MCCC Responds to Community Requests for New Noncredit Courses


After completing two courses in Interior Design offered by Mercer County Community College's noncredit division, Patricia Cummings of Hamilton Square asked for more. "The course was not long enough," Cummings said. "I would like to see more courses in this subject and a certificate program in Interior Design." One of many students in her class who asked for increased offerings, Cummings will get her wish this September when the college begins new interior design classes and a certificate program in the discipline.

Responding to the needs and interests of adult students in the county is the specialty of the college's Center for Continuing Studies, which offers noncredit career and personal development classes year-round. According to Director of Community Education Yvonne Chang, "The center designs courses based on student feedback, suggestions from the community and our instructors, and needs identified by the college’s credit side."

One community-inspired request, from parents of home-schooled teens, was to provide supplemental classes in higher level courses that are difficult to teach at home. Beginning Sept. 11 is a science laboratory course, small-group learning in a math "boot camp," an introduction to Spanish, and PSAT/SAT preparation.

Meeting the ever-changing needs of the business community is always a challenge, Chang said. The college works closely with business leaders in designing courses that range from computer applications to marketing and management. One innovative new course this fall is "Human Performance Improvement in the Workplace," which will help businesses increase revenue and find solutions for organizational problems. The college will host a complimentary breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. to introduce potential students to the topic in preparation for an Oct. 8 starting date.

Another new venture this fall will be a ten-week Saturday course in real estate pre-licensing, beginning Oct. 2. The need for the course came from the college’s credit business division, which received many requests for such a noncredit course.

The thriving arts community in central New Jersey has also been asking for more. Starting this fall, Mercer has teamed up with ARTWORKS in Trenton. A series of exciting new courses will meet at the ARTWORKS facility at 19 Everett Alley. Offerings include portrait and figure painting, printmaking, pastels, painting with encaustic, mold-making and resin casting, watercolor, silk-screen and drawing techniques for botanical art.

For more information about classes offered through The Center for Continuing Studies, or to receive a catalog of course listings, call 609-586-9446, email, or visit Registration deadline is two weeks in advance of each course's starting date.

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