Online interest for Human Services "explodes"

When Lakeland College piloted four online human services courses in 2011-2012, Karlana Klammer-Eastwood was one of three students in the early learning and child care (ELCC) courses.

Three years and two credentials later, the busy wife and mother is still taking online courses through Lakeland College. She earned her ELCC certificate and diploma in 2014, and is now taking two courses in Lakeland’s new mental health practitioner program.  

Today she has a lot more online classmates.  

Online registration for Human Services programs “exploded” this term, according to the Office of the Registrar. The number of registrations for five areas of Human Services – including child and youth care, educational assistant and mental health practitioner, as well as both the early learning and child care certificate and diploma – total 311. 

Klammer-Eastwood is one of 165 students currently registered in online Human Services courses, 54 of which are new applicants for the 2015 winter term. 

“The online option works for my life. I work full-time and have a husband and a 14-year-old daughter,” says Klammer-Eastwood, family day home coordinator in Vegreville. “I can review material during my lunch break and do work in the evening. If my schedule doesn’t allow that, I can spend all day Sunday working on assignments if needed. Online is very convenient for me. And the support from instructors is amazing.”

The trend for online learning with Human Services students is growing steadily. A year ago during the 2014 winter term course registrations totaled 122 with 83 students. In the 2014 fall term registrations totaled 244 with 124 students.

“We are very excited with the increasing interest and enrolment in our online delivery of Human Services programs,” says Joanne McDonald, chair of Human Services. “Our students have a lot to offer to the courses and forums with their own field experience. We look forward to continuing to support and provide students with the online learning opportunities they need to achieve the credentials that will help them to reach their professional goals.”

Second sessions for HS155 Positive Behaviour Supports, HS214 Human Development II, and HS230 Sensory Development were offered this term after the first sessions quickly reached maximum capacity. The Office of the Registrar says most online Human Services courses are close to being full if not already full at the 25-student limit.

This winter term also saw a large increase for ELCC French courses, with 19 new French students.

While registration for the winter term has closed, anyone interested in registering for online courses for the spring term is encouraged to sign up four to six week before the April 13 start date.

January 26, 2014

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