The Newton Free Library has recently subscribed to Universal Class. This is an online database with an offering of over 500 courses. These are not the equivalent of college coursework. However, have you ever heard of CEUs? This stands for Continuing Education Units. Some professions require a certain number of CEUs each year to show that a person is keeping up with developments in their field. Universal Classes are accepted for CEUs. Whether you are showing your interest in something new or catching up with jobs or careers you’ve had in the past, listing a course you have completed with its CEUs on a resume could add just the leverage you need to get noticed.
Each course consists of a number of online classes an hour or less in length. You cannot skip around. You must go class by class, answering questions or writing essays until you get to the end. Don’t let this sound intimidating. It isn’t. The questions I have seen are not difficult. As in the best of our schooling, each class builds on the next, until you find that you’ve completed a course. You have nothing to lose by trying them out and everything to gain, especially if you feel your resume needs a little more substance or currency. The classes are listed under broader subject headings, making it easier for you to find what you specifically need. Just a few of the subjects listed are Career Training, Business, Computers and Technology, Writing Help, Office Skills, Accounting and Bookkeeping. There are even a number of fun classes when you need a break: Crafts and Hobbies, Cooking, Art and Photography. Curious? For a complete list of courses click here.
Most classes have a video component and a printout (pdf format so everyone can print it out.) Personally, I’m at a loss when just confronted with a video. My brain just doesn’t absorb material that fast. But give me a handout and a video and I’m good to go. It’s the best of both worlds. Since I set up my own classes with handouts for everything I cover, I like the way these people think.
If you live in Newton, you can sign in from home. All you need is a Newton Free Library card that begins with 21323 connected to a Newton, MA address. You also need to go in through our website into Universal Class. If you don’t live in Newton, you can come into the library and sign up. If you live farther afield, check to see if any of you local libraries offer the service. Take a look and give it a trial run.