Adult Continuing Education
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A collection of articles to guide those who want to continue their education to the right field and the right place to get their courses.
continuing education is a huge and important part of our lives but unfortunately a lot of people don't pursue continuing education and they get satisfied with just the high school diploma and those people are the ones to read this as in the following articles we will show how important continuing education is and how to choose your course or where to get it and a lot of other things
that may interest you if you want to continue your education or even if haven't made your decision yet. And let's start with the difinition of our main subject "continuing education"
(I hope for you to get the benefit you need and to enjoy your reading!!)
1)what is continuing education?
Education is an important part of everyone’s life. Most people study for a limited period of time and then settle for jobs as per their qualification. When it comes to continuing education, there are very few people who give this important factor .a thought Continuing education is all about pursuing post secondary learning activities and programs. There are several degree and non-degree courses available these days for students who want to continue their education for various .reasons
Here are some of the post secondary learning activitis :0available for the aspirants, these days Degree credit courses by non-traditional student Not-degree career training Self-directed learning Experimental learning Workforce training Formal personal enrichment courses
If we talk about continuing education in general terms, it is equivalent to adult education. According to this term, the aspirant already has got education and wants to pursue it for attaining additional knowledge. Literacy, primary ,education language programs and vocational training are not .included here
Continuing education in developed countries like the United States means getting further education from a reputed college or university. This can be either through part time or full time depending upon the student’s will. The program is also known as extension school or university. Enrolling oneself in non-credit granting courses in the US also means continuing education. Community colleges offer these courses in .US
In the year 1904, the University of Wisconsin pioneered academic institution in America. It offered continuing education .program
Professionals can also look forward to continue their education in order to enhance their caliber. Professional continuing education can be defined as a learning process that results in obtaining a certificate by the certificate towards the end of the course. The certificate is a document signifying the attendance of the candidate at a course of instruction. There are several programs dedicated towards providing .knowledge enhancement to professionals
These days, there are several ways to continue education. You can choose to sit at home and continue your studies via an online program. You can also go for education program via part time or full time course. Most people prefer taking help of
distance education when it comes to continuing education. This is because they also want to work while .studying
Deciding to continue education is prudent. One must think of expanding one’s knowledge irrespective of .one’s age or position Today, there is a great need of licensed education. This is because in many fields, the governing bodies prefer license, to .provide a specific line of work
The main goal of these education programs is to provide a new horizon to provide a new horizon to professionals who want to add up to their knowledge and grab new opportunities coming their way. Several institutions and reputed colleges offline .and online provide these courses to the aspirants
Continuing education is no more a rare objective. Students and even professionals look forward to purse new and enhanced
course to add up to the knowledge to their line of work.
2) Continuing Education and a High School Diploma
It happens all the time. A young person drops out of high school, and at first, doesn't regret the decision. But as the years go by and more and more people progress into better paying jobs, this person feels left behind. Continuing education .lets you make up for lost time
Consider these facts. People who do not have a high school diploma are more likely to be unemployed. That's not surprising since many jobs these days require that you've graduated high school. By exploring continuing education options and receiving
your diploma or passing the GED, you'll not only earn .more money, you also will have more job opportunities
So where should you start? Well, if you're only a few classes short of graduating, you can take these classes to make up for what you missed. Many cities and school districts offer continuing education classes that can help you make up missed classes in a very short time. Start by contacting the high school you attended. Get a copy of your transcript and find out what you .need to do in order to receive your diploma
Another option used by many people is the GED. The GED, which stands for General Educational Development, is a five-part test administered to verify that you have high-school level academic skills. The tests include Social Studies, ,Writing Reading, Mathematics, and Science. When many people think of continuing education, they think of the GED. For ,this reason
.you can find many resources to help you pass this test
To prepare for the GED, you can take preparation classes, either online or in person. You also can take telecourses, courses by mail, or use preparation books and videos. The GED has one of the most diverse continuing education offerings, with many .options available in most major cities
If you want to go beyond high school and are curious about continuing education options, some colleges offer programs where you can finish high school while at the same time taking some college classes. Many community colleges offer .these programs Contact your local campus and find out what the .requirements are
When it comes to continuing education choices, you need to decide what works best for you. What can you fit into your
schedule? How best do you learn? You don't want to get discouraged and give up. Many people find it difficult to master some of the material necessary to pass the GED. You many find it is easier to learn this material if you take a traditional face-to-face class with an instructor. Not only will you be able to ask questions, but many people find it is easier to .learn when they are surrounded by other students
The main point of continuing education is to help you have a better, more fulfilled life. To do that, you need to make a commitment to yourself and your future. The opportunities are out there. You just need to make up your mind to go after them.
3) Continuing Education and Your Career
Do you ever feel like your career has stalled out? Do you see other people getting promoted while you're always ?passed by Maybe continuing education can help you jump-start your career. By taking additional courses and investing time and energy in your skills, you can show your employer how serious .you are about your future
One of the wonderful things about continuing education is that everyone can profit from it. Learning additional skills and mastering new knowledge helps everyone. Employees who feel left behind in their careers can especially profit from learning skills that will make them infinitely more "promotable." Upper management often looks at continuing education classes as a .sign that the employee is interested in his or her future
So if you want to get your career moving, consider your continuing education options. First, analyze the state of your career. What goals do you have for yourself? What do you hope to achieve during the next year and the next five years? Is your current employer your dream job or do you hope to develop skills that will enable you to move to the job you really want? What skills and training do you feel you're ?missing
Make a list of what you want to accomplish in your career. Then look at how learning additional skills can help you accomplish these goals. Continuing education encompasses a great many topics. You can learn almost any skill that you need in the workplace by pursuing continuing education .options
If you're comfortable doing so, talk to your manager about continuing education classes. Many companies actively encourage
their employees to learn new skills. Moreover, many companies will pay all or part of the cost of classes. Sit with your manager and decide what classes will most help you .progress in your career
If you would rather not ask your employer about continuing education, then study the training that successful people in your field have. Do they have advanced degrees? If so, then you can return to college. Are their technical skills stronger or more diverse? You can put together a list of the skills .you need to develop
Once you've decided which classes will benefit your career, research your continuing education options. In addition to college classes, you can take many classes online. You'll be able to fit in classes around your busy work schedule. Not only can you find a variety of classes online, you'll also find a variety of prices as well. Look around until you find a
.program that fits your budget
In addition to online classes, many training programs offer DVDs and CDs. Some people use the time while they are stuck in traffic to learn a new skill. Several programs are available on CD that you can listen to while you drive. These programs .can help you with people skills such as public speaking
With a little research, you can find lots of continuing education offerings to help you progress in your career. Take the time necessary to map out a plan, and then make it happen. Your future is in your control. Take charge and find the training you need.
4) Continue Your Education for Nothing!
You have thought about continuing education for awhile-either taking a few classes on web design at the local college or going for the whole shebang and getting a Master’s degree. However, you cannot imagine going for it and putting out the money for the tuition. Let’s face it: costs of continuing education are rising all of the time and it’s hard to keep up .with the costs and face your daily bills
However, if you currently work for a company, there may be a way to get continuing education and get paid for it! It’s called tuition reimbursement and many companies know they must offer it to keep up in their respective industries and .attract (and retain) the best people for their companies
Tuition reimbursement usually involves working for the company for a period of time first: either six months or a year before you’ll qualify. Then, after you meet their initial qualifications, you can be reimbursed for the classes you take .to advance your knowledge for your company
For example, if you currently work in the marketing field, you can take classes in graphic design or get a Master’s of Business Administration and your company will recognize that the knowledge you have gained in this position will transfer
to your daily work. Then, once you complete the coursework with the satisfactory grades (usually an A or B,) they will cut you a check to pay for the tuition and .books for the course or courses
However, if you work in the nursing field, it is highly unlikely that your employer will reimburse you for taking web design courses or art classes unless it somehow fits in with your job. They want to get the benefit from paying for you to go to school. Web design or marketing classes do not really fit in with your role as a nurse. But if you take courses to receive your Registered Nurse designation, they .would most definitely want to pay for that
The best part of tuition reimbursement? The knowledge you gain from pursuing it. You can take the courses and get the education and help your current employer all while getting paid to do your current job. However, if for whatever reason
you decide to move on, they can’t take the knowledge you gained from those courses away from you. You can take that to your next job and receive a higher salary or position all the while knowing you received the extra education for .free
Talk to your Human Resources director about the continuing education options at your company. He or she will be able to clue you in the rules and let you know what the process is to getting reimbursed for your costs. All companies have .different sorts of policies when it comes to that
Take the bull by the horns and get some continuing education for free with tuition reimbursement. You brain, your future and your employer will most definitely thank you.
5) Break Through the Glass Ceiling with Continuing Education
In today’s corporate world, you either have the goods or you don’t. You have Bachelor’s degree (or two) from a fine institution and were always told that it was the key to your success. However, times are changing and the majority of your colleagues have a Bachelor’s degree. When it comes time for that promotion, how will you set yourself apart ?from the pack
You can set yourself apart from your colleagues with continuing education. Continuing education is any sort of learning that helps you advance and learn more than you did previously. This could be something as simple as taking a few courses at your local college to advance your computer skills to .going for a Master’s degree in your field
You may be wondering if it will be worth the extra costs to pursue continuing education. In the end it will. Let’s say you spend upwards of $10,000 on an advanced degree or continuing education certificate program. That’s $10,000 that you couldn’t spend on something else. However, if your company has a tuition reimbursement program that money can be given back to you and you would have a leg up on a raise and promotion. Or, it they don’t have a program, you could still pay for it out of your own pocket and be more likely get that raise and promotion. That raise could be enough to cover the costs of your tuition in just a few months. Then you’d be more likely for future raises and promotions that you wouldn’t have been considered .for earlier
If you are a woman, it also helps you prove that you are better for a promotion than a male counterpart. Women still make
less on average than men. If you are vying with a man for the same position, it is hard to make the case of why you are better for the job. But, if you have some continuing education under your belt, it makes it easier to prove. And you’d .probably end up with the bigger salary too
Continuing education also shows that you are committed to increasing your skill set. Your ambition will shine through along with the added knowledge you receive from the courses. That is very appealing to executives looking for people to fill the .upper ranks at companies
It is easy to see why you should take the plunge and go with continuing education. You advance your skill set, gain confidence and show how ambitious you really are. You also show your superiors how willing you are to take on new .challenges without being told to do so
So, take the plunge and break through that glass ceiling. Start your research today on continuing education opportunities and begin to advance your career in ways that you never thought possible. Who knows, by the end of your career, you could be the CEO! That would not have been possible without finding a way to have continuing education .
6) Considering Continuing Education? Bachelor's Degrees Fast Becoming The New High School Diploma
When you were younger, the emphasis was always on going to a four year college or university and earning that Bachelor’s
degree in your chosen field. That was your ticket, they said, to getting a good job and making a good salary along with that .good job
Bachelor’s degrees are still important, but are becoming more and more common as record numbers of students decide to pursue their continuing education opportunities. You definitely need one to get any sort of good job (most of the time) but the really good job opportunities go to those who take the time to .pursue continuing education past the Bachelor’s degree
Workers who earn a Master’s degree or higher will earn an average of six times more than someone who only receive a High School diploma. People in high level executive and CEO positions in companies usually all have some sort of advanced degree .like a Master’s of Science or an MBA
Many hiring managers will automatically be drawn to those people who have more continuing education on their résumés than those people who only have a Bachelor’s because they know it takes ambition and commitment to pursue continuing education like this. You will be able to command a higher salary, better benefits and job responsibilities if you have a Master’s degree or higher. This can be especially helpful for women who have traditionally been looked over for positions that have .gone to men in the past
So yes, it is definitely safe to assume and say that Bachelor’s Degrees are the new version of the High School Diploma. You need one to get a decent job that pays okay. However, the Master’s degree is the new Bachelor’s degree. If you have one of those, you are more likely to get the promotions and the .money that comes along with it
This said, there are many Master’s programs that will allow you to keep working in your current position while taking classes. Students of the past had to drop out of the working world in order to get their degrees and this .meant lost wages That is why many people didn’t choose to earn Master’s degrees unless they started on them directly after graduating with a .Bachelor’s
Colleges then realized they could have a ton more students if they would simply offer more flexible .programs and classes Now, you can take classes anywhere in the world and turn in your homework each day with the other .students in your class Or, if online classes are not your thing, you can find Master’s degree programs where you can take your classes after work in the evenings or on the weekends. An Executive MBA program is even designed to meet the demands of busy .professionals
These Executive MBA programs continue to be a popular .choice for workers across the world
There really are no limits to what you do when you .pursue continuing education and a Master’s degree Your overall life improves and of course, you can make more money.
7) How to Find Online Continuing Education Courses – It Is Easier Than You Think!
You have decided to take the plunge and pursue continuing education to get ahead in the job field. You have weighed the pros and cons in your head over and over again and have decided that you want to break through the proverbial glass ceiling and take your career to heights you never thought .possible
The problem? You cannot afford to take the time off from your work and family obligations to pursue your continuing education dreams. Classes at night are usually several hours long .and you cannot take classes during the day
Colleges have heard your complaints and are beginning to offer degree programs for all types of life situations, including online continuing education programs. These programs are just like any other type of educational program and many are even accredited by the same accreditation boards that .accredit more traditional degree programs
There are two types of online degree programs: continuing education programs from traditional colleges and universities to those that solely conduct their academic programs online. It is up to you to research the programs that interest you and learn if they are really into it to educate you or if they are just trying to take advantage of students interested in learning. Sadly, there are those types of people out in the world today looking to make a buck from your dreams. Make sure that does not happen to you and research your options before your make a commitment to the continuing education program with .your hard earned dollars and cents
You can find these programs by simply searching on your favorite search engine. A recent search on Google netted over 100 web pages dedicated to online degree programs and information to help students make decisions on these programs. There is
no shortage of information out there for you, it is .finding the legitimate ones that takes a bit of work
When you find a program that fits your interests, you should first check if they are accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation board. If the are, proceed. If they are not, well, move on. Your credits would not be worth much more than a piece of paper. Actually, the piece of paper may be .worth more
Once you find an accredited program, search the web to find information on student experiences. Look for the good, the bad and the ugly to help you make your choice. You can also look at the Better Business Bureau to see their reports on the .college
Lastly, before you proceed with the program, speak to someone about the college, preferably on the phone. If they are not
willing to speak to you on the phone regarding your .interests, be wary of them
It may take a lot of leg work for you to find the continuing education program of your dreams. But in the end, you will find that all of the work and stress that comes along with choosing an online program is worth it in the end.
8) Help Your Child Build Skills During the Summer Months with Continuing Education
Summer is fully underway and your school-aged child is busy with his daily regimen of playing video games and eating chips all day while you go to work. Hard life huh? Well, you do not have to let your child simply sit around the house all summer
and forget all of the important facts he learned during .the previous school year
You can enroll your child in on of the countless continuing education programs out there today for young children and help him mold his brain while school is out of session. He may be upset with you for making him go to school while his friends are out playing, but he will thank you later on for how .ahead it put him in the education game
Many churches offer summer bible camps that allow students the opportunity for continuing education on ,their religion. Or there are also countless summer camps that you can enroll your child in to give them the opportunity to learn more about building important life skills while meeting and .reconnecting with kids his own age
You are also sure to find continuing education programs put on by the local school districts, art centers, science centers or language programs. For example, you could enroll your child in an intensive Spanish language course to help him learn .the language before taking the class this fall in school
If your child is a budding artist, enroll him in a continuing education art class where he can hone his inner Van Gogh and channel his energy into something other than video games and candy. Better yet, if your child thinks he is ,the next Einstein enroll him in a chemistry continuing education class where he can practice the latest experiments under the close supervision .of a real life scientist
The opportunities to engage your child in education and positive activities during the summer is endless, as long as your
child is a willing participant. If he is adamant that he does not want to participate in anything that does not involve sitting on the couch or lounging by the pool, let him know that his choices now will affect everything in his :future life from his future allowance increases to the colleges he .can choose from in the future
He may not react to the college part now, depending on his age, but he will most likely recognize the importance of his decisions when his allowance is involved! You can use this as a powerful bargaining chip when discussing summer continuing .education options
This will pay off for you in the future. Your child will no doubt come to you one day and thank you for the extra push you gave him on his educational path. He will understand how important it was when he realizes how far ahead of his peers he is
and how many more options he will have in his life resulting from the summer continuing education classes .he had to take
So pull him off the couch and into the world of education!
9) Continuing Education for the Public Relations Professional
If you are employed, or are a student, in the public relations field, you are familiar with the trials and tribulations that go along with the job. You are the first department to be cut when company budgets are slashed and you rarely get the .salaries you deserve
Contrary to most company’s beliefs, public relations serve a vital function in vibrant companies. Public relations professionals are the spokespeople for their companies and can make the difference in whether the company comes through unscathed during a crisis or whether the company suffers from permanent .setbacks
Unfortunately, most companies give the title of Public Relations to junior staff members who have no idea how to interact with the media and can make a company look amateur without trying. True public relations professionals go through a vigorous continuing education program including earning advanced degrees and becoming accredited in public .relations
Accreditation in public relations is a designation that signifies that a public relations professional is indeed a professional
in the field and is able to take on any crisis that comes along. To earn accreditation, a public relations professional must have significant experience in the public relations field, have a portfolio of past work, take a comprehensive exam about the history of public relations and have an interview with accredited public relations professionals that critique each .answer
When the public relations professional earns the accreditation designation, their work is far from over. They must adhere to a person and professional code of ethics along with completing a certain amount of continuing education .courses per year If they fail to do any part of this, the public relations professional can expect to lose their status and have the reputation of their company and professionalism questioned for a .long time to come
If you are in the public relations field now, continue to gain experience and eventually look in to accreditation and continuing education to advance your experience and knowledge in the field. You will continue to raise the status of public relations in the corporate world and earn yourself .respect in the process
If you are accredited, you can also expect to command a higher salary at your future positions than if you were .not accredited This is more than worth it to some professionals who want to make more money in their field without pursuing a Master’s .degree
And if you are one of those people who do not believe that public relations serves a vital function in a company, take a moment to pursue some continuing education on the subject. You will be guaranteed to find that it takes a dedicated and
ambitious person to pursue this career and your company would not be as great as it is without your marketing and public .relations department
The moral of the story? Continuing education is important in any field, but especially in such a professional field like public relations. It keeps just anyone from claiming to be a public relations professional .
10) Continuing Education and Languages, Learn in your Spare Time!
You are taking the plunge and are planning the trip of a lifetime across South America. You plan to visit each country for
an extended period of time and see the sights and sounds like that of a local. One problem. And it is a big one: you cannot speak Spanish and know you will need to know at least a little bit before you .go
Thankfully, you still have several months before your trip starts, so you can try to learn some Spanish before heading on your trip. However, you are not sure how to go about learning the language. You see the advertisements on televisions for the books and CD-ROM sets that claim to teach you the .language in just a few days. You are more than skeptical
Instead, you decide that taking a course with a native speaker would probably be the best bet. But where can you find these types of courses without enrolling in an actual Spanish language degree program? You are most likely to find programs like
this for people just like you in continuing education .programs
Continuing education programs that have language courses are more tailored to the adult learner who wants to learn the practical part of the language. The people who take these classes are more than likely using it for business purposes or for recreational purposes. They need to know the phrases and need to practice conversation. Continuing education classes .like this are great for that
How can you find continuing education courses where you can learn all the important parts of the language in the shortest amount of time? Well, most colleges and universities offer language courses for adult learners that do not involve enrolling in a degree program. To find out more about these types of courses, call your local college and university and speak to an enrollment specialist
about the registration process, the class times and what .you can expect to learn in the class
Most times, these classes are led by native speakers who can provide the much needed practice to perfect your accent and comprehension of the language. These courses are usually offered in a beginner, intermediate and advanced level that allows people to learn at their own pace. Students can also retake courses if they choose to perfect something they did not feel .like they mastered previously
Some colleges and universities also offer courses in other languages like Arabic, French, Italian and German, mostly depending on what part of the country you live in and your interests. Arabic language courses have increased in popularity in the years since 9/11 and will most likely continue to rise in popularity as refugees continue to come to this .country
On the flip side, continuing education courses are also offered to non-English speakers who have recently come to this country. These immigrants want to learn the language and continuing education courses like this provide the best format .for them to do so
So say “hola” to continuing education and learn enough Spanish to spend your vacation like a local.
I hope I managed to give you even one new information to help you through your career and your whole life ..trust me and just try it you'll be surprised by its effect on your life and for the better of course …that was it Thanks for reading!!
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