Lifelong Learning

Wed
05
Aug

With a Head Start at Age 9, Summer Scholar Georgette Burrell Taking the Fast Track to Rutgers

Image of Georgette Burrell, her mother, Michele Burrell, and her grandmother, Eunice Burrell

Georgette Burrell took her first college biochemistry course at age 9. Now 13, the Asbury Park youth is already eyeing her dream school: Rutgers University, where she wants to study oceanography with a minor in journalism.

When she hits campus for her summer courses, Georgette often arrives with an entourage: her mother, Michele Burrell, and her grandmother, Eunice Burrell.

“We usually come as a trio, and it’s funny because it’s three generations,” said Michele Burrell.“I was not going to just leave my 9-year-old!”

Read more at Rutgers Today

Thu
05
Dec

How to Lay a Concrete Paver Patio or Walkway: A Lifetime of Expert Tips & Shortcuts Shared in 2 Short Days

Tile image Students adding mortar to decorative paver wall

So you just installed a paver patio.  Stand back and admire your work.  It probably looks pretty decent right now.

But wait a few months. Or a year.  Let one good winter pass.  Now how does it look?

What Can Go Wrong When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

“A lot of pavers look good when they first go in,” said Alex Burke, instructor in Rutgers’ Concrete Pavers class.  But when an installer doesn’t really know what he is doing, the ill effects will show within a year.  

“After you’ve gone through the winter and had time for settling, that’s when you start to see problems,” explained Burke.  “It might be frost heaving, settling or problems caused by difficult site conditions, like clay soil.”

Tue
30
Jul

Get the Best of a 4-Year Food Science Degree in Just 5 Days at Rutgers This August

An instructor teaches students about food products in the Introduction to Food Science five-day short course at Rutgers.

Kimberly Smith had been working for only two weeks as a process engineer when she found herself struggling with an entirely new language – the lingo of food chemistry and microbiology.

“It was like a foreign language,” said Smith, who helps manufacture soups and other foods at Campbell’s Soup.

Last summer, she radically improved her fluency with an intensive five-day Introduction to Food Science class, offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) at Rutgers University.

“The course helped me understand the basic language of food product development,” she said.  Now she can better talk the multi-disciplinary talk that all good food scientists must master.

Wed
03
Jul

OCPE Receives $1 Million Grant to Train Employees in one of NJ’s Fastest Growing Industries – Health Care

Photo of the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Sign

NJ Department of Labor award will train incumbent workers of health care organizations

Several New Jersey health care facilities are getting a boost: their current front-line employees are receiving training to upgrade their skills from the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) thanks to a $1 million grant awarded to OCPE by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL). The goal: help individual workers feel more valued and be more productive; save organizations time and money while making them more competitive; and retain highly skilled, high wage positions in the state.

Wed
13
Feb

OLLI-RU’s Spring Session Enrolling Learners Over 50

Jane Austen fans, nature lovers and war history buffs can fuel their passions in several new courses offered for learners over 50 by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) during its spring session, March 4 through May 14.

Registration is underway for more than 200 courses in art, music, language and other interests for adults over 50. Classes are taught in five- and 10-week sessions at three Central New Jersey locations: The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.; Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold, and Raritan Valley Community College’s Bridgewater facility at 14 Vogt Drive. Some classes meet at the Rutgers Public Safety Building, 55 Commercial Ave., New Brunswick.

Mon
07
Jan

ENABLED to Work Program Offers Training, Job Search Skills

Image of a man in a wheelchair at a desk with a laptop

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.

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