The idea behind continuing education is to further learning, though there are few specifics about the exact definition of what constitutes continuing education. Everything from advanced learning programs for accomplished professionals to kid-friendly introductory classes fall within this category. More and more of these learning opportunities are popping up in areas, both rural and urban, from coast to coast. It looks like people of all ages and backgrounds are eager to learn, and many organizations, groups, and schools are stepping up to meet the demand.
One specific area of continuing education is designed to offer adults an opportunity to learn new skills, either within their field or in another industry they’re interested in. Individuals who have had difficulties finding work or advancing in their career, or who learned skills many years ago and need updated training, frequently sign up for non-credit bearing classes at community colleges, local universities, and other educational institutions. In some cases, students have the opportunity to earn a certificate, so they can demonstrate their accomplishments in the classroom to potential employers or to their current employer in an effort to advance in the workplace.
A different area of continuing education employs a much more casual approach. Community centers and even high schools offer low-cost instructional classes on a wide variety of subjects, including everything from small business management to tax preparation skills. They even offer workshops or ongoing classes focused on mental and physical well-being, covering topics like meditation, Pilates, and back pain management. These same organizations offer classes that encourage family bonding, such as parent-child Italian lessons or yoga classes.