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CPA Education Foundation provides support for flexible learning

Providing greater access to education in our region, Medicine Hat College (MHC) is receiving support from the CPA Education Foundation to improve learning options for accounting courses. 

Flexible learning, a delivery style used by a variety of programs at MHC, allows students to choose how they access their courses, providing in-person, virtual, and asynchronous options. With this funding, MHC will create the CPA Education Foundation Flexible Learning Lab, which will include upgraded cameras, microphones, and a SMART Board, enabling multiple camera views and screen-sharing capabilities for virtual learners. 

Rick Robinson, associate dean and instructor in MHC’s School of Business and Continuing Studies oversees the business administration diploma, as well as the intermediate and advanced accounting certificate programs. He says he hopes improving the experience for virtual learners will help them to feel integrated in the classroom, even from a distance. 

“We are so thankful to the CPA Education Foundation for their ongoing support of flexible learning at Medicine Hat College. Prior to these upgrades, engaging virtual learners in computer labs was very difficult. With these new tools, students who join class from a remote location will be able to interact with fellow-students and the instructor in a much more dynamic way.”

Robinson adds the programs have been successful in providing pathways to students interested in obtaining their CPA professional designation.  

“There is a growing demand for accounting students in the region and we are proud to provide a pathway for our students to fill that void. By providing better flexible learning options, we aim to provide more students with the opportunity to take accounting programs and support our local demand. It’s a win-win for students and our region.”

Gordon Beal FCPA, FCA, Senior Vice-President of Outreach for CPA Alberta, says he looks forward to being part of providing excellent learning opportunities to MHC students.  

“The CPA Education Foundation is committed to providing resources that enhance the quality and accessibility of post-secondary accounting education and to raise the profile of the accounting profession among faculty and students at Alberta colleges. We are thrilled to support Medicine Hat College in integrating virtual learners into their classrooms,” says Gordon.

To learn more about the accounting programs offered at MHC, please visit www.mhc.ab.ca.