Empowering Growth Through Learning: Journey with DC’s Professional and Part-Time Learning

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Campbell, is a Student Advisor at Durham College. Here she shares her experience of taking a course with Professional and Part-Time Learning.

In the wake of the pandemic, as the world came to a standstill, many people found themselves seeking ways to make the most of their time in isolation. While some turned to hobbies and entertainment, Liz, a dedicated Student Advisor at Durham College, was determined not to let this time slip away in a blur of TV shows and idle days. With a spark in her eyes, and inspiration in her mind, she continued her journey of learning.

Liz's path at Durham College began with a certificate in Adult Teaching and Training from DC Professional and Part-Time Learning (PPL), an experience she credits for contributing to her dream job as a Student Advisor. The program had opened doors and honed skills she could apply directly to her career. "I absolutely love it; this is my dream job," Liz said.

“It’s a case of constant growing and finding new paths in life"


PPL, with its 70+ part-time and online programs and over 1000 courses, has always offered a platform that aligns perfectly with busy professionals. PPL’s flexibility allowed Liz to choose her learning schedule and progress at her own pace. "It’s so great to be able to complete courses when I am able to and also choose my time in the week that works best," Liz shared. Professional and Part-Time Learning allows students to learn how they want, and when they want.

She found her match in the Health and Safety in Workplace certificate. "I got into it, and I got so much involved," Liz shared with excitement. The program, which she pursued alongside her role as a Student Advisor, turned out to be more relevant than she had anticipated. It brought safety protocols and practices to the forefront of her daily routines, allowing her to not only enhance her own understanding but also offer practical insights to her son.

Liz's son was in the process of building his dream car workshop, and her newfound knowledge proved invaluable. "This program allowed us to learn many health and safety aspects of business," she revealed. Her ability to guide her son in matters of ventilation systems and safety equipment showcased the practicality of her learning journey. It wasn't just about personal growth; it was about making a tangible impact on those around her.

As we approach the normalcy after the pandemic, Liz is committed to her journey of continuous learning. She wants to set an example for her four sons. "I want to show them that it's not just a case of getting that one certificate, degree, or diploma. It's a case of constantly growing and improving and finding new paths in life," Liz expressed.

Three years later, she finds herself close to finishing her certificate. Looking ahead, her sights are set on the Project Management certificate offered by Professional and Part-Time Learning. The project management certificate teaches skills that are relevant to numerous people and various jobs.

In a world forever changed by the pandemic, Liz's story is one of creating a legacy of growth and learning. Liz is an inspiration and a #DCProud member; her story shows that even in the most challenging times, we can find ways to achieve, evolve, and inspire others along the way.

DC Professional and Part-time Learning offers a diverse selection of over 70 programs and more than 1000 courses designed to help you achieve your career goals. Investing in your career development can lead to promising future opportunities. You can register for many PPL courses either with Monthly Intake Online options, which start every month, or at the beginning of regular semesters such as Fall, Winter, and Spring.

What is Monthly Intake Online? Monthly Intake Online courses are conducted on the OntarioLearn LMS platform and have a unique feature—they start every month, even outside of the regular semester dates. If you need flexibility in your course start date, Monthly Intake Online is an excellent choice.

For financial assistance, please visit the OSAP Eligibility webpage. When you're ready to take the next step, explore your part-time learning options at www.durhamcollege.ca/PPL.