Community Education

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?


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