Selkirk College’s Community Education Podcast Course Opens Doors to Connection

Community Education & Workplace Training is a vital resource for lifelong learners to gain the required training and seek satisfying diversions. With health and safety as the number-one priority, there is a multitude of course offerings available throughout the fall and winter months at Selkirk College.

The heightened senses of the new normal carry a world of possibility and a Selkirk College Community Education & Workplace Training (CEWT) course dubbed Podcasting 101 – Beginner’s Guide to Producing and Publishing invites learners to acquire knowledge and skills needed to explore the power of voice.

Presented by Nelson-based broadcaster and online marketing whiz Anthony Sanna, the four-session course teaches the basics and best practices of podcast creation with real-world application. Whether you are serious about starting a podcast or just want to know more, the introductory course is the perfect start.

“Listening to a podcast is a very intimate experience,” says Sanna. “It’s as delicious as the experience of making the world disappear when one is reading a book. No other medium can compare to the power of reaching an audience in the same way.”

Sanna discovered the West Kootenay 16 years ago and in 2013 started volunteering at Kootenay Co-Op Radio where he quickly became a key member of the Kootenay Morning team as an on-air host and producer. The meteoric rise of podcasts as a medium to further reach audiences led Sanna to develop his technical and performance skills in a new way.

Calling himself an “Online Marketing Smarty Pants,” Sanna runs a small business focused on helping clients with content and delivery models to maximize reach in the virtual world. Podcasts are an option he helps explore with both businesses and individuals.

“Podcasting allows the podcaster to share ideas and connect one-on-one with the listener,” Sanna says when comparing the medium to social media. “No distractions, no pop-ups, no cute cat videos, no nothing. Just storytelling in its pure form, from the teller to the listener. At a time when the world is starving for physical attention, when social distancing is a temporary new normal, intimacy and connection via podcasts are highly sought after.”

Community Education Delivered Differently

Like all of its programs, Selkirk College continues to deliver Community Education & Workplace Training offerings through a mixture of in-person and online while adhering to strict health and safety protocols. From first aid training and firearms certification to cannabis cultivation and landscape painting, there are more than 100 community education courses being offered over the coming months.

“We have adapted all of our courses to ensure that the health and safety of our learners is the number-one priority,” says Rachel Adair, CEWT Coordinator for the Nakusp and Kaslo learning centres. “The programming we offer is essential both for required certifications and overall mental health. I’m in awe of our team that we have been able to put in protocols that will help participants feel safe while still getting the education and training they want and that they need.”

Community education programming takes place at all Selkirk College campuses and learning centres throughout the region. Taught by community educators with a wealth of experience in their given field, the diverse range of affordable courses are delivered throughout the year. The current COVID-19 protocols require courses to be delivered in-person, remotely online, or using a mixture of both.

The Podcasting 101 – Beginner’s Guide to Producing and Publishing course goes on four straight Thursdays starting on October 8. It is being delivered remotely through Zoom between 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and participants are only required to have a microphone, speakers, and headset.

Those looking for more information or would like to register in a Community Education & Workplace Training course can find it here or call the Selkirk College location nearest to you.

Original article from Selkirk College