6 neat post-graduate college programs in Ontario


If you have already completed a diploma or degree, but don’t know what to do next, here are some interesting post-graduate college programs in Ontario that you might want to consider.

Alternative dispute resolution at Durham College

This program accepts students with previous education in a wide variety of areas, so students are prepared to deal with conflict in a variety of areas like health care, justice, advocacy, and education.  Courses might include ‘Negotiation,’ ‘Understanding legal relationships for non-lawyers,’ and ‘Criminal justice mediations’ including restorative justice and victim-offender reconciliations.  Students complete a practicum as part of the program.  Depending on their background, graduates can work in things like human resources, tribunals like the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal, or the Human Rights Commission.  Mediators are becoming more cost-effective ways of resolving conflict.

Bioinformatics at Seneca’s York Campus

Students who have already completed a degree or diploma program can take this course to combine an interest in biology and computer science.  The course applies computer technology to managing biological information (e.g., examining raw sequence data from genome projects).  The program focuses on computer operating systems; programming and scripting; data storage, management and analysis; computer applications; and current molecular biology laboratory techniques.  Graduates might work as bioinformatics technicians, as a resource for a pharmaceutical laboratory, or in other roles.

Children’s entertainment: Writing, production and management at Centennial College

The college explains that this is a new, one-of-a-kind program that prepares students for a career producing children’s content.  Students learn about entertainment ranging from film and television to books and interactive media.  Skills in creative storytelling, business and production management are core to the program.  A field placement in a Canadian media organization is also part of the program.  Graduates are prepared for careers as writers, producers, marketers, and more.

Clinical methods in orthotics/prosthetics at George Brown College’s Casa Loma campus

This two-year postgraduate program draws students who have a background in health sciences who are interested in learning to make and fit prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (braces and splints).  Students get clinical experience under the watch of certified prosthetists and orthotists.  This program is coordinated with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with associate clinics at Chedoke Rehabilitation Centre and Bloorview Kids Rehab.  Graduates are eligible for certification by the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

Environmental monitoring and impact assessment (EMPD) at Cambrian College

In response to current societal needs, students learn about environmental laws and regulations, environmental impact assessment and remediation technologies and more.  To apply, students need to be a graduate of a two-, three-, or four-year post-secondary program in a relevant discipline.  Courses include things like ‘Air Quality Assessment,’ ‘Technical Writing,’ and ‘Fish and Wildlife Restoration.’  Graduates can work in industries such as mining or pulp and paper, government, municipalities, private environmental consulting firms, etc.

Food, nutrition and risk management at University of Guelph’s Kemptville campus

After taking courses and completing a field placement, students leave this program with a background in food management, food theory, nutrition, food processing, and food safety.  Graduates might work in health care (e.g., as a food service manager), in commercial facilities (e.g., as a food and equipment salesperson), or in the food industry (e.g., as a food inspector).  This associate diploma is particularly interesting because it is accredited by the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM).  The program also offers the National Food Safety Training Program (NFSTP) and Smart Serve Certification.  Additionally, graduates are eligible for membership in the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) and the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP).

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Elizabeth Baisley is currently studying for an Master of Arts in Political Studies at Queen's University, where she works as a teaching assistant. She recently completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights & Human Diversity at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus. Elizabeth's academic interest in the rights of marginalized populations translates into her volunteer work and extracurricular involvement in the fields of rights advocacy, immigrant settlement, literacy, health, environmental issues, and local democracy. In September 2013, she will begin her PhD in Politics at Princeton University.