Kelly Vanderswan 

I was employed in dead end jobs for most of my working life, moving up to manager at a fast food restaurant in the last few years.  I suddenly realized that without going back to school to upgrade my skills this would be my career for the next 25 years.  I needed help fast!

I researched all the school options but loved the Academy of Learning from my very first visit.  It just seemed like everyone was pulling for me to succeed from day one.  Also, with their flexible class schedule I was able to both work and attend school full time, something no one else could offer.

The best part?  I had a job offer TWO MONTHS before I had completed my Computerized Accounting diploma.  I now go to work everyday knowing I have   a career I can be proud of that will grow with me for years to come

             Thanks AOL!

              Administrative Assistant, JEA Ltd.

              Academy of Learning Graduate - May 2008

    Dixie Beaulieu

Before coming to the Academy of Learning I worked at a number of admin type jobs with no real chance of moving my career forward.  I understood that without upgrading some of my skills, I would never get that chance.  I visited several schools and decided the Academy of Learning made the most sense because of their flexible schedule. Jeanine was great – she took the time to review what experience I had and where I wanted my career to go, and then worked with me to get the skills I needed to succeed. 

Once I completed my Computerized Office Procedures Certificate I found I was very much in demand.  My new position with Bala Fitness is both challenging and rewarding – two things I never experienced in previous jobs.  I actually enjoy going to work!  More importantly I now have a career path, along with a plan about where I want to be in the future.

Thank you to Trisha, Peter all the fantastic staff at AOL who helped me realize my true potential!

Membership Consultant, Bala Fitness + Lifestyle Club

Academy of Learning Graduate - September 2008

           Susan Baker

Once I decided on a career in Information Technology I looked around for opportunities in Victoria.  After hearing about the great reputation at the Academy of Learning I decided to call and set up an interview.  All I can say is WOW!  Everyone was professional, courteous, and most importantly they wanted to make sure I would be a good fit.

I worked my way through the Computer Service Technician Diploma, making sure to ask lots of questions.  The facilitators were always supportive and never made me feel like I was wasting their time.  The courses were tough, but it helped me feel prepared when I was finished.  Once completed, I decided to venture out on my own.

After two successful entrepreneurial ventures I have recently joined up to help create the Pacific Film & Multimedia Academy.  There is no doubt in my mind the lessons and information learned at the Academy of Learning put me where I am now.  It is only with their support that I was able to reach my full potential and for that I will always be grateful!

Assistant Director, Pacific Film & Multimedia Academy

 Academy of Learning Graduate - April 2003


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