Distance learning took a back seat in January, when 10 SIT2LRN students gathered at the Invercargill campus for an intensive 10-day Summer School for Coaching.
Arriving from throughout the country, most of the participants are studying towards either a Certificate or Diploma in Coaching which are aimed at those wanting a formal qualification as a career, business or life coach.
But the diploma on its own isn’t enough to earn accreditation to the International Coaching Federation (ICF). To gain that, distance-learners need a minimum of 60 hours of live, specific training – something the summer school could offer.
So while most people were either still on holiday or slowly adjusting to being back at work, our Summer School students were cramming as much learning as they could into each day, from 8am to 6pm, including weekends.
There were plenty of practical training exercises, both coaching others and being coached, while the two days off during the week were also busy with the chance for students to work with a mentoring coach.