The best ways to go back to school
By Rosanna Boscawen
re you a recent graduatemourning the end of your lifein education
and desperatelytrying to hold on to it? Perhapsyou have a sudden burningdesire to learn something completely newand out-o-the-box, or – wisely – are look-ing to boost your employment credentials?Continuing Education programs are atmost o the city’s universities, both bigand small, and they oer the opportunityto sit back, relax, and return to your morecurious, younger sel. We’ve done thelegwork or you and ound out how veo the best schools dene their programsand what exactly you can learn.
Location: 203 Lewisohn HallTel: 212-854-2124Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe money bit: $700 - $2,200Columbia’s Auditing and LielongLearning program is, unsurprisingly,more restricted and more expensivethan others in the city. Each semester(Fall and Spring only), there’s a choice o about 30 classes, each o which will costyou $2,200, give or take a little. (LielongLearning Programs or the over 65s are$700 per class). As an auditor, you’renot allowed to participate in the class,except at the instructor’s discretion.However, on the plus side, you don’t haveto do the homework, and that instructorwill likely be one o the bigger namesin his or her eld. On oer this all areAstronomy and Russian, inter alia.Already have a graduate degreeand eeling up or something a littlemore hands-on and hardcore? You canalso take a Post-Baccalaureate course,chosen rom 50 dierent options.Classes begin September 6, lateregistration and changes can bemade beore September 16.
Location: Citywide212-997-2869The money bit: Could be $200 or a shortcourse in Green Manuacturing, could bein the thousands i you do a long program.I I could I would take: a course in WindPower at NYC College o Technologyin Brooklyn (Suri Duitch, UniversityAssociate Dean or Continuing Education).There’s no shortage o CUNY campusesin the city (seventeen across the veboroughs), and their CE courses arelikewise plenteous. Most courses arenon-credit and in general anyone canenroll. Certain courses, particularly theproessionally oriented ones, requirediplomas or high school qualications.You won’t get much access to acilities,such as a library, although i you enrollin a larger program, such as in cultureor business, you’ll likely get betteradvice rom eld proessionals.Classes begin mid-September.
Fashion instituteoF teChnology
Location: 7th Avenue at 27 StreetTel: 212 217.3334 Email:email@example.comThe money bit: As everywhere, it varies,but i you’re a New York resident you’llbe starting at $166 per credit. Non-credit courses are charged or tuition,and lectures, labs and workshopsare billed at dierent rates. Anyone with a high school diplomacan take a CE class at FIT, although moreadvanced courses have prerequisites.Classes are not audits but classes intheir own right, and you can choose romtraditional and new courses alike. I you’re a populist, go or the credit-bearingFashion Design, Fashion MerchandisingManagement or Fine Arts courses. Unlikethe more academic-centric schools, hereyou may use the library and have access toadvisors, as well as having limited accessto the Career and Internship Center.Credit classes start August 29.Non-credit start September 6.