Whet your intellectual appetite with the Friday Morning Continuing Education series, kicking off this fall at University of Houston-Clear Lake. The new series, offered through the university’s School of Human Sciences and Humanities, will be introduced through a mixer to be held 9-11 a.m., Aug. 26, at the university’s Patio Café, Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston.
This addition builds on an already strong list of ongoing educational opportunities provided throughout the university.
From vampires to astronauts, the Civil War to the Amazon, each session in the series will offer a choice of topics featuring fascinating information presented by expert speakers, said Christine Paul, director of the UHCL foreign language program and continuing education programs.
“People want these classes to expand their consciousness and awareness,” said Christine Paul. “We want to build a community of people who establish relationships in an academic framework the Clear Lake area is such a diverse and educated community.”
Membership for the fall series of Friday Morning Continuing Education costs $26 plus an additional $18 course fee for each individual session participants select to attend. In addition to access to the courses and course materials, membership also grants borrowing privileges at Alfred R. Neumann library, discounts at the UHCL bookstore and other benefits designed to enhance the educational experience.
Offerings in the new Friday Morning Continuing Education series are based on responses to surveys about the types of events that community friends want, said Paul. This year will feature a mix of topics and talks, and expects to refine and adjust the program based on attendance and feedback. Of the 256 respondents to a survey distributed about continuing education opportunities in general, Paul said 86 percent wanted continuing education opportunities on campus.
Friday Morning Continuing Education is the latest in continuing education offerings from the university. Earlier this spring, UHCL’s School of Human Sciences and Humanities hosted its first Administrative and Office Professionals Summit, a successful event also coordinated through Paul’s office, and showed office professionals from throughout the Houston area ways for improving communication, efficiency and productivity in the workplace. The summit is already set to be held again in 2017.
Since 1985, the Foreign Language and English Enhancement Program also offered through the School of Human Sciences and Humanities has been successfully providing classes to people wishing to learn a new language or foreign professionals who want to strengthen their English skills.
Other UHCL continuing education opportunities include courses through the Center for Educational Programs offered by the School of Education, which provides extensive professional development for teachers, principals and other educators. The School Business houses the Center for Executive Education, which offers courses and certifications for managers and supply chain professionals as well as numerous examination prep courses.
The annual spring UHCL Physics and Space Science Seminar Series from the School of Science and Computer Engineering features speakers from all over the country discussing current topics in the sciences, and the Cyber Security Institute offers weekend classes for careers in networking and information security. UHCL’s Clear Lake Association of Senior Programs and its “Visions in Our Midst” Distinguished Speaker Series presented through the university’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations also provides lifelong learning opportunities for area residents.
Continuing education is vital to UHCL’s mission and its role in the community, said Paul. The university’s most recent forays in continuing education are the first of many valuable and varied additions.
“The goal is to get people on campus,” said Paul.. “Once they get on campus, they don’t want to leave.”
For a full schedule of upcoming Friday Morning Continuing Education sessions or to register, visit www.uhcl.edu/continuing-education or call 281-283-3033.