BY JADE MORELLINI
City East Community College (CECC) is a non-profit, adult education provider, offering hundreds of short courses for individuals living in Inner and Eastern Sydney.
They cater for everyone’s educational needs, with their courses covering the arts, lifestyle, business, computing and graphic design, health and fitness as well as languages and communications.
City East Community College offer classes that promote mental health, as well as their spiritual and physical health. Their Health and Wellbeing courses allow individuals to slow down from their busy day-to-day lives and relax their minds and bodies, putting the focus on themselves. They offer Tai Chi, Mindfulness Meditation, Pilates, Swimming and Mindful Eating to name a few. These are available across a number of City East locations, including Alexandria, Bondi, Bondi Junction, Coogee, Dover Heights, Erskineville and Randwick.
Tutor of Mindful Eating, Debbie Pannowitz, has over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She combines her clinical experience of nutrition and complementary therapies to mentor individuals and groups about mindful eating practices.
Pannowitz uses her experience to inspire students to use mindful practices when making the decision on what foods to eat. She encourages them to make choices from a place of nurturing and nourishment, rather than regret, guilt and blame.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, their business courses provide all the students with the option to learn about the ever-changing workings of social media, accounting, business management, financial management, investment and real estate as well as communication and presentation skills.
City East Community College aim to foster the development of their students and promote growth in every area of study. For those who aspire to have their own business, their small business courses are available where they provide critical skills required for a successful business. They offer the foundation, knowledge and techniques that are required to effectively and successfully operate a small business which will attract and satisfy customers.
A simple yet crucial tool required in everyday life is languages and communication and City East Community College provide an array of courses to aid adults into communicating the best way they can. Students are given the opportunity to learn a second language, such as Dutch, French, Indonesian, Italian or Thai to name a few. They also have courses to improve communication skills, as well as writing and public speaking. Sign language (Auslan) courses are also accessible which is held in partnership with the Deaf Society of NSW and are taught by everyday users of Auslan.
City East Community College have accredited courses available for those who want to boost their career options and take their knowledge to the next level. City East Community College have nationally recognised training and will provide students with the skills required for any career path, leaving them with the qualifications to understand their career and remain up to date for their industry.
The short courses can be held on weekdays, evenings and on weekends.