Spring Continuing Education Registration Open at Penn State Mont Alto
MONT ALTO, Pa. — Enrollment for Spring 2022 continuing education classes at Penn State Mont Alto is open to those who are ready to expand their role in the workforce, hone a skill, or start a new career.
New courses include Spanish for Healthcare Professionals and Spanish for the Workplace, as well as Accounting. They were added based on feedback from area employers, said Helen McGarry, director of continuing education at Penn State Mont Alto.
“One of the identified needs in our area was Spanish to bridge the language gap,” McGarry said. This was especially true in health care and by supervisors who don’t speak Spanish, but whose employees do.
Among the 16 offerings are industry-standard certifications in supply chain management, project management and human resource management, which McGarry says are fundamental to the continuing education program. Also returning are nursing home, assisted living and personal care home administration courses, which, like other courses, will be delivered via Zoom.
Certificates in logistics, transport and distribution as well as in leadership are available this spring, as well as courses in real estate. Some programs last a few weeks, while others cover an entire semester. They usually meet via Zoom for a few hours once or twice a week.
“With the pandemic, it’s just convenient,” McGarry said.
Mont Alto’s continuing education options help position the campus as a leader in Franklin County, Pennsylvania for professional development. Among the reasons for its dominance is access to high-caliber instructors from the more than 20 campuses in the Penn State system, which can offer programs in niche areas.
“We hire instructors who are sometimes from industry,” McGarry said, as well as Penn State professors and adjunct professors, some of whom work in fields outside of education and bring that experience to their classes. . “We like people from industry teaching our courses because they are teaching industry students. We put a lot of effort into the selection of instructors.
McGarry said continuing education departments on all Penn State campuses have their own suite of courses, which they easily share with each other. For example, the Workforce and Career Development certificate program is shared across multiple Penn State campuses.
Using Zoom also saves people from having to pay travel, food and accommodation costs to take classes on other sites.
McGarry said instructors can also deliver on-the-job classes to meet the needs and schedules of area employers.
When people feel it’s time to get certified or licensed, Penn State Mont Alto is a great option.
“Because we have both non-credit and credit certificates, licenses and degrees, it provides different pathways for people,” McGarry said.
If the students do not have a diploma, but want one; have an associate degree and seek a bachelor’s degree; or started a bachelor’s degree but had to quit to enter the workforce, “we can help them,” McGarry said
To register for continuing education courses, go to https://montalto.psu.edu/ce.
For more information, contact McGarry at [email protected] or 717-749-4118.