Continuing education

is used as a general term to mean the broad range of post-secondary learning courses and programs. This term is typically used in the United States and Canada, other places like the UK use the term further learning.

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  • communication technology skills and knowledge
  • mastery of time management skills
  • flexible and independent learning options
  • access to programs with no scheduling constraints
  • networking with a community of like-minded students

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General continuing education

This is very similar to adult education, is intended primarily for adult learners, and in particular those beyond traditional college age.

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Continuing education for professionals

Included in the realm of Continuing Education is professional continuing education, learning activities specifically characterized.

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Continuing education programs ideally benefit both workers and businesses. Businesses should encourage CE as it helps them sustain highly skilled and current workers that know the latest technology and have "cross-functional" skills. For workers, this education might lead to promotions and raises, and should make them more valuable to their employers and to similar employers in their industry.

Programs are available through many channels. Continuing education courses are offered by high schools, universities, community colleges and trade and professional schools and organizations. Night courses and weekend-only programs are convenient for adult learners with traditional work schedules. Schools often partner with businesses to offer joint programs, and some companies run in-house CE programs, ranging from seminars and workshops to college-credit courses on-site.


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