In a recent discussion about college, I mentioned that many college courses and degree programs would have been (or could be) adult education courses taught at the local community center for $20.
My counterpart bristled with superiority. What college courses have you taken that could be adult education classes?
Quite a few, actually.
One summer during my pursuit of an engineering degree, I took a basic accounting course offered through adult education to see what that was like. It was taught by a guy who kept the books for some car dealerships. It cost about $40.
When I went back for my MBA I had to take basic accounting course. I expected it to be much more in depth and sophisticated than the adult education class I took. After all, it costs $1,200 and was taught by a tenured professor.
I was wrong. It was the same course.
My counterpart’s challenge got me thinking. What other college courses did I take that could be (or are) also offered in some form or fashion through community education?
Quite a few, it turns out.
These are off the top of my head:
Undergrad courses that I took that could be offered as community education include: technical writing, childhood development, U.S. history, economics, weightlifting, psychology, computer programming, circuits, electronics and logic.
In my graduate business education: Basic accounting, finance, stock market investing, real estate investing, organizational development and entrepreneurship.
What courses did you take that could be taught in community education?