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The start of the new year signals a time of change, and many people make a resolution to attend college. Some may simply decide to learn more about a particular craft, hobby or concentrate on a specific area that interests them.
The new Continuing and Community Education Program at St. Catharine College is the ideal place to start the process. The program will offer courses in Springfield, Lebanon and Bardstown.
“I think the idea of the Continuing and Community Education Program has been brewing for some time,” said Sr. Barbara Rapp, OP, the director of continuing and community education for St. Catharine College. “This really came about as members of the three communities requested that SCC offer learning opportunities and programs for enrichment to persons in the community who wish to continue to learn.”
There are classes for younger students, such as learning to draw your favorite superhero, to courses geared for older students.
“Many older adults told us they want to continue to learn,” she said. “Now that they have a little more time, attending one or more of our classes is a wonderful way to do that. It’s an opportunity to meet folks with similar interests and do something that they have always wanted to do, but were afraid to try.”
This is the first year SCC has offered continuing and community courses. Rapp said she conducted focus sessions to determine the direction of the program.
“I have had three focus sessions, one in each county, meeting with various persons to ascertain what might be the needs and interests of each community. Not only were topics named, but also potential instructors. Also, I have spent most of the past three months out in the communities meeting folks and talking about what we might do together.”
Rapp is eager to see how the public responds to the program once classes start in mid-February. Enrollment will be key in determining its success. Overall, she sees the new program as a great asset and benefit to surrounding communities.
“We have no need or desire to compete with what is already being offered by others in the areas,” she said. “We simply want to be of service to members of the communities, offering them opportunities for continued learning and growth. I am really excited about what we will be offering in our inaugural session of St. Catharine College’s continuing and community education program,” Rapp added. “Members of the community have been very welcoming and helpful as we prepare to launch these classes in February.”
For more information about the program, call Sr. Barbara Rapp at (270) 699-2157.