Students only need to invest time, not money, in these online courses administered by Holland College.
Funded through Skills P.E.I., the college is offering more than 140 courses through what it calls an e-force training program that runs entirely online.
There is no classroom time and no cost, and students can complete their courses on their own time.
Angela Hodgson, who works in the customized training branch of the college, said the courses are geared toward small businesses and their employees as well as job seekers or people simply looking to upgrade their skills.
They cover things like social media, human resource fundamentals and, the most popular one, Microsoft Excel.
“It’s definitely one of the number one courses,’’ Hodgson said. “People want that quick bit of little information to get them through a spreadsheet or to try and help them figure out why they’re stuck in a certain area.’’
The program is currently free until March 31 when the promotional period ends. A decision on whether it will be extended hasn’t been made yet, but anyone who enrols prior to that date gets to complete the course.
Holland College didn’t develop the curriculum. That was done by Bluedrop Performance Learning, an e-learning company based in St. John’s, N.L.
Of the programs, two of the course bundles are specific to P.E.I. – social media and human resource fundamentals.
Topics covered include selling products and services with social media and creating and managing a brand online, as well as employment standards and occupational health and safety.
At present, more than 5,000 people are taking courses at e-force training.
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