health and wellbeing of athletes as part of their Integrated Support Team (IST) Practicum. But it's not just these students who are making a difference, every UNB graduate with kinesiology courses under their belt has the potential to help their communities in a wide variety of ways. According to Amy Thomson, UNB's 2023 valedictorian and an MSc in...

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Study Tips You Can Actually Use

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 6, 2024 9:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Stories , Online Learning , Professional Development , Behavioural Intervention and Autism , Degree Credit



Studying is a learned skill. Studying doesn't come naturally for many people and most school systems in Canada don't have the time or resources to give kids and teens proper study skills. The good news is that skills can be improved with practice and dedication. Go beyond reading Sitting and re-reading notes and textbooks is not the same as actively engaging with the materials. It doesn't help you retain the information in the long term. Ways to engage in active studying: Test yourself...

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Championing Safety: One Woman's Inspirational Career Change After Personal Loss

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: January 16, 2024 2:00:00 PM AST

Category: Professional Development , Our Stories , Occupational Health and Safety



Nuala Reilly is a role model for anyone interested in the Health and Safety field. She spent most of her working adult life in industries that helped people who had suffered a significant loss in life. She worked for Employment Ontario, assisting people who had experienced job loss. When she moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, she spent several years working for an insolvency trustee company, working with people experiencing financial difficulties before spending a few years working in a...

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Championing Safety: One Woman's Inspirational Career Change After Personal Loss

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: November 14, 2023 8:00:00 AM AST

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , Our Stories , Online Learning



Nuala Reilly is a role model for anyone interested in the Health and Safety field. She spent most of her working adult life in industries that helped people who had suffered a significant loss in life. She worked for Employment Ontario, assisting people who had experienced job loss. When she moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, she spent several years working for an insolvency trustee company, working with people experiencing financial difficulties before spending a few years working in a...

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From Security Systems to Coding: How the UNB Boot Camp Helped Stephen Brown Jumpstart his Tech Career

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: September 6, 2023 11:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Professional Development , Online Learning , Our Stories



Boot camps have become popular for individuals who want to enter the tech industry because they provide an intensive and focused learning experience that participants can complete relatively quickly. Stephen Brown is one of those individuals. After an 11-year career working for a security systems company in Calgary, he wanted to move back to New Brunswick to be closer to family. He wanted to find a career in a field that would allow him the freedom to work where he wanted to live. Stephen...

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Student Pursues Passion for Computer Programming with UNB Coding Boot Camp

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: July 27, 2023 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Online Learning , Our Stories , Professional Development



Gabe Morris, a native of Quispamsis, New Brunswick, found his passion in computer programming after working as an electrical technician. He knew he wanted to change his career and started taking online courses to learn programming. The one challenge he faced was showcasing his skills to potential employers, so, to step up his game, Gabe decided to enrol in the UNB Coding Boot Camp. “I wanted to have something to put on my resume that had a bit more weight, something to show I have done...

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UNB Coding Boot Camp helps solve the IT worker shortage in Atlantic Canada

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: July 5, 2023 3:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Professional Development , Our Stories , Online Learning



With the rapid growth of the tech industry in recent years, many employers in Atlantic Canada are finding it challenging to find qualified IT workers. The UNB Coding Boot Camp can help.  The UNB Coding Boot Camp offers intensive training in specific IT skills, preparing students for in-demand roles such as software, web, full-stack, and back-end developers. Because boot camps are focused and often shorter than traditional degree programs, students can quickly acquire the skills necessary...

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Online Education Helps Safety Advocate Advance His Workplace Skills

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: December 2, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Stories


Devon Wall is a Health and Safety Advisor who completed the University of New Brunswick's online Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (COHS). When Wall set out to expand his knowledge of OHS five years ago, he already had extensive experience in operations; but what was missing for him was the "why" behind decision-making criteria in the world of occupational health and safety. "I wanted to understand why I was checking a box on a form." After hearing about his friend's own positive...

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Meet Fraser Copeland, OHS program graduate

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: May 1, 2022 2:00:00 PM ADT

Category: News and Events , Occupational Health and Safety , Our Stories



It’s never too late to achieve your goals. "Dad, I graduated University!" For Fraser Copeland, there would have been no prouder moment and no greater feeling of immense admiration than to have his father hear those four words come from his only child. Sadly, Copeland’s father passed away before he could attain this achievement. Fuelled by the desire to secure an accreditation in his professional field from a recognized university – and to make his late father proud –...

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Meet Clare Tooley, OHS program graduate

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: May 1, 2022 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Our Stories , Occupational Health and Safety , News and Events



Now, more than ever, organizations need qualified Occupational Health & Safety practitioners who understand the dynamics of health and safety. Read on to learn how one New Brunswick woman stumbled into a rewarding career in this dynamic field and pursued an online education at UNB in a journey that would take her across the country and back. When Clare Tooley moved to Alberta from New Brunswick several years ago, she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. Her first safety-related...

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Meet Erin Williamson, OHS program graduate

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: May 1, 2022 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Occupational Health and Safety , Our Stories



Online learning, determination, and perseverance helped one woman reskill and excel in a new career. A decade ago, Erin Williamson was a stay-at-home mom, pursuing studies in bookkeeping, when her life abruptly changed. Her husband, a truck driver, was involved in a fatal accident that left him emotionally paralyzed and diagnosed with PTSD. The day after the accident, Williamson realized her husband would no longer be able to provide for their family. She immediately began applying for...

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At the UNB College of Extended Learning, you CAN have it all!

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: April 12, 2022 3:25:00 PM ADT

Category: News and Events , Online Learning , Degree Credit , Our Stories , Professional Development



Gone are the days when continuing your education meant compromising your other priorities. Whether you want to complete your degree, gain certification, or learn a new skill, our suite of online courses and programs makes it possible. We provide:• Relevant and rigorous content• Flexible and accessible learning• Options for all budgets• Easy admission• Prior learning assessment• Degree credit courses and programs• Non-credit career and professional...

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10 Benefits of Online Learning

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: September 6, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Online Learning , Our Stories


Online learning can be an ideal solution if you are looking to advance your career, complete your degree, or enrich your life with a creative activity. Here are 10 benefits of online learning we think you'll value: Access courses and programs from anywhere Study at your own pace Choose your learning environment Balance work, life and education with flexible courses Build self-discipline and accountability Improve time management skills Boost your brain and keep it healthy Learn new technical...

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The Value of an Education

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: February 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Degree Credit , News and Events , Our Stories



Brad Davidson had been dreaming of attending university since graduating from high school 20 years ago, but always thought it was beyond his capabilities. That was until 2020. During the early months of the pandemic, Davidson's perspective changed as he began to focus on things that were essential and created value. It was then that he decided to look for some ways to improve his education. Working full-time and raising children did not allow for a lot of free time, but the option to take...

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Interview with Certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis Student

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: November 20, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Stories


Samantha Sadler, BSc, RBT, Behaviour consultant, Age 33Certificate Candidate 2021 Describe a typical day My work involves intensive behaviour intervention for high-risk individuals. Responsibilities include parent training, in-home behaviour intervention, and working with clients of all ages. A typical day involves reviewing datasheets, graphing, writing behavioural support plans, and functional assessments. I go into residential centres and home environments and conduct assessments...

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Autism Intervention Program Gives Hope to a Mother and Son

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: October 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Stories



How UNB's Autism Intervention Program gave hope to a mother and her son Lire en français Salwa El Alaoui sits in front of her computer at her home in Gatineau, Quebec. Her 11-year old son showers her with hugs and kisses. There is tremendous love between this mother and son. A busy wife and mother of three, Salwa operates a licensed daycare from her home. While the six young children in her care are taking their naps, she shares her story with us. Salwa is from Morocco, speaks Arabic,...

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Online offerings and learner support key to mature student success

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: October 20, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Stories


For many, the post-secondary educational journey begins right out of high school. For Andrea Doiron, this was the case; she started taking courses at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 1994. After her second year, she was accepted into a specialized dental therapy diploma program that trained students to provide basic oral health services in First Nation and Inuit communities. The program was located in Saskatchewan and she left UNB to pursue that goal. Since then, she has yearned to go...

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Adult Learners Can Earn Credit for What They Already Know Through Prior Learning Assessment

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: August 15, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Stories



The University of New Brunswick's College of Extended Learning (UNB CEL) makes higher education and degree attainment accessible to adult learners. "Every adult learner's circumstances are unique," explains Lorna Campbell, coordinator at UNB CEL. "They may be continuing their education to learn new skills to enhance their productivity at work. They may want to advance or change careers. Some come to us simply because it is something they always wanted to do, and the time feels right." UNB CEL...

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Adult Education Program Prepares Adult Learner for Career Change

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: August 10, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Stories



Jaime Wiebe worked in finance and accounting. After having her first child, she realized she wanted to reinvent herself by exploring a career that was more rewarding and fulfilling. Wiebe had always been passionate about teaching and helping others, so when the opportunity to work as a GED Instructor at a Women's Correctional Centre arose, she decided to go for it. “I love what I am doing, it is the most rewarding opportunity I've ever been blessed with in my life. These women inspire...

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Growing Demand for Applied Behaviour Analysis Training

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Stories



Erin MacQuarrie always had an interest in human behaviour, which led her to get a Bachelor of Science in psychology. It was during that degree she learned about the power of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). MacQuarrie moved to New Brunswick from the West Coast with her husband and young family, and she decided to return to school to improve her prospects for employment. Her desire for a career helping people improve their lives, and seeing positive results after applying some of the...

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Top 7 Reasons to Summer with UNB

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Stories , News and Events



Take a course this summer Don't let COVID-19 get the best of your summer. You can get ahead in your degree from the comfort and safety of your home. "UNB offers online courses in a variety of topics and levels from which students can choose during Summer Term," says Belinda Elliott-Bielecki, director of marketing and communications at the University of New Brunswick College of Extended Learning (UNB CEL). Elliott-Bielecki explains that there are many considerations and benefits to taking a...

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Explore a Brand-New World

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: February 14, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Stories


Imagine it. Build it. Explore a Brand-New World with New Tech Design Summer Camps Offered at UNB. Minecraft and Jr. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) are two of the new Tech Design camps that will be available this summer through Design Works Camps offered at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). "We know these camps will be in high demand considering the popularity of gaming, especially games like Minecraft," says Marie Maltais, director of the UNB Art Centre, where the camps...

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Adult Learner's Advice to Fellow Mature Students

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: January 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Stories


"Stay with it and Don't Give Up!" Going back to school is a big decision. You're aware of the benefits of earning a degree, but you’re hesitant about the road to graduation. How will you squeeze in classes, assignments and studying into your already busy life? The inspiration for Lynne Kaine to go back to university started because she was working with the City of Saint John for 20 years in a variety of roles and believed it was time to advance her career, but needed more education. In...

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A University Degree is Closer Than You Think

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: January 14, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Stories


You are a mid-career adult and never had the chance to finish a university degree. You want to invest in your career and want to take on a new challenge. The University of New Brunswick’s College of Extended Learning (UNB CEL) can help you reach your educational goals. After graduating from high school in 1993, Ian Kennedy went directly on to study at university. After two years he decided to leave his studies to embark on a career with the military. Even though he had every intention...

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