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March 25, 2014 : VIDEO: OUL’s Community and Corporate Learning Office Offers Lifelong Educational Opportunities
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster’s Community and Corporate Learning Office provides educational opportunities for people in the community who aren’t trying to get a college degree.  The office was featured on this month’s edition of Fairfield Today at OUL.
“Our office does the non-degree seeking educational work,” said Interim Community and Corporate Learning Director Ron Cullums. “There’s workforce development with community partners, Kids in College, the 60 + program, business and industry training and EMS Education.”
A large part of the business and industry training component is computer courses. Instructor Mike Kelley teaches courses that focus on the Microsoft Office Suite of programs that are used in a business environment.
“Most of our customers are local businesses,” said Cullums.
“I think what happens a lot of times is that by coming to class and getting more formal training, students are going to know how to use the computer program better and be more efficient at it,” said Kelley.
“We provide convenient options to the big city,” said Cullums. “We put on a nice training here at OUL. We have modern facilities and highly qualified instructors, and we do that without traffic jams or high prices.”
Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word are the most popular training classes offered.
“Our goal is to serve the community and what they need,” said Cullums.
The Community and Corporate Learning Office also conducts programs for children and seniors.  Kids in College is a summer program for children entering grades 4 – 9 in the fall in 2014.  Three weeks of classes are scheduled. The 60 + program is an opportunity for senior citizens to take classes at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington free of charge.
“Kids in College allows children to take classes that they don’t get to take during the normal school year. They also have a lot of fun learning, and they don’t really know that they are learning,” said Administrative Coordinator Maryann Lape. “The 60 + program is a great opportunity for seniors to take classes in a college setting without having to buy the books or do the classwork.  They can participate as much or as little as they’d like.”
“I worried about how the young people would get along with the old timers when I started the 60 + program,” said 60 + Student Jerry Snider. “But the years just melted away, and we are all having fun in the classroom.”
“Most professors really welcome the 60 + students because they feel those students don’t have to be in the class.  They are there because they want to be there,” said Lape. “The history professors really love it because sometimes the 60 + students have lived through what they are talking about and can share their personal experience.”
Community and Corporate Learning also offers an EMT course that is nine weeks long.  It’s held on Monday and Wednesday evenings and every other Saturday.  It can be followed up with a paramedic class that runs nine months. It’s held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  Students have to be interviewed and take an entrance exam to be accepted.
Fairfield Today at OUL airs weekly on Time Warner Cable Channel 9 in Lancaster.