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Registering for a Course and Your Stay in Whistler

For the student who would like to take a course offered below, simply click the links that follow the course descriptions, and you will be redirected to course registration and accommodation booking sites.

Course Offerings: 

Simon Fraser University: Craft Beer Business Fundamentals, September 12-14, 2017

The craft beer business is a very competitive one, with many entrants vying for the consumer’s palate and dollar. While the romance and appeal of the business might lie in the design of brews and the craft of brewing, what distinguishes the successful craft brewery from the also-rans is more likely to be found in healthy management, with particular attention to the management of operations, sound marketing, and the formulation and implementation of a rigorous strategy. In this course, you will learn the basics of operations management, the fundamentals of consumer behaviour and marketing, and how to formulate and implement corporate strategy.

The course starts with a brief overview of the basics of operations management, proceeds to outline the fundamentals of consumer behaviour with particular reference to beverages as well as the principles of marketing, and concludes with an overview of strategy formulation and implementation.

Note: Students must be at least 19 years of age to participate in this course and/or the Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials program

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Vancouver Island University: Water Quality Monitoring – Freshwater Sampling and Design

September 12-14, 2017

The intent of the water quality monitoring and design course is to provide participants with knowledge required in order to sample and design programs for effluents and fresh water safely, properly, and with the ability to obtain the best scientifically-defensible results. This will be accomplished through the use of case studies and exercises which will reinforce the principles developed in the classroom. These will uphold current British Columbia Provincial and federal legislation and best management practices for monitoring program design.

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Robert Conrad: The Art and Science of Observational Astronomy


This three-day course is both an introduction and in-depth look at the art and science of observational astronomy. It provides participants with all the tools to successfully plan and conduct an observing session using either a telescope or pair of binoculars. It was designed with the learner in mind and follows a sequential path from learning how the sky appears to move to finding the most challenging deep sky objects by using the ancient art of star hopping without any complicated GPS driven telescopes. The course will also provide you with resources and planning aids that took hundreds of hours to create and will be an important addition to your observing toolkit. By the end of the course, you will be able to star hop to deep sky objects like galaxies, star clusters, supernova remnants and even objects formed shortly after the Big Bang, 14 billion years ago.

Required supplies: PC or Mac laptop with Stellarium installed (http://stellarium.org/) & Math compass set

Recommended supplies: Pocket Sky Atlas https://www.amazon.ca/Sky-Telescopes-Pocket-Atlas/dp/1931559317

In addition, Robert has created a Facebook Group page with more than 480 members that will complement this course. The course is also built in such a way that after each section, there are activities that will test your understanding of the concepts. Robert has also made both a telescope and a pair of binoculars available at the library to check out so you can apply what you’re learning right away. If you already have your own telescope, this course will provide you with the knowledge and resources to expand your potential observing targets and push the limits of what is possible.

Tamwood Intro to Web Development 

Starts October 23, 2017 (Info Evening Sept 20)

With support from Vancouver’s Lighthouse Labs, Tamwood Careers is covering the fundamentals of web development to help you build your coding literacy and gain valuable tech skills. This 36 hour, part-time course will introduce you to popular programming languages like Ruby, HTML & CSS, while providing you with a solid understanding on how programming works. This course is delivered by Tamwood Careers, and local developers who will provide mentorship and support while you learn to work with templates and create web-based applications.

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Vancouver Island University: Environmental Monitoring for Construction

October 31-November 2, 2017

A comprehensive applied overview of skills, abilities and procedures required for effective monitoring of environmentally related construction projects. This 3-day course will include numerous practical exercises and case study reviews where participants are exposed to and complete tasks and requirements for a wide variety of environmental construction projects.

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