Gift of Learning Winner


Kayla Watson dropped by our offices this morning to pick up the $400 gift certificate she won in our recent website draw. She’ll be using it toward her course fees in the CAPPA professional designation in the petroleum industry. She’s currently completing Level 1. Kayla has 10 years of experience in the banking industry but is working on a career change.

Congratulations, Kayla!


10 Word Mix-Ups to Avoid


Look what we found! A Buzzfeed post about 10 common grammatical errors illustrated by adorable animals. Maybe it will make you laugh…and maybe it will be useful if you’re writing a paper or a business letter or proposal. Or a blog post. 


Not Your Average Desk Job

150 people dropped in to the Community and Health Studies Information Night on Wednesday, March 20.


Some even got free massages.

The building was buzzing with info on all of the Community and Health Studies continuing education programs.

Guest Stories
We had a chance to chat with a few of the attendees to find out what brought them to the event. Here’s what they had to say.

Ashley came from Red Deer to attend a session about the Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma.

Ashley Box came from Red Deer, where she works at Only Women’s Fitness, to attend a session about the Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma.


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Carrie Bryson enjoyed finding out about the various roles in the funeral profession. She will probably enroll next year because she’s busy planning her wedding this year and working at Community Natural Foods.


Marcos Parrado is originally from Bolivia, where he holds a degree in education. He is thinking about the Adult Educator program to incorporate teaching techniques into his work with developmentally delayed young adults.


Sharon Labossiere was exploring career change possibilities at the Massage Therapy info session. She currently works in oil and gas and is looking for something new.


Jacquie Strom was checking into online learning options. Maybe her twins will be in the class of 2031?

Career Fair
There was also a career fair featuring over 20 local businesses hoping to attract current students and recent graduates of MRU programs.


Curtis Laughren, Mandy Mangat and Matt Lalonde of World Health were at the career fair looking to fill demand for personal trainers. Matt, a grad of the PFT program, said “The MRU grads’ education level is excellent. They are fully ready to train absolutely everybody.”


Rosalynne Dodd of Leela Eco Spa & Studio said there is more demand for massage therapy appointments than they can fill at their spa, so she was hoping to connect with Massage Therapy grads to fill several full-time and part-time positions.


Sheila Thompson of Renfrew Educational Services, with five locations in Calgary serving special needs children, was interested in talking to students of the Education Assistant Certificate, new this year at MRU.

Thank You
We had a great time at the CHS Info Night and hope to see some of these faces in the hallways in the future. For more photos of the event, check our Facebook album.

Spring is Just Around the Corner – Really

It’s difficult to believe with last week’s wintry blast, but spring is just around the corner – even in Calgary. We hope so, anyway. And spring is a great time to fertilize your brain by learning something new.

To green up your spring, we are offering a new course on The Sustainable Home, where you can learn about energy efficiency and healthy air quality.

For the creative spirit in you, there’s our new Open Studio course. You can ask for pointers on your artwork and receive feedback from a skilled artist. Leave your art set up in the studio overnight so you don’t have to schlep it back and forth. Michaelangelo didn’t have to move the David, so why should you?

For photography buffs there’s Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, to familiarize you with this powerful and efficient photo editing tool.

New certificates that were rolled out this year are bringing more new courses onstream this spring –  including Business Law for Contract Management, Petroleum Land Business and Strategic Management.

Check out our new course listings as well as our schedule of free Info Nights.