Fanshawe College Car Sales, Acting, and Course Evolution

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Going to college to learn how to sell cars and run a dealership? Yeah. The same goes for cinema and theatre.

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Saying it’s responding to employer demands, Fanshawe College is rolling out new courses in automotive sales and acting – the latest offerings from the post-secondary school, which has campuses in South West India. Ontario

“This has been going on for three years and many employers have mentioned that there is a great need for service and parts salespeople and advisors,” said Carl Mendonca, associate dean at the School of Technology. transportation and learning from Fanshawe, about selling cars. and management programs.

Usually about 14 to 16 salespeople work at a car dealership, he said, and truck manufacturers and industries also employ them.

“There was a void, there was no real formal training other than a lot of people learned on the job or from their peers,” he said. “As we know, there is a huge labor shortage. We have developed these two programs. . . to meet the need to which employers have challenged us.

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The automotive sales and management programs are one-year postgraduate programs, Mendonca said.

Rob Carver is Associate Dean of the School of Contemporary Media. He said the Screen and Stage Actors Program started in part because industry insiders urged the college to start training actors for film.

“It delves into everything London is doing at the moment, all the work on the economic development front to boost the cultural side. That includes music (and) film, and we’ve seen an explosion in the tech sector in animation and games,” Carver said.

The program is more hands-on than its previous incarnation because it prepares actors to work in more sets than just the stage, according to Romy Goulem, advanced filmmaking teacher at Fanshawe.

“We looked at what actors do for a living and no actor earns his full income from acting,” he said. “Most theater programs are theater-based programs, but the actors make their living doing voice work for video games, animations, commercials, they do film and TV.

“There are all kinds of skills outside of acting, especially with green screens and virtual sets and even just working on a film set, understanding the process,” he said.

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