Although Fall is the traditional back-to-school season for our children and grandchildren, it’s also a great time for you to re-enter the classroom to enhance your skills or explore subjects of special interest to you. What a great example you’ll be setting for the young people in your life! And back-to-school season may mean a bit more free time for parents to tackle that new certificate program they’ve been considering, master a key computer software skill, pursue a lifelong interest in arts, crafts, or photography, develop advanced foreign language skills, or even study a foreign language that is entirely new.
This Fall, budding entrepreneurs and managers can develop the skills and expertise they need to succeed in our new Business Management Certificate Program, designed by respected business professionals. This certificate offering was designed to address a broad audience: entrepreneurs, small business owners, or corporate professionals seeking to broaden their skill base to move into general management. Core courses in this new certificate program cover change management as well as managing people, finances, and operations. Other required courses focus on developing leadership, negotiation, and problem-solving skills. And program participants can choose electives in such areas as communications, sales, or starting a business. If this program sounds like a good fit for you, consider attending one of our free program information sessions.
Our renowned technical offerings are continually being improved based on the advice of our industry advisory committees. This continual curriculum improvement process has led us to start planning a specialized Project Management for IT Professionals Certificate, something we’re very excited to offer to so many of our technically oriented students. We will begin this Fall by offering our first course in the new program, Software Industry Methodologies, which covers Agile, Scrum, and the waterfall model. The full program will launch in the Winter quarter starting January, 2014. If you’d like more information on the program, plan to attend our IT Project Management Certificate information session on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 6–8 p.m. in Room 1118 of our building on Bellevue College’s North Campus.
If you’re interested in learning a new language, Fall is an especially good time at Bellevue College Continuing Education. Our beginning courses in some foreign languages, like Arabic, Dutch, and Farsi or Persian, are only offered in the Fall. And language education is one of our special strengths. The World Languages Institute is the program area in which we offer the most courses, and we’re offering courses in 15 foreign languages this Fall. Our language classroom experience provides real-world practice and the opportunity to connect with new people with common interests.
Bellevue College Continuing Education has exciting new offerings for retirees this season as well. This Fall quarter, our TELOS program is introducing a new class, The Media Today. The class will be taught by local broadcast journalist Norm Mah, assignment editor for KOMO-TV Channel 4 News for the last seven years and previously for KING-TV Channel 5 News. In this class, Norm and his students will explore the impact of the 24-hour news cycle and changes in media ownership and regulation on lifestyles, local businesses, and politics. Norm will bring a depth of knowledge about key issues as well as consummate professionalism and wit to the TELOS classroom. If you’re a retiree who’s interested in the rapidly changing world of print, broadcast, and Internet journalism, I hope you’ll join the lively discussion this class is bound to stimulate.
Although Fall is a great time to start, you can chart a new course at Bellevue College Continuing Education at any time. New course offerings begin throughout the Fall quarter as well as throughout the year. When you’re ready, we’re here for you. And remember — at Bellevue College Continuing Education, you will “learn today and use tomorrow!”