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50+ Festival Encourages Older Adults to Discover New Possibilities

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education announces exciting lineup for annual 50+ Festival, June 1 to 4

Toronto, May 25, 2016 – Presented by Programs for 50+ at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, the 50+ Festival, now in its ninth year, offers an impressive lineup of sessions—mostly free of charge— that encourage the discovery of new possibilities for those 50 years and older. Running from Wednesday, June 1 through Saturday, June 4, the annual festival engages older adults interested in personal growth and continued learning.

The Festival will host a dynamic series of lectures and workshops that will inspire participants to take the leap to learn something new. "We live in a knowledge-based economy, which challenges us all to be lifelong learners, staying ahead of the trends," says Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean, The Chang School. “The 50+ Festival embraces this, with a vibrant community that celebrates aging and all of the learning opportunities it has to offer.”

Featuring collaborations with the Toronto International Film Festival and the Royal Conservatory of Music, the 50+ Festival will engage, uplift, and inspire attendees with candid discussions about the challenges faced by the sandwich generation, as well as a host of stimulating lectures and workshops.

Highlights include:

“The 50+ generation is actively engaged in the world today,” says Sandra Kerr, Program Director for Programs for 50+ at The Chang School. “They keep abreast of what’s new, and do not settle for, but rather, defy the expectations about the tomorrows in their lives. The Festival is a true celebration of challenging our stereotypes of aging.”

At Programs for 50+, those 50 years and older can access academic tools and opportunities for personal enrichment, self-actualization, and engagement in society with their peers and as part of an intergenerational campus dynamic through The Chang School. For more Festival information and schedule, visit Most sessions are free of charge, but participants must register in advance.

With approximately 70,000 annual enrollments, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education. Offering over 1500 courses, seminars, and workshops, 89 career-related certificate programs – 22 of which can be completed entirely at a distance – and 13 part-time degree programs, the school’s mission is to be a leader in innovative, quality, lifelong learning that empowers adults to reach their life and career goals. For more information, visit

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse, and inclusive, the university is home to more than 41,500 students, including 2,400 master's and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. For more information, visit

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Enroll now for Summer 2016!

Thinking about taking one of our flexible programs this summer? The Chang School has courses starting as early as June 20 and enrollment is still open!

Choose from online and in-class courses in subjects like Accounting, Arabic, Communication, Occupational Health and Safety, Project Management, and much more!

We have just opened new sections for select summer courses, so now’s the time to enroll and guarantee your spot. Check out your options or connect with us for academic or career advising.


ELX Master Class on May 31

Led by Veronica Chail, an award-winning Canadian journalist, media personality, and director of creative strategy at EnDesign, this Master Class will explore: content creation in television and digital culture; the art of interviewing; writing, reporting, hosting, and producing across different platforms; personal branding and reputation; strategies for ethical pitfalls; and the business of media. Aspiring journalists, media and communications professionals, public relations, branding and marketing professionals, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs may all be interested in this event.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON

Register now. Fee is $65 (HST included).

Visit the Experiential Learning Exchange website for more information on upcoming Master Classes and other free Networking events.


Free Tutoring in Accounting, Finance, Statistics, and Marketing

Take advantage of free tutoring this spring and summer. Tutoring is available through the Ted Rogers School of Management Student Services for the following courses:

CACC 100, 110, 406, 410, 414

CFIN 300, 401

CMKT 100, 300

CQMS 102, 202

Visit Student Services (TRS 2-168) to register Monday–Thursday between 4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. from now until August 14. Go to TRSM Student Services for more information.


Empowering Decision Making

As organizations move from hierarchical to flat structures, employees need to be prepared to make effective, strategic, and transparent decisions for their organizations. This kind of decision making saves managerial time, unlocks potential innovation, and increases the confidence and abilities of individuals and teams as a whole.

Join industry leaders for a panel discussion on how to nurture the collective intelligence of a team, explore the essential components of decision making, foster and influence effective decision making in others, and reflect on the barriers to decision making.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON

Visit the RSVP page for more information and to register. Admission is free.


Faculty Course Survey: Make Your Voice Heard

The Faculty Course Survey (FCS) is an online student survey of your opinions on the instruction and delivery of course content. It is your opportunity to make your voice heard and to express your honest feedback on your Chang School learning experience. The Spring 2016 FCS will be open from 6:00 p.m. on May 27 to 6:00 a.m. on June 6. During this window, please follow the Faculty Course Survey link from to submit your feedback. You may also complete the survey on a mobile device by visiting or using the Ryerson Mobile app.

For more details, visit Faculty Course Survey.


June 6: Information Night for Health-related Certificate and Part-time Degree Programs

Are you working in a health-related field and looking to build on or advance your career? Join us for a special information night featuring our programs in Gerontology, Health Informatics, Health Services Management, Nursing, and Occupational Health and Safety. This event provides both program-specific and general student life information, and gives you the opportunity to speak one-on-one with program representatives.

Monday, June 6, 2016
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON

Visit the event page for full details and to RSVP!

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.


New! Experiential Learning Exchange (ELX)

Ready to target your education for career advancement? The Chang School’s Experiential Learning Exchange (ELX) is a flexible model that emphasizes hands-on, project-based activities and connects you with coaches, expert advisors, and peers. Customize your learning experience through coaching-based modules, in-depth master classes, and opportunities for networking and mentoring.

Whether you’re at the start of your career or well advanced towards your career goals, the ELX is an efficient way to enhance core competencies and get practical experience solving real-world challenges so you can move to the next level. Get started:


The Chang School Offers Open Admission

The Chang School provides access to university-level and degree-credit courses for all adult learners, regardless of previous experience. Enrollment for most degree-credit courses is on an open admissions basis, providing convenient access to university classes no matter where you live or work – without any formal entrance requirements.

The Chang School extends Ryerson University’s academic resources to adults interested in building their careers, advancing their careers, changing careers, taking courses for professional development or general interest, or applying to a degree program.

If you plan to transfer credits back to your home institution, use your credits to gain entry to a Ryerson degree program (subject to space availability and competition), or if you require more information, please contact us or come to one of our Open House sessions.