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IU Northwest Center for Urban and Regional Excellence offers non-credit online sessions for learners of all ages

By: Indiana University Northwest Last Updated: November 2, 2020

Register now for a variety of free and low-cost fall sessions

Indiana University Northwest’s Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) continues to expand its online presence to offer non-credit programs throughout the year, which aim to assist people of all ages gain skills and enrich their lives as we face today’s challenges and prepare for tomorrow’s opportunities.

CURE offers a variety of remote learning opportunities for all ages through its Adult Education, Reading Skills, and Senior University programs.

CURE is enrolling now for fall sessions. The offerings include:

Adult Education: Fundamental Courses

24/7 Access; All classes start new every month

Cost varies; Courses for adults and young adults/teens

Online fundamental courses are informative, fun, and convenient. Fundamental courses include both instructor-led courses and self-paced tutorials. Instructor-led courses run for six weeks with monthly start dates and feature an instructor-moderated discussion board so that you can interact with your classmates. Self-paced tutorials are designed for completely independent learning, without instructor moderation, and can be started at any time. Complete any course entirely from home, at any time of the day or night. Popular courses include Speed Spanish, Accounting Fundamentals, Introduction to Microsoft Excel, and A to Z Grant Writing. Enroll, learn more, or view all Fundamental courses at ed2go.com/iunadulted

Adult Education: Career Training Programs

24/7 Access; Start at any time

Cost varies; Courses for adults

The online, open-enrollment Career Training Programs are designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional-level positions for many in-demand occupations. Our programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing you with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, encouraging and motivating you to succeed. Enroll, learn more, or view all Career Training Programs at careertraining.ed2go.com/iun

Adult Education: Comprehensive Career Tracks

24/7 Access; Start dates vary

Cost varies; Courses for adults

These online Career Track programs offer students a chance to hone their skills in a variety of professions—from the arts to healthcare to web development. All programs are available in the self-paced format and have opportunities for national certification, externship placement, and/or career support. For some programs, there is also the option for the instructor-led format, in which content is facilitated by live instructors with scheduled webinars and interactive activities. Enroll, learn more, or view all Comprehensive Career Tracks at https://iun.edu2.com

Reading Skills Programs

Schedule and cost varies

Programs for students of all ages: children and adults

Offered in partnership with the Institute of Reading Development, programs are specifically designed to give students the skills, motivation, and individual support they need in the fall, winter, spring, and summer of each grade level. Students attend a dynamic, live online class each week, during which they can see, hear and speak with each other and their teacher in real time. Every class is full of engaging discussions and class activities. Between classes, students complete independent reading assignments and interactive online lessons that build skills and confidence. Enroll, learn more, or view all Reading Skills Programs at iun.readingprograms.org or call 1-800-903-2173.

Senior University: Computers for Seniors II: Microsoft Word

24/7 Access: Available Now

Enrollment Deadline: Nov. 30

Free and open to anyone age 55 and better

If you are ready to move beyond the basics of computer use, then this online, self-paced tutorial is for you. Learn at your own pace by watching and/or re-watching these video tutorials created by veteran instructor, Chelsea Whittington. The tutorial will cover how to navigate Microsoft Word, learning various terms and functions. Get familiar with formatting documents through templates while tapping into your creative side. To enroll, contact Senior University at curesu@iun.edu or 219-980-6907 by Monday, Nov. 30. Once enrolled, participants will have access to the tutorial until Dec. 31.

Senior University: Caregiving in the Era of COVID-19

1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5

Enrollment Deadline: Nov. 4

Free and open to anyone age 55 and better

Are you 55 years of age or older and caring for an older adult? Do you at times feel stressed and overwhelmed by your caregiving responsibilities? More than 34.2 million people in the United States are caring for someone over the age of 50 (National Alliance for Caregiving, 2015). COVID-19 has added additional challenges for caregivers. So more than any other time, conversations about caring for older loves ones is important. This live, online workshop will provide information about the various types of caregiving, including available support and resources for people taking care of older adults during the pandemic. Most importantly, we will talk about ways to take care of yourself during the pandemic, so that you are able to provide the care your loved one needs during this time. To enroll, contact Senior University at curesu@iun.edu or 219-980-6907 by Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Senior University: The Best Small Bands in Jazz History: 1955 to 2020

6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 19

Enrollment Deadline: Nov. 13

Free and open to anyone age 55 and better

Join Billy Foster for this two-part, live, online exploration of the greatest small groups in jazz from 1955 to 2020. During the sessions, we will watch videos, listen to music, and discuss some of the best touring and recording groups of this time period. Come join us for this exciting tour of jazz bands! To enroll, contact Senior University at curesu@iun.edu or 219-980-6907 by Friday, Nov. 13.

Senior University: Managing Stress in Chaotic Times

3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3

Enrollment Deadline: Dec. 2

Free and open to anyone age 55 and better

2020 has been a very challenging year for Americans. The deadly coronavirus, mandated shutdowns, social isolation, economic devastation, and civil unrest have dramatically increased stress levels for all of us. This live, online workshop will introduce you to a set of simple, easy to use, research-supported techniques to control your stress level and effectively calm yourself. These strategies can be very empowering to you and others in your family. Please join us for straight-talk about how to successfully combat stress. To enroll, contact Senior University at curesu@iun.edu or 219-980-6907 by Wednesday, Dec. 2.