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slides: Rhode Island’s Continuing Education Programs Gear Up For Fall

Monday, August 12, 2013


As more Rhode Islanders seek new skills, certificates and degrees, the market for Continuing Ed is expanding to younger adults as well, according to URI.

It's back to school season, and that's not just for the kids. For thousands of Rhode Islanders, fall brings the chance go "back to school" at Continuing Education programs at numerous Rhode Island colleges and universities.

According to experts, that audience is expanding as Rhode Islanders look for new skills, certificates and degrees to fuel new employment opportunities. Further, younger adults are seeking Continuing Education as well. "While we still serve the adult student attending part-time, usually while employed, the overall age of our students has declined from 39 to 29, as more younger people are working the Providence area," said Kathryn Quina, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Feinstein College of Continuing Education and Professor of Psychology & Women's Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

According to Quina, URI's advisors have reported increased numbers of adult students "seeking to retool or retrain" as a result of the ongoing economic recession. "Very recently several students have come for further education after displacement by the sequester," Quina said.  

Numerous colleges in Rhode Island are also seeing their online courses increasing in popularity. Johnson & Wales plans to add 7 new courses online for 2014, and will be adding 4-6 more online courses per year through 2017. The university also has plans to offer an online MBA program.

"A lot of students like the online option," according to Jamie Scurry, Interim Dean at Roger Williams University's School of Continuing Education, citing online learning's flexibility and how it affords students of all ages "to engage on different levels." Scurry added that all of RWU's CE offerings are available online. 

To get a taste of what's exciting this fall at several prominent Rhode Island colleges and universities with Continuing Education programs, see the slides, below: 

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University of Rhode Island Continuing Education

What's exciting for Fall 2013:

Finish What You Started program incorporates the academic support, credit for prior college-level learning, and flexible course schedules offered through the College of Continuing Education, along with special scholarships for FWYS students.

One-year masters degree in Business Administration combines intensive coursework with opportunities to gain experience with professionals from business and industry in Rhode Island.

LOOK, LEAP, and LAND takes the student from ESOL academic writing, to college preparatory writing, to matriculation in credit courses on the way to a college degree. Academic coaching, ESL tutors, and peer mentors help these students gain the additional skills they need to succeed.

Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center offers a credit-bearing certificate in Cybersecurity which can be earned entirely online. More information here.

For more on URI's Continuing Education programs, go here. 

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Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies

What's exciting for Fall 2013:

All offerings at RWU School of Continuing Studies are available online.

Launching a professional education center, also offers professional development, personal enrichment and corporate training.

A BS in Forensics, Networking and Security.

The only ABA-approved paralegal studies program in RI; RWU offers a certificate, an Associates and a BS.

RWU is constantly evolving its programs in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, and Technology, Leadership and Management.

For more on RWU's School of Continuing Studies, go here. 

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Providence College School of Continuing Education

What's exciting for Fall 2013:

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Development, as well as a certificate. For parents and PTA presidents to CEOs of corporations, this new program is based on the notion that everyone's a leader. More about developing personal leadership plans than a traditionally academic study of leadership, there's no program like it in the area. 

Four new fast-track certificates in Accounting, Business, Foundations of Management. 

Changes to PC's Teacher Certification Program (TCC), as requirements have changed. School systems are changing all the time and PC's program has kept up. Training tor secondary level teaching. 

For more on PC's School of Continuing Education, go here. 

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Johnson & Wales Adult and Continuing Education

What's exciting for Fall 2013: 

Forming a school of online and Continuing Education, hoping that in time CE and online will be synonymous.

MBA program with a hospitality concentration begins September 2013. 

Bachelor of Science in Food Service Management, offered online. 

For more on JWU's Adult and Continuing Education programs, go here. 

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Salve Regina University Continuing Education

What's exciting for Fall 2013:

Location in Warwick designed for adults and continuing learners, with 3 full-time staff members.

5 new undergraduate programs in business, liberal studies and RN-BSN.

New undergraduate degree in healthcare administration.

Classes for Microsoft certification.

New psychology degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

For more on Salve Regina's Continuing Education programs, go here. 

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Brown University Continuing Education

What's exciting for Fall 2013:

Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership - A 16-month blended learning program for working professionals. 

The IE Brown Executive MBA is a unique program combining the IE's strength in management education with Brown’s excellence in the humanities, social, biological and physical sciences.

The Brown/Pfizer Master of Arts Program in Biology provides on-site, graduate-level courses for Pfizer employees.

The Special Student Program allows Brown University employees and non-matriculated students to take undergraduate courses at Brown.

Resumed Undergraduate Education program.

For more on Brown University's Continuing Education programs, go here. 

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Rhode Island College Continuing Education

What's exciting for Fall 2013: 

Rhode Island College offers a wide range of professional development courses and workshops each semester and summer for students and working professionals. The College also offers certificate programs that provide focused study and expertise in several professional areas.

While many offerings are delivered on campus, many are available off campus through partnerships with community organizations and agencies. In-Service Training Incentive Credit courses and workshops for Rhode Island state, municipal, and nonprofit employees are available under Professsional Studies.

For more information on RIC's continuing education and professional studies courses, workshops, and certificate programs, go here. 


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