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New degree, new career
The move from economics to working with children is not common, but Tobin McPherson’s path to Humber’s Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program is anything but traditional.
After graduating from York University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Specialized Honours in Economics, McPherson was building a strong career in the financial services sector, but felt this was not the career for him.
“I needed to branch out in an area where I could help others,” says McPherson. “I want to run a charity dedicated to the education and skills advancement of young, ethnic minorities in the community.”
Students in the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program receive more than a solid education and a work placement; they receive intensive, skill-based training for in-depth work with children and youth, and graduate well-prepared to deal with a myriad of scenarios. This includes therapeutic, counselling and assessment-based courses.
Students take part in simulation sessions in the three therapy laboratories: play therapy, family therapy practice and the children’s activity room. Set-up with everything from doll houses to art centres, students learn what’s needed to deal with various situations.
“The ability to analyze and determine solutions sets our students apart, as they learn to respond quickly and appropriately to complex situations,” says program coordinator Heather Snell.
Degree students will find jobs such as a child and youth counsellor, community developer, child welfare and protection officer, and outreach worker, as well as non-governmental organizations and governments in developing policy directives.
Students from Humber College’s School of Applied Technology will add another real-world project to their design portfolios putting them one step closer to their dream jobs.
Bachelor of Interior Design, Bachelor of Industrial Design, Interior Decorating and Sustainable Energy and Building Technology students are participating in the design and build of the Dream Home R-House designed and built by PROBUILT by Michael Upshall for this year’s National Home Show taking place at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place from March 16 to 25.
“Working with professional builders and designers help students learn the practical skills that complement their classroom learning,” said Craig Crane, professor, Humber’s Interior Design degree program. “Students are developing the interior design plans, elevations, sections and assembly details to be used by the construction team as the Dream Home is built.”
The Dream Home R-House implements eco-friendly sustainable products. It is designed to generate its own energy from renewable sources and features its own rain water collection, a living wall, waste management system, and a green roof with self-sustaining vegetation. Dream Home R-House also incorporates such smart home technologies as home automation controls, smart security systems, and new technologies such as mirrored TV’s and in-wall audio systems.
“We were given a section of the Dream Home R-House floor plan and asked to manipulate the space so that it reflects a functional and sustainable space,” said Taylor Roth, Humber Interior Design student. “The whole point of the Dream Home R-House is to showcase a new way of looking at design by using local, sustainable and environmental resources.”
Michelle Mawby, DreamHome R-House lead interior designer, said “I love working with Humber students because they are bringing new and fresh ideas to the table. They are pushing us to be more creative and getting us out of our set ways.”
- Last Activity 25-10-2012
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Join Date 17-02-2012
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