Building Connections

2013-2014 Issue 2
DR. JUDITH POTTER — DEAN OF CONTINUING STUDIES

DR. JUDITH POTTER — DEAN OF CONTINUING STUDIES

Connection. In our digital world, this word conjures countless images of cellphones, wireless routers, Bluetooth headsets, and a host of other electronic devices. The World Wide Web epitomizes the concept of connection by virtually linking humans from every corner of the globe.

In this era, our possibilities for connection are boundless.

Yet the true meaning of connection lies beyond the paraphernalia that we use to establish social links. The raison d’étre of these devices is to free us from isolation to share our stories, learn from each other, communicate our knowledge, express ourselves, and more. Education lies at the heart of these experiences.

Education is not the purview of youth; it’s a lifelong preoccupation. A prime example is the Montreal Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL), which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014. This active group of Montreal seniors is planning an uplifting series of academic and social events in the coming year as a tribute to its continuing success.

Students who sign up for internships and practicums give back to communities within and outside McGill. Businesses, non-profits and the Montreal community at large benefit from these SCS offerings. This connection is aptly described as reciprocity.

Education is a necessity for professional development in today’s ever-changing global economy. SCS connects with industry to develop partnerships that raise professional standards, re-educate staff and improve know-how. These connections will undoubtedly increase the prosperity of businesses throughout Quebec and beyond.

Our connections with industry partners and community outreach programs continue to build the School’s reputation and provide our students with valuable experiences at McGill and beyond.

Judith Potter, Dean
School of Continuing Studies

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