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UA Outreach College Launches New Continuing Education Offerings

With a mission to meet the continual learning needs of adults in a changing economy, the UA Outreach College announces a fresh new approach to continuing education with dynamic non-credit offerings for adult learners.  More than 150 new Continuing Education and Professional Development offerings can now be found on the Outreach College website.


“This is just the beginning, “explains Dr. Rita Martinez-Purson, Assistant Dean at the Outreach College.  “We are launching a new division of continuing education, recognizing that the demand for quality non-credit programs is growing.  There are some important drivers of this demand.  Business, industry, non-profits and government agencies are expressing the need for new skill sets in an economy that requires top-notch, up-to-date knowledge.   Because baby boomers are retiring at increasing rates, we are called to fill the education gap as younger workers get up to speed.  College degrees are more important than ever in this economy, but non-credit certificate programs provide access to training programs to enable employees to stay on top of job demands, and qualify for new jobs.  As a whole, our information age economy requires post-secondary credentials with labor market value and we aim to provide relevant, quality, affordable offerings that fit into the busy schedule of the adult learner.”


The initial program launch in the business and professional categories includes computer and information technology programs, business and management workshops, and language, writing and communications classes.   Non-credit Certificate programs, including Visio, Access, Excel, Export Compliance Officer Certification, advanced certifications for the Fitness Professional, as well as a number of online certifications for specialized areas of business and industry are also offered. The Fall 2013 offerings began on September 5, with classes starting as late as early December.  Professional classes and workshops are priced as low as $79. 


Also in the Fall 2013 catalog are a selection of Personal Enrichment programs, many of which are taught by University of Arizona faculty.  In addition, the Outreach College is bringing in the expertise of the broader community.   Courses are priced as low as $39, with most offerings being priced under $100. The new Fall offerings include:  Hiking and Science, Archaeology of Tucson, Sonoran Desert Ethnobiology, Phoenix Museum and Scottsdale Gallery Tour and Investor Boot Camp.  Other skills-building classes include:  Digital Photography, Nature Writing, Writing Survival Skills, Publishing Boot Camp, Flash Fiction, The Art of Memoir, Spanish Levels I and 2, and Italian for Travelers.



To learn more about these offerings, and hear about the plans for the future at the UA Outreach College, call 520-621-7724 or visit the fall catalog