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Algonquin College launches free virtual business training during pandemic

"These online courses provide an opportunity to improve and develop our workforce during unprecedented times," said Algonquin's Executive Director of Business Development Doug Wotherspoon.
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Algonquin College sign, January 2020. Dani-Elle Dubé/

Algonquin College's Learning Centre is launching a handful of free online courses to help entrepreneurs and those in the business community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least three virtual courses, ranging from two to four days in length, are being held each week throughout March and April. Course subjects include Business Analysis in an Agile Environment, Project Management, Business Relationship Management, Change Management, Business Analysis and Transformation Leadership.

The roster of online courses is fluid and based on demand; more dates will be added in the coming weeks and additional courses will also be developed.

"We know businesses, employers and employees are being challenged like never before," said Doug Wotherspoon, Algonquin's Executive Director of Business Development. "These courses were in the final stages of development and our Learning Centre team stepped up their efforts so that we could unveil them now free-of-charge. These online courses provide an opportunity to improve and develop our workforce during unprecedented times -- a period in which many people are being asked to work from home or may be looking to update their CV."

Visit the initiative's microsite for details on courses and dates.

"We are all in this together and Algonquin College wanted to give back to businesses and employees in these difficult times," said Claude Brule, Algonquin College President and CEO. "Our College lives by its values of Caring, Learning, Integrity and Respect. In our small way, we hope to do our part by delivering valuable training and skills development online during this period of uncertainty."

The Learning Centre opened in December 2019 and serves employers and individuals looking for retraining, skills upkeep and development.


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