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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 24, 2008

RELEASED: Nov. 24, 2008

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A new series of online classes will allow degree-seeking students and adult learners to take basic business courses without having to major or minor in business. Beginning in January 2009, UW-Eau Claire's College of Business and Continuing Education will offer The Essentials program, which will include classes that focus on the essential areas of business, such as marketing, management, accounting, investing, finance and information systems. The eight-week 100-level courses will be open to all non-business majors or minors and to adult learners. There is a need on campus and in the community for basic business classes that will help people launch or enhance a variety of careers. Everyone — whether they are in the arts, education, health care or any other field — can benefit from knowing how to work with budgets or how to market themselves or their ideas. The online program will give employees and managers a way to increase their core business skills without leaving their home or office. Completing a business program like The Essentials is a great step toward sustaining one's employability. Given the job competitive market, anything people can do to enhance their knowledge and skills will help to set them apart from the competition. Until now, only students accepted into the College of Business could take business courses. The first Essentials class — Introduction to the World of Business — will be offered during Winterim in January 2009. Registration is under way. Additional Essentials classes will be offered during the 2009 spring semester. People can take just one of the 10 classes that make up the series or enroll in multiple classes. Those completing the introduction course and five electives from the series can earn an Essentials of Business Administration certificate. For details, contact Cynthia Hofacker from the College of Business at 715-836-2488 or essentials@uwec.edu, or Ann Rupnow from Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 or rupnowac@uwec.edu.

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A growing number of people in western Wisconsin who have been laid off in recent months say they are considering returning to school to enhance their skills or to earn degrees in nursing or other fields they consider to be more stable, according to the director of the Educational Opportunity Center. Dr. Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs said the EOC is working with clients who are considering making significant changes after being laid off one or more times in their current field. The EOC is a federally funded program housed at UW-Eau Claire that provides free services for adults making career and higher education decisions. The EOC provides services in a 10-county region in western Wisconsin to veterans, low-income adults or adults whose parents do not have a bachelor's degree. The free one-on-one services range from help identifying career options and education needs to help completing financial aid forms to advocacy with higher educational institutions for admission. While housed at UW-Eau Claire, the EOC provides information about any higher educational institution in the country. In addition to its regular services, the program is providing additional education and career planning services at western Wisconsin work sites when layoffs are announced. Holsinger-Fuchs can talk with the media about the role the EOC is playing in helping adults hurt by the economic crisis plan for their educational needs and future careers. You can reach Holsinger-Fuchs at 715-836-2024 or holsinpj@uwec.edu.

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The next "Ask a Scientist" talk will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. Dr. Wilson Taylor, a biology professor, will discuss "Is There a Scientific Alternative to Evolution?" The "Ask a Scientist" series features science faculty discussing scientific topics that are of interest to the general public. The monthly off-campus presentations have proven popular among community members who are interested in discussing topics of interest with faculty experts.

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There will be no classes Thursday or Friday, Nov. 27-28, in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday. Administrative offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and will open again at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28.

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