Other ACS Sites
OTHER ACS WEB SITES
Australian Correspondence Schools
Main Site servicing Australia, Asia and the Pacific, contains information across many disciplines beyond horticulture.
ACS Distance Education (U.K. Site)
Main Site servicing the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, for information beyond horticulture.
ACS Online Courses
Almost 400 different courses available for online study.
ACS Distance Education (Global Site)
Through this site we service the whole world.
Hundreds of pages of free information, a searchable plant directory, new product reviews and articles and more.
Lots of free advice and information on careers. Career profiles for horticulture, Landscaping and others.
Mail order books, videos and e books. Special offers, book reviews and more.
Hundreds of plant, landscape, and other photos to look at. Stock articles -gardening and more. A good resource for plant identification, and for publishers and people in the graphics industry, photos downloads can be purchased.
Australian Correspondence Schools incorp. Australian Horticultural Correspondence School
Established in 1979 by well known garden author, editor, nurseryman, landscape designer, John Mason. The college offers 150 different garden and horticulture courses, for general interest, careers, professional or job development.
Looking For an alternative to University, Vocational College or a Career Certificate?
University, Vocational and College education hasn't really changed that much in decades. In fact, the concepts and conventions we follow today are much the same as when universities and colleges started, -in some cases hundreds of years ago.
- The world has changed though!
- Our needs have changed too.
- We need a totally fresh and unbiased approach to education.
Quote: The world is changing faster than ever in our history. We need to evolve a new appreciation of the importance of nurturing human talent, along with an understanding of how talent expresses itself differently in every individual. We need to create an environment -in our schools, in our workplaces and in our public offices -where every person is inspired to grow creatively.
Sir Ken Robinson (Author of "The Element" , Penguin Books 2009)
WHAT IS WRONG WITH UNI'S & VOCATIONAL COLLEGES?
- Often they take a long time from identifying the need for a course before they start running it. Many courses are designed to cater for needs that were identified a long time ago.
- Many institutions have become top heavy, or so heavily focused on politics, finance, and compliance (ie. satisfying audits & bureaucrats), that actual learning is put in second place.
- Studies are too often focused on passing exams rather than building creativity, passion and a capacity to thrive within a discipline, and ultimately an industry.
- Over the past few decades the content of many qualifications hgas been reduced, and courses shortened. This has led to more graduates for each dollar spent on education....but one must ask, at what price?
One must ask...."If accredited education from established institutions is so good: why does it need to be promoted as being good?"
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES
There are alternatives outside of the mainstream.
Colleges in the ACS Network provide alternatives that tend toward the philosophies outlined above:
Health Academy Australia (incorporating Medical Pages)
Warnborough College ( U.K. & Ireland)
The Garden Design Academy
Go Ed College
Education & Training Academy
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