Plans to graduate in December 2019 and then enrol in a Bachelor of Social Work program and start in Fall 2020
Through a referral from Watton Employment Services in Cobourg to the Contact North | Contact Nord online learning centre in Cobourg, Kim Danks received support from Contact North | Contact Nord staff to explore study options for social work programs. She enrolled in Durham College’s online Social Service Worker program.
“It requires self-discipline,” she explains. “But I just mapped out the modules, my time frame and deadlines. Online learning in itself requires self-discipline.” Kim had previous experience with online learning after completing the University of British Columbia’s online Addiction-Medicine program.
Going back to school after 20 years was a big shift for her. Kim is a busy mother of three and a foster parent to another three children, and has a career goal to achieve. “I really wanted to make a career move from business to social work and I can’t go to a campus, I need online programs,” she explains.
The program is very flexible but deadlines keep her on track. “We use WhatsApp and Google Docs to communicate among classmates when we work on group projects,” she says.
Kim graduates December 2019 and plans to enrol in a Bachelor of Social Work program in Spring 2020.