Extended learning options abound in Lake County – News

From adding a skill in a chosen field to learning a new career to taking a class out of interest, there are many local opportunities for extended learning.
Auburn Career Center provides technical training to those interested in a new career, or people who want to learn new skills in their chosen field.
Were trying to meet area workforce development needs, Superintendent Margaret Lynch said.
In addition to classes in high-demand fields like machining and nursing, the center offers career counseling for people unsure what suits them.
You hear so many times people saying, I dont know what I want to do, or I dont know what Id be good at, Lynch said. We dont want people to invest in a career if it isnt something they want to do.
Because they limit classes to 20 students, there is often a waiting list for popular courses. One example of this is the welding class; to meet demand, the career center is opening a Saturday unit.
Some classes are offered as shorter and more specific modules, while others are longer, complete courses. The courses are for people learning a new career, while modules allow workers to augment skills they already have and position themselves for promotions or advancement in their field.
The career center stresses hands-on experience and technical internships in their adult workforce education.
Students need to really be able to practice their skills, Lynch said. We try to give students individual training.
To register for classes at the career center, students can call 440-357-7542 or visit www.auburncc.org.
Meanwhile, patrons of some local libraries can enroll in no-cost online classes through Cengage Learnings Learn4Life program.
Formerly called ed2go, Learn4Life offers more than 300 classes patrons can take from the comforts of their own homes.
Every course runs for a six week period and has twelve lessons, with each lesson representing two hours of instruction.
Classes are offered in a wide variety of fields, including accounting, business, technology, law, health care, and writing. Classes on Microsoft Excel, accounting fundamentals, a writers workshop, and a course on programming language SQL appear under the Popular tab of the Learn4Life catalog; new courses start about once per month.
Though there is no college credit available, participants who finish courses are able to download a certificate of completion.
Mentor Public Library, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, and Painesvilles Morley Library are local libraries that offer the Learn4Life database with a library card.
The Center for Lifelong Learning at Lakeland Community College offers classes for all ages with the schools Workforce Development and Continuing Education program, which offers more than 300 non-credit courses for people interested in furthering their education.
Some classes are for professional development, while others are taken for personal enrichment.
Lakeland also offers classes for youth, including gymnastics classes, reading skills classes, and test prep courses. Theres even a Monday night Elementary Magic course for students in grades 4-6.
From Origami Level IV: Origami Quilts, to Phenomenal Abdominals, Lakelands Continuing Education course offerings are an eclectic blend, sculpting mind and body.
Some programs are discrete events, taking place on a single day, while others are daily or weekly courses.
Some technology classes can also be taken online.
Lakeland offers a program for people ages 60 and older to audit classes without paying application or instructional fees. Auditing means that completing the class does not earn college credit, and there is no obligation to complete coursework.

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