Evening at Emory, a personal enrichment program within Emory Continuing Education (ECE), will be expanding its online presence and location options, and possibly the number of certificate programs offered in the next few years, according to Lisa Kozicki, ECE director of programs.
ECE started offering certificate programs in 2005, Kozicki wrote in an email to the Wheel, to cater to local adults as well as students.
During this past year, the program has launched certificate programs in sustainability, fundraising, predictive health and Spanish and French language proficiency. Kozicki wrote that ECE is currently conducting research regarding possible certificate programs within health care and information technology.
Courses in the Event Planning Certificate program, taught by Michael Kloss, the chief of protocol and executive director of the Office of University Events, “have exceeded initial capacity and we are seeing substantial crowds at our information session,” Kozicki wrote.
The growth of the ECE program combined with workforce demands has prompted ECE to establish several of these new programs, according to Kozicki.
The certificate programs that ECE currently offers emphasizes students’ ability to demonstrate growth through several capstone projects, portfolios and other assessment methods, Kozicki said.
“A certificate program designed to meet the needs of this growing segment of the labor market — aligned with an area of expertise here at Emory — is an ideal opportunity,” Kozicki noted. “...In a challenging economy, many working adults search for ways to enhance existing skills and differentiate themselves in the job market.”
In addition to new program offerings, Evening at Emory will be developing online programs, which will “enable us to meet the learning needs of students outside the metro Atlanta region,” Kozicki wrote.
ECE is, meanwhile, also evaluating new location options to house offices and classrooms. Classes currently take place at locations such as Briarcliff campus and main campus as well as Alpharetta and Decatur satellites.
The program has been the University’s non-credit division since its establishment in 1951 and offers open enrollment courses in professional development and personal enrichment.
Subjects range from web design to communications, from fine arts and health to test preparation.
— Contact Jordan Friedman