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Adults can get back into school routine this fall

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To many people, September feels more like the New Year than January.

Whether they like it or not, routine rules the roost again as kids settle back into Monday-to-Friday patterns. Self-professed lifelong learners tend to feel the pull of further education, too, as backpacks, calculators and boxes of new sharp pencils fly off the shelves.

For adults with wandering minds and a yearning for further education, there are countless opportunities to join in the fun, right in our own back yards.

If you’re looking to invest in a career, the St. James School Division offers a number of part-time and full-time continuing education programs to prepare adult learners for new careers such as health care aide, legal assistant, and security guard. Tuition ranges from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

For those wanting something more along the lines of a new hobby to fill long winter evenings, the school division also offers evening classes. There is something for every interest, including fitness classes, computer training, crafts and languages. Most of these classes last a few weeks and cost less than $100. See www.sjsd.net/PDF/Con%20Ed%20Fall%202013%20Brochure.pdf for the upcoming schedule.

For the prospective scholar on a tighter budget, Winnipeg’s public libraries host book clubs, writing workshops, and information sessions on things such as wills and estates and genealogy.

The Westwood Library is planning a literary walk on Sept. 27. A guide will take participants on a walking tour of the Westwood neighbourhood, where many of the streets were named for poets and playwrights. For more information, please see wpl.winnipeg.ca/library/pdfs/literarywalk.pdf
If you aren’t quite sure if you want to commit the time or money, a new movement in online education is sweeping the internet. Many high-profile universities around the world are offering non-credit courses for free through a format called Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs.

You can take anything from music appreciation to astrophysics to history and architecture in the comfort of your own home. Tens of thousands of students tune in to lectures from some of the biggest names in academia and write optional assignments to test their new knowledge. New courses start every week, and most last four to twelve weeks. See www.mooc-list.com to find something that will appeal to you.

If you’ve been feeling like it’s time to join the throngs of students flocking back to school, there are many options right here at home. See you in class!

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