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Continuing & Distance Education

Individuals may take high school courses or continue their post-secondary education by taking additional courses or programs through a university, community college, the local school board, or other educational institutions.

Continuing education can lead to certification in a particular field, skills training, professional development or completion of a new diploma or degree. It can also be a more informal process that involves personal growth and enrichment through additional study and general interest courses.

Continuing education can also take place online. The term distance education refers to courses where students and instructors are located at a distance from one another. Students enrolled in distance education courses can complete the course in their home and earn high school, university and college credits.

For More Information

What is "Continuing Education" and "Distance Education"?
Definitions of both continuing education and distance education with links to local school boards and Ontario universities, community to local school boards and Ontario universities, community colleges, and private career colleges. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Independent Learning Centre
The centre provides education and testing services to adults who want to earn a high school diploma, upgrade their skills and pursue a career or post-secondary education. The centre can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

CanLearn — Continuing Education
A description of continuing education with a list of reasons to go back to school. Includes links to tuition assistance options and education savings plans, like the Lifelong Learning Plan. Also includes links to other useful resources and an online searchable directory of program choices.

Canadian Virtual University
An association of Canadian universities specializing in online and distance education. Includes information on how international students can start courses before coming to Canada.

St. Lawrence College Online and Continuing Education
St. Lawrence College offers a variety of online courses and certificates in a number of subjects. Also has a full-time online diploma programs in Early Childhood Education and Police Foundations. A full course catalogue is available online.

Queen’s University — Arts and Science Online, Continuing and Distance Studies
A guide to continuing and distance courses offered at by Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science. Includes undergraduate courses in humanities, social sciences, and sciences that can lead to a Queen’s bachelor degree. An online course directory, admissions guidelines, and other program information is provided. Department information is also available on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and through an RSS news feed. Queen’s University videos are on YouTube.

A consortium of 24 Ontario community colleges, including St. Lawrence College, that deliver online courses as a complement to distance education. Includes an online directory of programs and courses; it is also searchable by college and Ontario region.

Skills Training, Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
KED listing of various educational institutions, including private career colleges in Kingston.

KIP “Call Kingston Home” Movie — Real Estate Agent
This video profiles a local real estate agent discussing what makes Kingston special and why she chose it as the home for her and her family. She talks about taking an intensive English-language program at Queen’s University and studying real estate at St. Lawrence college, local community groups, and what it means to her to call Kingston home. This Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) video is in Spanish with English subtitles.

French Adult Education Centre
La Route du Savoir offers a variety of programs and courses in French literacy and basic education (arts, math and physical and social sciences) for francophone adults. Students can choose to complete their Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED), take online or distance courses, learn another language, or upgrade their computer skills. Most information on this site is in French only, but some is available in English. The organization also has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter (both in French only).

Loyola School of Adult Learning
Loyola School of Adult Learning – offers a wide range of programs for the adult learner returning to school. At Loyola, you can earn your Ontario School Diploma, become a Personal Support Worker, upgrade for a college program, improve your English, update your computer skills, develop your literacy and numeracy skills and more.

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