After its successful opening in September of last year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Sullivan University Center for Learning-Northern Kentucky is expanding its educational services once again.

“Starting in July, we’re offering personal development workshops for current students and alumni to supplement courses they take through Sullivan,” says Vicki Berling, director of the center. “These classes are designed to add value around the quality of life.”

In July, the “Life with Purpose” workshop had participants exploring the framework of pursuing a purposeful life with a blend of skills. The workshop in September looks at family and household budgets and how to stick to one and November’s workshop focuses on balance in everyday life.

“They’re topics people know they need to be good at, but avoid opportunities to do so,” says Berling. “We want our students to succeed in all areas of their lives, as well as academically. We selected these topics to help participants set personal and financial goals, and motivate them to achieve those goals.”

Beyond the workshops, the Center for Learning is offering more to residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, including courses that are being offered to high school seniors during the 2017-18 school year. In the fall quarter, Sullivan is offering Computer Applications. Students will learn introduction to microcomputers with a focus on what’s capable and what’s limited in the computing environment, as well as learning about the future of computers and technology. This won’t be a typical lecture course—students will have discussion topics, as well as hands-on activities.

For the winter quarter, Sullivan will offer Introduction to Programming. This course takes a look at critical thinking and problem solving, and also introduces students to the design and use of programming techniques. Students will apply the problem-solving concepts they learn through in-course work.

“We are offering those two courses based on feedback from the school districts around us,” says Berling. “You can’t do enough to keep people up to date on technology. They’re great for any student in IT, business or the engineering field.”

Depending on the popularity of these classes, the Sullivan University Center for Learning may expand these course offerings for high school seniors.

“We don’t want to duplicate classes available at other universities or other learning centers,” says Berling. “We’re here to provide greater support for students.”

Each course is four credit hours and costs $150, plus the cost of textbooks.

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