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McMaster University set to launch new experiential learning program

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FILE - Riipen Networks has partnered with McMaster University to provide on-the-ground, project-based learning for students. File / Global News

McMaster University is partnering with Riipen Networks on a new continuing education course.

The first-of-its-kind program in Canada will provide continuing education to students with live, project-based learning.

Students in McMaster’s Human Resources Management program took part in the pilot project and created employee handbooks, new employee onboarding plans and employee engagement strategies for industry partners, which included Piller’s Fine Foods, Dana Hospitality, Hamilton YWCA, Nurse Next Door, Build it by Design and the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada.

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“This is a huge value-add for our students,” says Dan Piedra, Assistant Director, McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education. “Nothing brings course material to life like actually working to solve a real business problem for a partner company. And beyond the value in the classroom, this kind of experiential learning is extremely useful for students, providing an opportunity for deeper networking with professionals in their industry as well as the option to build a project portfolio which is key for [a] job search.”

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“We’re proud to be working with McMaster to kick off Riipen’s first formal partnership with a continuing education program,” says Dana Stephenson, Co-Founder, Director of Academic Partners, Riipen.

“We’re committed to expanding experiential learning opportunities for students of all profiles and backgrounds, and we see this commitment matched at McMaster in the university’s enthusiasm for creating new pathways to career readiness for their students. Gone are the days of dated textbook case studies on fake companies with no real-world application.”

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The university plans to roll out experiential learning projects in several program areas by the end of this year.

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