Continuing education opportunities

What colleges and universities in Delaware can offer you
August 31, 2011
Fall means back to school for millions of people young and not-so-young. Just because you've got a job and maybe even multiple degrees doesn't mean there isn't an educational opportunity for you, too. The colleges and universities in Delaware offer many continuing education, certificate and advanced degree programs.
Delaware Technical & Community College, for example, has a whole Corporate and Community Programs Division at each of the three campuses with a separate catalog of courses that do not require going through the college registration process. 
Dr. Michael Owens is director of the program at the Owens Campus in Georgetown. "That's the uniqueness of the Corporate and Community Program," he said, "there's no application process. You can register for all courses on line or walk-in." You can view the whole catalog for the Georgetown campus online at www.dtcc.edu/owens/ccp or pick up a free hard copy.
 "The only real requirement we have is that some of the courses may have a prerequisite, which is clearly marked, especially in the medical field."
With Department of Labor statistics showing the health field as one of the growing occupations in Sussex County, Del Tech offers a number of health-related courses. There's a CNA certification program for people who want to sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant exam. There are courses for medical office assistants, medical terminology courses and even — because of a shortage of pharmacy techs who help pharmacists fill prescriptions and serve customers — a growing pharmacy tech program.
"A big portion of the courses are devoted to job skills and programming which prepares citizens for new jobs, an opportunity to re-enter the work force or to enhance job skills. We have programs that run the whole gamut," Owens said.
Courses in technology run from basic computer skills to specific instruction in how to use various software programs.
"We are excited to offer for the first time a fiber optics certification for individuals looking for a job in telecommunications with cable or telephone companies," Owens continued. "Fiber optics is becoming a growing field. It's the wave of the future in terms of where these companies are going because data can be transmitted so much quicker."
Del Tech tries to look at where growth areas are or where gaps in training are not provided and develops courses to fill those niches, Owens said. 
"One thing we do is a contract training component at the Owens Campus. Any business or industry that has a specific need for onsite training, we will work closely with them to develop that training and bring in our own trainers or outside trainers — whatever it takes to make business and industry in Sussex County be more successful and run more efficiently."
Delaware State University in Dover offers undergraduate courses in hospitality and tourism management, which are very important in this region, said Carlos Holmes, director of News Services. A quick check of DSU's website shows a department of Adult & Continuing Education, including non-credit courses and online courses in professional development. Want to learn to fly? There's a 45-hour Private Pilot Certification Course which started Sept. 1, but may be repeated. A new Pharmacy Tecnician Course begins this month also.
Prepare for graduate entrance exams or learn IT essentials, strategic planning and development, or take a course in Quality Service Etiquette for the Business Professional — the course starts in April.
DSU also has an internationally known College of Business which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in addition to traditional business programs in management accounting and business economics.
Check out what's available at www.desu.edu.
A lot of people turn to the University of Delaware to finish their degree or get a second degree, said Tara Kee, marketing manager for professional and continuing studies. There are a wide range of courses and undergraduate and graduate, even doctoral degrees that meet the need of business people.
"Also Professional and Continuing Studies offers a range of noncredit certificate or career development programs lasting from four months to a year," Kee continued. "These are in specific areas such as those for business analyst, clinical trials management, health care risk management, Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Management (quality improvement), paralegal, project management and strategic human capital management (human relations). These tend to be for people already working who want to advance or to change jobs, or enter a second career."
She added that a wide variety of classes are available online for students for whom travel to one of the campuses is inconvenient.
The university also offers customized training for businesses or organizations. "We do a needs assessment then tailor a program specific to your workplace," Kee said. Topics that might be address include strategic leadership, change management, financial decision making, team building, process improvement or business communications. "We can do classes on-site or off-site," she added. Kee can be reached at (302) 831-1178.
Wilmington University offers undergraduate and graduate (and four doctoral) degrees at locations in Delaware and Southern New Jersey. It also now offers fully accredited online degrees. There are six colleges: arts and sciences, behavioral and social sciences, business, education, health sciences, and technology.
It is possible to take just one or two courses by just registering, not going through the whole enrollment process. One merely needs to choose the designation "non-degree candidate," said Richard Gochnauer, assistant vice president of academic affairs.
There are online certificate programs in Applied Technology in Education, Human Resource Management, Legal Nurse Consultant and Training & Staff Development.
Gochnauer warned that when accessing the website, one should be sure to get the university in Delaware, not Ohio. The web address is simply wilmu.edu.
 
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