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Taking on a new learning challenge

Having left school early and with a keen desire to take on a new learning challenge, Krichelle Giles set out to find an education provider that could meet her learning needs. Following a search online, Krichelle came across eCampus NZ and she was immediately attracted to their flexible online learning. Krichelle needed to continue working fulltime while learning and eCampus NZ offered the ideal solution.

As a Bar Tender and with a passion for the hospitality industry, Krichelle has dreams of one day owning and operating a bar. With this in mind, Krichelle enrolled for and is completing the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4). She sees this as an important first step towards achieving her goal.

“I’ve learnt a lot already, from SWOT analysis to KPIs and I now understand the ins and outs of how a business operates behind the scenes. Following the course, I intend to get my Bar Manager’s Certificate and once I get the finances together, I will implement my small business plan and get started,” says Krichelle.

Krichelle says the eCampus NZ portal is easy to manage and she can readily find all the information needed. She says without a doubt she prefers the online environment more than face-to-face learning. She normally studies in the morning and after work and has found it manageable juggling the two demands of career and learning.

Krichelle says the support provided from eCampus NZ has also been a big plus.

“There have been a few times that I have been frustrated, not about areas of the online course or the assessments, but other issues. During those times my facilitator has been amazing. She has helped me through all of it and provided a lot of support to keep up the momentum.”

Krichelle says she would recommend eCampus NZ to others and has in fact already done just that to several colleagues. Another huge bonus for Krichelle has been the ability to access fees free as a first time tertiary student, making the study more affordable.

Krichelle advice to others thinking about studying, “Just do it! It’s worth it in the long run.”

Important information for new learners

eCampus NZ as a business unit of Open Polytechnic, is now part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

Therefore, the deadline for new enrolments on the eCampus NZ platform is 1 December 2022, with study needing to be started in 2022.

From 1 January 2023, eCampus NZ will no longer enrol new learners into study plans delivered on the eCampus NZ learning platform.

However, all courses/programmes will still be available for online study through Open Polytechnic - Te Pūkenga.

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