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Continuing Education Course

Continuing Education Course

Choosing a Continuing Education Course

There are thousands of continuing education course topics; perhaps you've always wanted to indulge your artistic side; then sign up for an oil painting course. Are you a fan of Frank Sinatra? Stanford offers 'Why Sinatra Matters.' Relive your youth with the University of Vermont's 'The Sixties' and if you've recently unearthed bag pipes in the attic, why not try 'Scottish Family History Research' with Brigham Young?

Many people find that once they finish with high school or college, their formal education is over for life. But as Abigail Adams once said, "Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." Today, ardor and diligence are replaced by convenience and ease; it's so simple to sign up for a continuing education course that anyone can keep learning.


Courses are available at local universities and in community centers. Many schools even offer distance and online continuing education courses so you don't have to leave the comfort of your own home. You can sign up for a training session, a full university course, a workshop, seminar or learning weekend; there are a number of options. A continuing education course is relatively inexpensive, ranging in price from $25 for a workshop to $300 for one full college credit.

Such courses attract an assortment of students for a variety of reasons:

  • High school students take continuing education courses to earn early college credit. Some take courses that cover learning material not offered in their high school.
  • College students, even those enrolled in school, take the courses for credit to help meet graduation requirements. Some sign up to lighten a heavy course load for the rest of the year; others take courses to accelerate through their program.
  • People in the community often take advantage of continuing education course programs offered by local universities to satisfy a personal goal or just learn something new.
  • Business professionals encourage career advancement in their field by taking the occasional continuing education course. Many businesses, especially technology companies, will sponsor professionals who register for courses. These can include seminars, long learning weekends and programs designed specifically for a corporation.
  • Medical professionals and those who work in social services are often required to take a certain number of course hours to maintain and/or renew their licensing.
  • College faculty and staff often receive tuition discounts if they take a continuing education course in their spare time.