Continuing & Community Education begins its second year
ne year after its launch, St. Catharine College’s Continu- ing and Community Education program is ready to enter its second year. As registration opens for the Spring 2012 session, the program’s director, Sr. Barbara Rapp, is optimis- tic about the future. “We’ve learned so much in the first year of the Continuing and Com- munity Education program,” said Rapp. “Many people in our com- munity, from younger students up to senior citizens, are eager to learn new things, stretching them beyond what they thought they could do. That, in essence, is what St. Catharine is all about – expanding one’s knowledge and furthering education.” There is a wide variety to the
courses offered, from hobbies, arts and crafts, to professional training and services.
Rapp added, “We try to offer something for everybody. Not every- one wants something intense, so we offer casual courses for people who just want to learn a new hobby and so forth. We are often surprised by the classes that attract the most partici- pants. Classes in cake decorating and digital photography are usually the first to fill up.”
The short, accelerated classes allow students to get hands-on experience right from the start. One example is the radio broadcasting course which allows students to enter and work in a profes-
The Continuing and Community Education program at St. Catharine College is beginning its second year of classes this Spring.
sional broadcasting studio in the very first week.
“People learn better when they can be hands-on and experience the learning process up close,” Rapp said. “Learning from a book is good, but it takes on a whole different meaning when you create something yourself.” While some courses may be more popular than others, Sr. Barbara said it is really up to the community to deter- mine what classes are offered. “We are always looking for new ideas for classes and different instruc- tors from the community,” she said.
“Let us know if you have any sug- gestions for classes or if you know of instructors who might be willing to teach in our programs.”
Continuing and Community Educa- tion through St. Catharine College is currently offered at three main loca- tions - the SCC Campus in Springfield, Centre Square in Lebanon and Spald- ing Hall in Bardstown. Some classes are taught on-location, such as Radio and Sports Broadcasting at the MIKE- FM studio in Lebanon •
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