DeWitt Community Library introduces 'Universal Class'

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Learning. As children, we learn to walk and to talk. As teenagers, we learn to drive. We take classes to learn how to dance for our weddings, to learn to care for our children, or to learn a new application at work. There is always something new to learn, and the DeWitt Community Library is now bringing it right into your home – for no cost at all!

Universal Class – “Learn Something New Today”

For those with a burning desire to learn but without a lot of extra money to burn, the DCL is now offering an online learning program entitled Universal Class. The program offers more than 500 non-credit continuing education courses in a wide variety of subjects for your personal enrichment. A partial list of subjects includes: Business, Personal Finance, Grant Writing, Negotiation Skills, Psychology and Photography.

These free courses are available to all library patrons. You can enroll in up to 5 classes and have 6 months to finish each course. If you have a busy schedule, there is no need to be concerned – you can take these courses at your own pace. Access to coursework is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information about this program can be found by visiting the Dewitt Community Library’s website.

If the concept of online learning is something new to you, or the idea of anything, let alone educational classes, being available for free, make you a little skeptical, you are not alone. But rest easy, free online learning has been around for a while, and it’s yours for the taking. See below for a brief list of some of the colleges that offer free courses via the Internet.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology— “Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds”

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was one of the first to really see an opportunity. In 2002 MIT introduced what they called “Open Courseware.” The program originally offered 32 courses free to the public and now offers more than 2,000. Information about this program is available at ocw.mit.edu/index.htm.

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