I was introduced to AOL through my employer as part of a transition service to military personnel releasing from the Canadian Armed Forces. The Kingston campus offers a resume building and writing course transitioning military members. I hadn’t been in school outside of the military for nearly 30 years. So I was a bit nervous not knowing what to expect.
While I was there I met the staff which were all very helpful. I was initially contacted by Dorota Mirek she is the Student Services/Admissions/Financial Aid Officer. Right away I felt welcomed. She really made sure everything was set up and ran smoothly. And always made regular check-ins to see how things were going.
During the resume writing course Racheal Hickey was my teacher. She is very knowledgeable and very patient. She helped me with any obstacles I encountered.
One of the greatest thing though was the ability for the college to allow me to be there when I could, as part of transitioning from the military is many, many appointments. The schedule is flexible and the college will work with students to try and meet any needs they have. Each student is treated as an individual where the program is adjusted to their schedule not the traditional 8-4 day where students must adjust their schedule to fit the schools.
While completing the resume course I found out about other courses that are offered at the college. I eventually decided to attend the Web Design Diploma course as part of transitioning out of the military.
I began the web design course and really enjoyed it. Robert Richer was my instructor, he is very knowledgeable and answered any questions I had. I learned many new skills and honed up some others that I have not used for a while.
While attending this course I was able to adjust my course schedule as required, the instructors and staff were always willing to help and were very knowledgeable in the subject matter. The learning environment is fairly casual, but not too relaxed, and the actual working area is very quiet and beneficial for learning. Since the schedule is flexible I was able to attend class in-between appointments and work. I was also able to do a lot of the work at home on my own computer in the evenings and bring it into the college the next day for submission.
Overall any of my experiences at Academy of Learning Kingston Campus has been positive. The staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable and are willing to do what they can to assist, be it the course material or scheduling. I am excited to begin the next my next diploma course in October, Network Administrator. I know I’ll have all the help and support I may need at AOL Kingston. I highly recommend looking into the courses and services offered if you’re thinking about starting a new career.
Wesley D. – Web Designer Diploma