Enrollment for Fall 2012 Continuing Education Now Open

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With an opportunity to learn something new every day, District 211 offers Continuing Education courses to community members and individuals who are 18 years or older. The Continuing Education course catalog, which is available online for fall 2012, offers a wide-range of courses that cater to individual’s interests and skill-building needs. Course topics range from foreign language, home improvement, fitness, personal enrichment, cooking, and more.

“Continuing education provides learning opportunities for community members to learn something new,” said Charles Chamberlain, director of summer school, evening programs, and continuing education in District 211. “Our goal is to provide the community with affordable, flexible, life-long learning opportunities.”

The courses are offered for a relatively low cost. Although the District advertises to community members, anyone can enroll in a continuing education course. Senior Citizens — over the age of 62 — also can apply for a District 211 Gold Card that allows them to receive discounted course fees.

Continuing education has been available to community members for more than 50 years, and continues to grow. Each year, there are different courses available, with several different sections to accommodate different schedules. Courses not only provide learning opportunities to the community, but also different teaching opportunities for District 211 teachers. Some can teach courses that they specialize in and in a classroom environment that is different from teaching high school students.

“What’s great about continuing education courses from a teaching perspective is that everyone in the course shares the same interest, and they are there because they want to enhance skills in a particular subject,” Chamberlain said. “It’s also an opportunity capitalize on utilization of building spaces and the District’s numerous resources because if we have them, we should use them.”

Chamberlain said these courses are great opportunities to take advantage of whether you need to enhance Spanish, or are interested in exploring an already existing hobby. If interested in enrolling in a course, individuals can sign up online, using mail, fax, phone, or in person. To access the course catalog, click here.

District 211 is always looking for course suggestions and individuals who would like to apply to teach a course. For more information, contact the Continuing Education department by calling (847) 755-6820.