The phrase “continuing education” means different things to different people. For some, it means returning to the classroom
to receive their GED. For others, it means returning to college to work toward a graduate degree. Whatever the phrase means
to you, it’s worth your time to consider the possibilities.
Technology has made learning so much easier than what you may remember. You now can take classes from your home using your
computer. You also can take classes at many local community centers. As more options appear, more people are taking advantage
of continuing education as a way to brighten their career future.
Consider, for starters, the GED. This test enables people who didn’t pass high school to receive a certificate that is equal
to a high school diploma. We all know high school graduates earn more than non-graduates. These days, people seeking to
receive their GED have many online options. You can take practice tests and preparation classes at home on your schedule to
help you prepare for the test.
Interested in other continuing education options? Many technical schools exist that can help you learn a trade or a skill.
For instance, you can learn how to repair cars, appliances, heaters, and air conditioners. You can learn a skill, such as
cosmetology, bookkeeping, or carpentry. Most cities have an assortment of technical schools where you can learn the skills
you need to make big changes in your career and life.
Thinking about going to college? Many colleges offer two-year programs in fields such as nursing or law enforcement. You
can take classes at local campuses or online. The community colleges are designed to help adults with their continuing
education needs. Check with you local community college to see what programs they offer.
Want to attend college and get your Bachelor’s degree? Most colleges now offer many online options so you can take classes
at a time that’s convenient for you. Even when you have to go to the campus to take a course, you can usually find classes
offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. Continuing education can really help you succeed, and colleges are working to make
it a possibility for many adults.
If you work full-time, finding time for continuing education options may be difficult. Also, you should realize that it may
take you a few years to get your degree. Don’t get discouraged. Keep in mind that you’ll be so much better off when you
receive your degree. College graduates not only have more job opportunities than high school graduates, they also earn
significantly more money.
Visit your local college, either online or in person, and discover what they offer in the way of continuing education. In
addition, ask about tuition assistance. Many people qualify for loans or scholarships, so be certain to ask.
Although getting a college degree may take time, in the long run, it’s well worth the effort. Don’t rush yourself. Take one
or two classes each semester, and before you know it, you’ll have your diploma.