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Virtual Classroom Offers Adult Learners a Convenient Way to Learn

12/3/2009 —

Penn State York is making education even more convenient by offering its first virtual classroom that will provide adult learners the opportunity to earn a business credit certificate from the convenience of their home or workplace. The Business Essentials for Professionals credit certificate is being offered through continuing education at the campus. Classes begin Jan. 12 and end March 16, 2010.

“The Penn State virtual classroom is unique in online education offerings in that it uses technology to deliver live lectures, presentations, and instructor interaction with each student. People enrolling in these credit courses will have real-time support from a Penn State instructor from the convenience of their home,” said Jeff Warner, director of continuing education at Penn State York.

The Business Essentials for Professionals credit certificate is comprised of four 3-credit courses that can be completed in one year. The certificate is designed for professionals who need an accelerated and convenient way to earn a credit certificate in business; want to gain knowledge and skills in the management of information systems, effective communication, selling techniques, and management principles; and want to earn that certificate from a university recognized around the world. The program provides students with real-time interaction and support from a Penn State instructor as well as online and in-person contact with other students.

Professionals who do not have a degree but want to earn one can use this certificate as a first step towards earning a degree. This Business Essentials for Professionals credit certificate program is also available to professionals who may already have a degree in another discipline but need a business certificate to advance in their career.

The maximum course registration is 15 students. Classes are kept small to provide a quality educational experience with opportunities for one-on-one interaction with the instructors. Classes meet online one evening per week for ten consecutive weeks, except for the first and last class sessions which meet on the Penn State York campus. Class is from 4 – 5:45 p.m.

The office of continuing education is now accepting registrations for the Business Essentials for Professionals certificate. For more information and registration, please visit the Web site at http://www.ce.yk.psu.edu/virtual_classroom.html or call (717) 771-4105.

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