These courses are suitable for students who want to acquire better professional skills, obtain certifications or simply be lifelong learners. Subjects include early childhood education, information systems, and automotive, all with the goal of preparing students for the career of their choice.
Adam Rodriguez started out at Reedley College over eight years ago, on his way to a different career.
“I’ve always been interested in computers and took it upon myself to learn it,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez put his college career on hold until he heard about Reedley Colleges expanded learning options by enrolling in office technology and information systems courses.
The college offers more than 200 free courses that open doors to careers in office technology, business, and agricultural technology, among others.
“The student will be in the same class as the degree-seeking students, they will receive the same instruction. The biggest difference is that these students are career-oriented, they know what they want.”
Textbooks are free for students and classes are offered year-round.
“They may not take that full 18-week course,” said faculty coordinator Amanda Taintor. “We have an extended learning opportunity course for them, it’s a three hour workshop on a Saturday.”
Giving students like Rodriguez a second chance at school and a new career path.
“I thought I knew a lot about computers, but coming into this class, man, I didn’t know much about networking after all,” Rodriguez said.
Classes begin August 6. For more details on how to register, visit their website.
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