Sunday, May 7, 2017

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute/ Ashton Online

Dec. 29, 2016: I was going through my news clippings again and I found this in the Metro:

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute

Launched at NorQuest College October 1, 2014, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute is a unique partnership supporting our vibrant hospitality and service industry sector.

The Edmonton region is in a period of unprecedented growth and optimism, which brings with it surging demand for skilled employees. With the announcement and construction of several major projects, including the Edmonton Arena District, Edmonton’s hospitality sector is poised for dramatic growth to support the new developments.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute will answer the demand for skilled workers trained in world-class hospitality and customer-service skills. The institute will develop and deliver a comprehensive suite of hospitality-industry training programs in a broad range of disciplines needed for employment. Each year, hundreds of students will gain the skills and training needed for bright career futures with hospitality employers throughout the region.

Access to Exceptional Hospitality Training

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation’s transformational investment will open doors to a state-of-the-art training facility and provide bursary funding to ensure Albertans have full access to world-class education in customer service, safety, and efficient operations. 
To apply for the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Bursary, download the application form (326K pdf).


Service Industry Skills Certificate

The Service Industry Skills Certificate is a short term program designed to provide students with knowledge, practices, and certifications that enable them to be job-ready when applying for entry-level work in the hospitality and service industry.

This program is a great fit for individuals who want to work and excel in the hospitality and service sector and for business owners and organizations who want their staff equipped with world-class skills and training.

Common mandatory course (all students take):
Level 2 specializations (students may take one or more specialization):
Additional optional certifications (students may add additional safety certifications, as desired):

Student Access Funding

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation’s generous contribution will open doors to meaningful education and employment opportunities for learners of all backgrounds by funding bursaries to allow students to access world class learning and hospitality sector training. These bursaries will remove barriers to education and provide underemployed and inner-city youth the opportunity to acquire skills, training, and certifications leading to bright career futures in the service sector.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Bursary

Award Value: Up to $2,000 each (covering tuition of the Hospitality Institute program)
Number Awarded: Varies
Bursary selection criteria: Awarded on the basis of:
  • Completion of the Service Industry Skills Registration Form (enrolling in the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute).
  • Proof of residence within northern Alberta (Red Deer and north).
  • Financial need.
  • Preference will be given to applicants referred by local youth organizations and agencies.
To apply for the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Bursary, download the bursary application (326K pdf).

My opinion: That seems to be a really good program for young people who finished high school, and for inner- city youth.  It's good, but not really for me.  I can and did learn a lot of this while I was on the job at the restaurants.

May 2, 2017 Ashton Online: I was at the job fair at the Shaw Conference Centre a couple of weeks ago and I found this college:

Ashton Online utilises latest synchronous and asynchronous tools in educational technology to create an interactive learning experience. Students have an opportunity to learn through live online lectures, take interactive quizzes, complete assessments, and connect with fellow learners in real-time. Our online courses provide new flexibility and opportunities for learning, yet remain academically-rigorous and require the same investment of time and work as a face-to-face course.

Immigration Consulting
International Business
Human Resources
Home Inspection
Financial Services
Dental Receptionist Certificate
eCPD Seminars


Bookkeeping is a stable and in-demand profession, with Service Canada reporting that 80% of all bookkeepers find full-time employment. In addition, the average unemployment rate of bookkeepers is half as low as the average unemployment rate for all professions.

All businesses, regardless of their size perform financial transactions and all of them need bookkeepers. Many bookkeepers are self-employed, running small businesses and sub-contracting services to regular clients. Bookkeepers are employed by private businesses, governments, and virtually every other type of institution.

My opinion: There is good job security in it.  However, I wouldn't want to do this full-time.  When I was at the home installation job, there was some math involved.  However, it was only part of it.  It wasn't the whole job.

Here they teach you QuickBooks and Sage 50 Accounting.  I looked at a lot of office assistant jobs and they say they want someone who knows these programs.


A student can join a dental receptionist training program anytime. With this short training, the candidate can be a dental receptionist at any dental clinic. A dental receptionist is the first point of contact for patients, so the candidate needs to be approachable, friendly, and outgoing. Being a dental receptionist requires the candidate to be organized in handling patient information. The patient records are also kept confidential.

After successfully completing dental programs at Ashton College, graduates may seek employment with a variety of dental offices such as a general dentist, specialty dental office and clinic. Other job opportunities may be found as a receptionist for a dental distribution or a dental manufacturing company, dental department of a hospital, a dental laboratory and with the public health department.

Dental office reception:

The program is comprised of both practical and theoretical study of clinical and administrative procedures and provides learners with skills and knowledge integral to the office environment and client management.

Students will enhance their learning from a simulated dental office environment in our on-site dental clinic, as well as job placements. They will work with real-world, existing materials, tools, and documentation that are worked with and used by practising dental receptionists. Students will also receive First Aid and CPR training and certification.
Graduates may perform a variety of tasks ranging from appointment booking, public relations and bookkeeping, to keeping financial records in a dental office environment.

Dental Assistant Certificate: Upon completion of the Dental Assistant Certificate, graduates are eligible to become a candidate for the National Dental Assisting Board examination. The exam is a mandatory component for certification and registration with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC, the regulatory body for Certified Dental Assistants.

My opinion: I did a lot of interviews at dental and medical offices.  I wasn't hired at them.  I feel like ambivalent with this.  Should I go into this online program and then I would be able to get a job at a dental or medical office?

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