Officials with Mount Royal University say as a general rule, demand will rise during periods of economic decline and that seems to be the case with programs offered by the faculty of continuing education.
There’s been a 20 per cent increase in people wanting to register in a number of programs that people can complete in six months to a year.
Jenelle Peterson, director of marketing with the Faculty of Continuing Education says many people are looking for programs where they can get credentials and look for a job in a field that is in demand.
She says while there has been a drop in some business courses, there’s an increase in things like community health and child and youth programs.
Peterson says people are also looking at technology and social media and web development courses.
The University of Calgary say it hasn’t seen a huge increase in people who might have been impacted by the downturn looking to change careers and enrolling in a degree program, but applications by so-called mature students are up 2 per cent.