MAILED: Aug. 11, 2000
Community members are invited to take courses at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire again this fall.
"People who are interested in taking a class or two either to advance their career or simply to enrich their minds will again have opportunities to choose from a number of classes that will meet their needs and interests," Associate Vice Chancellor Steve Tallant said. "We're working to offer more courses during weekends and evenings, making it more convenient for people with work and/or family commitments to continue their education."
Two informational sessions will be offered this month to help community members gather the information they need about opportunities available to them at UW-Eau Claire. A special night also will again be set aside to allow community members to talk with university staff, choose courses and enroll in classes for the fall semester, Tallant said.
The following sessions are free and open to the community:
All three sessions are free but participants must register for the Back-to-School and Adult Passport programs by calling the Adult Opportunity Office at (715) 836-3259. Anyone can attend Community Registration Night (registration is not necessary). Free parking will be available in the Schneider, Hibbard and Visitor parking lots during all three sessions.
- Back-to-School Program. This program is designed for community members who are interested in taking a class or who are have already enrolled for the fall semester but want more information about what's available to them on campus. It also gives returning adult students a chance to meet other non-traditional age students. Sessions will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and again from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 23.
- Adult Passport Program. Returning adult students who plan to take their first college math and/or English class this fall are encouraged to attend this session. Participants will take the UW System Placement Test, which will help ensure that the adult students get into the appropriate class. General information about university programs and opportunities also will be shared. The session will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 26.
- Community Registration Night. Any community member interested in taking a class or two this fall can come to Community Registration Night. A list of open classes will be available, and university staff will be on hand to help community members select and enroll in courses for the fall. Business and financial aid staff will be available to discuss payment options (a $100 down payment is required at the time of registration), students can rent or buy textbooks, and the Parking Office will sell parking permits. By the time a person walks out the door, he or she will be ready to begin the fall semester. Come to Schofield Hall anytime between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31.
"We had great success last year when we opened our doors to the community," Tallant said, noting that both traditional and non-traditional age students benefit when they share classrooms. "We're taking it a step further this year by encouraging community members to come to one of the information sessions, think about how they can best take advantage of what the university has to offer, and then come back to register."
Fall classes will be available in a variety of disciplines, ranging from English to art history to social work and business, Tallant said.
"It doesn't matter if someone wants to finish a degree, start a new one or simply take a class that's always intrigued them," Tallant said. "Everyone is welcome at the information sessions as well as at Community Registration Night."
UW-Eau Claire's fall semester classes start Sept. 5.
For more information about opportunities for returning adult students, call Rita Webb or Debbie Gough at (715) 836-3259.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 15, 2000