Continuing education offers shorter courses appealing to many interests
Tired of sitting around at the beach every summer? Why not go back to school?
It will not take years of your time and thousands of dollars to learn about wine, culture, photography or how to write a book through the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus Continuing Studies program.
Continuing Studies provides a variety of courses through July and August, and for the first time some courses are offered in a one-week package.
Writing for children, creative writing, fiction writing, romance and even how to write a cookbook memoir are all on the educational menu, says program leader Elaine Crebo.
"We're hoping people will make this a destination," said Crebo, adding that shorter courses allow time to indulge in the other amenities the Okanagan has to offer.
Wine is big business in the Valley, and Continuing Studies is offering a several wine courses, including Okanagan Wine Stories: Up close and Personal where students will learn about wine before heading to a small, local winery where they will meet the owners and learn how they started their winery, what type of wines they make and sample some of their vino.
One of the advantages of the summer classes is the student-to-teacher ratio.
"Everyone loves the fact that it is small and intimate, and everyone gets a fabulous experience," said Crebo.
But if a one-week summer course is not on the agenda, there are other options.
"A lot of them are offered again in the winter," said Crebo. "Check the fall calendar." The winter courses are stretched out over several weeks.
Anyone interested in learning more about UBC's summer courses, or Continuing Studies can go to http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/continuingstudies
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