Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Schedule Posted: IUPUI Community Learning Network

The IUPUI Community Learning Network has posted its fall calendar. I've taken a quick glance, and the network seems to be continuing its emphasis on employment. There are several classes each in both the Career Decisions and Job Search categories, including a new online "Setting Your Career Direction" course.

There are also several new classes on the business of motor sports, including "Race Team Management." And, as usual, there are plenty of professional development courses in computers, medical and life sciences, massage therapy, business and the like.

Now, don't get me wrong. Times are tough, and job seekers need all the help they can get. But for me, continuing education has always been a fun sort of escape. Sure, I could improve my networking skills, but I'd rather arrange flowers or string beads.

So, my focus is the Language, Arts & Culture and Life Skills categories. Here I find a plethora of language courses; the floral design, photography and interior design certificate programs; and lots of random, fun classes, like belly-dancing and blues harmonica.

If you need the job-search classes, by all means, take them. Otherwise, take a break from the economic gloom with a heart-pounding zumba class.

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