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Choosing the Right College for Professional Development

Monday, June 8, 2009

One of the most important decisions in a person’s professional development is choosing the right college. In order to make the right choice, students need to ask the right questions to determine whether the school will meet their needs.

First and foremost, find out if the school is accredited. If so, that means the curriculum meets the educational standards outlined by the provincial government.  Next, you’ll want to make sure that school offers the program that meets your needs and that the curriculum is in-sync with current marketplace demands.

When you’re choosing a program, talk to the instructors. Make sure they are experts in their career by asking them about their experiences in the field as well as in the classroom.

Do they have practicum placements? Career training is much more beneficial when a practicum is involved. This period allows a student to put theory into practice and gain hands-on experience in a job setting, as well as opening the door to job placement.

Finally, tour the campus to get a feel for it. Schools with small class sizes allow for more one-on-one instruction for students, thereby enhancing the quality of their education. Additionally, the school should be committed to you success after graduation. Look to see if it has an up-to-date job board, provides job advice, or has other connections to the local business community.

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CDI College Growth Story: Afsaneh from North York
January 18, 2021
The second feature in our CDI College Growth Story series goes to none other than Afsaneh S., a dedicated pharmacy instructor at our North York campus. The Dream Raised in Iran, Afsaneh found herself in an environment of healthca...
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The Importance of Mental Health Awareness
January 15, 2021
Our overall mental health is as important as our physical health. Being mentally healthy allows us to reach our full potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, and contribute to our community. Stress and anxiety are part of everyday life. As...
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CDI College wins its case before the Superior Court of Quebec
January 12, 2021
Montreal, January 12, 2021 - CDI College. Business. Technology. Healthcare (“CDI College”) is pleased to announce that Judge Florence Lucas of the Superior Court of Québec issued a judgment today ordering the Minister of Immigrati...
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How to Set Effective Career Goals
January 11, 2021
With the new year finally here, you might have ideas about what you want to achieve with your career or education in 2021. Goal-setting is a valuable tool that can help you get there. “Setting goals based on your dreams will give you...
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How to Set Effective Career Goals
January 11, 2021
With the new year finally here, you might have ideas about what you want to achieve with your career or education in 2021. Goal-setting is a valuable tool that can help you get there. “Setting goals based on your dreams will give you...
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CDI College’s Upcoming Events
January 4, 2021
We have some great career-focused events coming up in the new year at CDI College. So far, the list is as follows: January 6, 2021 – Travel & Tourism Info Session Want to help people make memories that last a lifetime? Discov...
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$2,000 Supply Chain Management Scholarship
January 1, 2021
CDI College is presently offering the Supply Chain Management – LCA.FL (English) program in all its campuses in the province of Quebec. Start your classes this month and get a $2,000 scholarship (certain conditions apply). Learn more at https:...
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CDI College: an important presence in Quebec for almost 50 year
December 31, 2020
A highly reputable college and recognizable brand in Quebec 50 years of experience: established in Quebec in September 1971, CDI College offers students in the province a wide range of work-oriented programs. CDI College currentl...
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CDI College Through 2020
December 22, 2020
Like the rest of the world, CDI College also had to adapt and make the most of this year after safety measures were put into place. We’d like to think we came out as winners in 2020. Dental Assisting graduates had a 100% passing...
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CDI College Growth Story: Tracy from Calgary
December 17, 2020
At CDI College, we think it’s important to provide recognition and credit to the staff and instructors who make our mission possible. These people have dedicated their lives to helping change our students’ lives by providing them with th...
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Start Fresh in 2021 with Career Training
December 11, 2020
After a year like 2020, you’re probably looking forward to a fresh start. Maybe you’ve lost your job or realized you need a career change. Either way, you want to get the training you need to get hired into a better role. Enrolling...
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Statement on CAQ Status
December 2, 2020
CDI College is aware that the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education are currently looking at international students recruitment in Québec. At this point, our understanding is that both Ministries are looking at general in...
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Supply Chain Management Virtual Info Session
November 27, 2020
Do you want to start a stimulating career in a growing industry? Come and discover our Supply Chain Management – LCA.FL program starting at 4PM on December 2! Why attend our Virtual Info Session? • Get an overview of the Suppl...
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Social Media Management Virtual Info Session
November 18, 2020
Do you want to start a rewarding and stimulating career in a growing industry? Come and discover our Social Media Management – NWY.1W program starting at 4PM on November 26! Why attend our Virtual Info Session? • Get an overvi...
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Early Childhood Education Virtual Info Session
November 16, 2020
Do you want to start a rewarding and stimulating career in early childhood education? Come and discover our Early Childhood Education - JEE.13 program starting at 4PM on November 24 ! Why attend our Virtual Info Session? • Get an overv...
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Your Handy Guide to Working Remotely
November 6, 2020
COVID-19 has radically transformed attitudes towards the role of the office. Traditionally, it has been the centre of business activity. However, with many employees (at least temporarily) working from home, it has sparked new ideas about how and wh...
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Get a $2,000 Early Childhood Education Scholarship!
November 1, 2020
CDI College is presently offering the Early Childhood Education – JEE.13 (English) program in all its campuses in the province of Quebec. Start your classes this month and get a $2,000 scholarship (certain conditions apply). Learn more at www....
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7 Tips for Online Learning Success
October 21, 2020
The rapid growth of online learning has created exciting opportunities for college students in Canada. With digital education, you get a flexible schedule, spend less time commuting, and you can study in a setting that suits you. However, as wi...
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Here’s How Cybersecurity Specialists Stop Online Attacks
October 15, 2020
Every time you use your smartphone or join a computer network, you’re potentially exposed to numerous cyber threats such as hacking, phishing, malware, and botnets. In 2018, nearly 60% of Internet users in Canada experienced a cybersecurity incident...
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Paralegal Technology Virtual Open House
October 9, 2020
Do you want to start a rewarding and stimulating career in the legal field? Come and discover our Paralegal Technology - JCA.1F program on October 21! Why attend our Virtual Open House? • Get an overview of the Paralegal Technology – JCA.1...
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4 Easy Ways to Boost Mental Health
October 7, 2020
Unfortunately, stress and anxiety are parts of everyday life. As a college student, you also have the pressure from studying, assignments, and tests. With World Mental Health Day taking place on October 10, it’s a good time to think about what...
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Why You Should Build Your Professional Network Before Grad
September 1, 2020
You can’t wait for the day you finally finish school and can start searching for your first job in your chosen field. But you also feel anxiety when you realize how many other new grads you’ll be competing against for a finite number of...
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You're Invited to CDI College's Virtual Open House on September 10
August 25, 2020
We are living through uncertain economic times. You might be considering a new career direction because of job loss, or simply because it's time for a change. If that's the case, CDI College can help you get started towards a brighter future...
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9 Essentials for Your Back-to-School Survival Kit
August 17, 2020
The first weeks back to school are often just about survival. You’re confronted with a busy schedule, new people, and lots of course work. To make it through a survival situation, the key is to come into it well-equipped. That’s the...
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Get a $2,000 Social Media Management Scholarship!
August 13, 2020
CDI College is currently offering a $2,000 scholarship * to qualified applicants who enroll in the Social Media Management - NMY.1W program with classes starting before September 30. Click here for more information. *Certain conditions apply
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3 Apps to Help You Focus and Ace Your Next Exam
July 24, 2020
Have you been out of school for several years and feel like you need as many study tips as you can get? Maybe you’ve always been an A-plus student who breezed through your courses. Studying and exams shouldn’t be the reason you put off s...
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Accounting & Payroll Training Opens Doors to These Bonus Business Roles
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You want a new career path that will give you options down the road. That’s because you’re smart enough to be worried about being stuck in the same role five or ten years from now. There are many good reasons to eventually need a ch...
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CDI College Statement on Anti-Racism
June 4, 2020
On behalf of CEO and Chairman Peter Chung, Executive VP of Operations Andre Souza, and VP of International Relations, Yul Kim, CDI College joins in solidarity with students, staff, faculty, and all global citizens fighting for justice, and an end to...
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CDI College Statement on Anti-Racism
June 4, 2020
On behalf of CEO and Chairman Peter Chung, Executive VP of Operations Andre Souza, and VP of International Relations, Yul Kim, CDI College joins in solidarity with students, staff, faculty, and all global citizens fighting for justice, and an end to...
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Top Industries that are Hiring During COVID-19
May 20, 2020
With the current economic climate, many industries are facing employee layoffs and hiring is at a freeze. However, according to Forbes and other industry resources, there are many sectors that are still prevailing (and growing) and are currently acc...
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Get a $2,000 Paralegal Technology Scholarship!
May 7, 2020
CDI College is currently offering a $2,000 scholarship * to qualified applicants who enroll in the Paralegal Technology - JCA.1F program with classes starting this month. Click here for more information. *Certain conditions apply
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Books from Your Peers: Why You Should Read and What to Read
May 5, 2020
Reading books is a great way to spend time, and it offers many benefits, including stimulating the brain, improving abilities in comprehension, reducing stress, and improving the quality of sleep. Some of the top CEOs in the world manage to read, on...
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COVID-19: New Government Funding Available for Students
April 24, 2020
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on new and current students and recent graduates – from transitioning to online learning modules to finding employment upon graduation. The Government of Canada is now intervening with financial...
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How a Workout Plan Increases Mental Focus
April 22, 2020
While you’re studying at home, there may be times where it’s difficult to stay on track without the help of a regular routine. Home workouts are a great solution. Not only do home workouts provide a steady routine, but they also help wit...
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How to Maintain a Social Life while "Social Distancing"
April 9, 2020
Your social life doesn’t have to be on hold while you practice social or physical distancing. We’ve come up with a few ideas for how you can keep busy and still keep in touch with your closest friends! Virtual coffee dates...
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How to Stay Healthy at Home
April 7, 2020
While studying and attending classes from home may seem easier than getting dressed, packing your lunch and schoolbag, and catching a bus, you also need to account for much less physical walking each day. As the square-footage of any home is far les...
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5 Tips on How to Make the Best of Self-Isolation
March 31, 2020
We've pulled together some great ideas on how you can reconnect with youself, your friends, and your families in a completely different way during this time of social distancing. Cherish this time at home as an opportunity to rediscove...
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CDI College raises nearly $5,000 for Pink Shirt Day
March 2, 2020
CDI College joined people across Canada and around the world as they stood up against bullying on Pink Shirt Day 2020. Students, instructors, and staff from CDI College wore pink and raised nearly $5,000 for the CKNW Kids’ Fund and Fondati...
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CDI College donates 4,000 items to local food banks
January 7, 2020
An outpouring of holiday spirit drove students, instructors, and staff from CDI College to unite in an effort to support local food banks. In December, campuses from British Columbia to Quebec gathered over 4,000 non-perishable items to help fellow...
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Stocking Stuffer Contest - Win a $100 Gift Card
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Be a part of the Holiday spirit with CDI College Quebec! Visit us on Instagram , Facebook , or Twitter and take part in our Stocking Stuffer Contest 2019. Enter your friend or loved one for a chance to win a $100 gift card by completing on...
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CDI College raises $3,700 for World Heart Day 2019
October 2, 2019
Students and staff members at CDI College campuses across Canada joined forces in September to support heart health. The college’s annual World Heart Day campaign raised awareness and over $3,700 to help fight cardiovascular disease, a leading...
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You’re invited to National Workshop Day on August 22
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CDI College Business. Technology. Healthcare is hosting a special event to help you take the next step towards a successful new career. National Workshop Day takes place on August 22, 6-8pm. Held only once a year, this free event is your c...
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Addictions and Community Services Worker Instructor Making a Difference in Calgary
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Kathy DuGray, an instructor in the Addictions and Community Services Worker program at CDI College’s Calgary South campus, is known for her big heart and love for her students. “Once someone is Kathy’s student, she takes resp...
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CDI College raises $4,000 on Pink Shirt Day
March 1, 2019
VANCOUVER, BC – March 1, 2019 – Faculty, staff, and students at CDI College’s campuses across Canada joined together this past Wednesday, February 27th, to take a stand against bullying, raising $4,000 for the CKNW Kids Fund and Fondation Jasmin Roy...
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CDI College Holiday Food Drive Brings in More Than 2,700 Items
January 7, 2019
Vancouver, BC; January 7, 2019 – CDI College students, instructors and staff collected non-perishable items for local food banks over the holidays, bringing in nearly 2,700 items across our 25 campuses. “We are thrilled with the kin...
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