The 2nd Annual ‘Retool Your Career’ Continuing Education Fair at Rutgers on Saturday, March 16, offers the public the opportunity to meet with representatives of scores of Rutgers continuing education programs and also attend a free career workshop on resume writing or networking.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, on the Rutgers Cook Campus. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the workshops.
Anyone who is un- or under-employed, considering a career change, seeking continuing education credits for certification or licensing, or interested in pursuing higher education for career enhancement is welcome to attend.
Alex Bruton served two years in Vietnam and 22 years as an Army reservist, but he faced one of his biggest challenges when two knee replacement surgeries left him unable to continue working on his feet as a cardiology technician.
Bruton sought help from the Veterans Administration, which referred him to the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation services (DVR). That agency connected him with the ENABLE Division of Small & Associates of Livingston and ultimately with Rutgers’ Center for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD).
Through these two educational partners in the Rutgers ENABLED to Work program, Bruton has been able to train for a new career and enhance his marketability through job counseling.
With state grant funding paying his tuition, Bruton enrolled in an online training program through Rutgers’ CCPD last summer to become an electronic medical health records specialist. He also received counseling through ENABLE on job-search and resume-writing skills and techniques.
“Every writer I know has trouble writing,” Joseph Heller, the best-selling author of Catch 22, once observed.
Most professional writers would probably agree. Writing for a living can be both exhilarating and exasperating, particularly when deadlines loom and fussy clients must be satisfied.
Rutgers WPx – the Writing Extension Program at the School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick – offers a menu of one-on-one personal coaching options, both online and in person that can help writers defeat the demons that often plague them. Coaching can assist writers with focusing their thoughts, identifying problem areas, building critical skills, and even managing relationships with their clients.
Dan Spink, WPX director, said that individual coaching courses were added to WPx’s course selections about five years ago “when we realized the need for specific, real-world workplace training in our market.”
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers offers free online mini-courses for anyone interested in learning about the Bible, Israel, or Jewish history and culture.
The courses can be accessed through the Bildner Center’s website. They are taught by Jewish studies faculty and are accessible over the internet from any location. The courses include video streams, slide shows, charts, maps, links to websites, and a discussion board.
The courses appeal to learners of all ages, from high school students to retirees. To date, these courses have been taken by people in more than 47 countries and 41 states across the U.S., who are interested in expanding their knowledge of Jewish history and culture.
More than 35 departments and units at Rutgers offer hundreds of credit and noncredit courses, certificate programs and enrichment opportunities to help individuals reach their professional and personal goals. Learn more at lifelonglearning.rutgers.edu.
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