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NKU Offering Free Public Courses, Gateway Classes to Improve Employability

Northern Kentucky University announced that it is offering free classes to the community for two days while Gateway Community & Technical College announced low-cost non-credit courses to improve Northern Kentuckians' employability.

NKU is offering its third annual Making Teaching Public celebration on February 17 and 18.

The two-day event is designed to be convenient for the community to explore the university through interesting classes at various times. Thirteen courses will be available for anyone to attend.

This year's topics range from teaching elementary students reading skills and professional makeup designs to developing an entrepreneurial mindset.

“This celebration is a wonderful opportunity to open our classrooms and share the faculty’s expertise with the community,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “Learning in the classroom – whether in-person, virtual or hybrid – is at the heart of the college experience and making it ‘public’ allows learners from all walks of life to get a glimpse into NKU’s core mission. It allows our alumni an occasion to engage with their alma mater and offers community members the chance to learn something new.”

The courses are offered via the online video platform Zoom, due to the pandemic. A link will be provided upon registration, the university said.

For a list of available classes, see NKU’s website.

Meanwhile, Gateway's short-term courses are being offered through Workforce Solutions to help those already in the workforce who want to move up, or those who are in need of training to start a new career.

Programs are offered in two online formats – self-paced or live classes. Self-paced classes include:

  • Healthy at Work – The latest information on COVID-19 risk factors and safety measures in the workplace.
  • Professionalism and Essential Skills
  • Communication and Diversity
  • Transition to Management

Live virtual classes offered are:

  • NEC Electric Code Update
  • Professional in Human Resources Certification Exam Prep
  • SHRM SCP/CP Certification Exam Prep
  • Electrical Licensing Preparation
  • AutoCAD Basics
  • Enhanced Operator I:  Workplace Principles
  • Safety and Universal Precautions
  • Microsoft Excel Level 1
  • OSHA
  • Sterile Processing National Review Certification Prep
  • Pharmacy Tech National Review Certification Prep
  • Adapting Your Leadership Style
  • Cultural Competence

Students will learn from industry experts, a news release said. Cost for courses begins at $49 with several under $100. Exam prep courses are higher. For more information on cost and start dates for each course, visit the Workforce Solutions web page.

-Staff report

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