NVCC 1995-1996 Catalog

Community Education

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The Office of Continuing Education on each campus helps to plan and provide many types of credit and non-credit programs to meet special interests within the community. Various community education programs and seminars focus attention on social issues. Business, industry and professional organizations provide special courses at NVCC for their employees. These programs can be set up at the College or where you work.

Many non-credit programs are offered each semester to serve special community needs. A listing of community education courses is included in each Schedule of Classes.

Courses and workshops often result from requests by individuals or groups within the community. The topics vary from job skills to personal enrichment interests. The programs pay for themselves through fees charged to participants. State funds are not used for setting up or offering a course, or paying the instructor. Fees for community education courses vary depending upon the actual cost of each course. Community education course information and registration instructions are available at each campus Office of Continuing Education.

Payment for courses may be made by cash, check, money order, contract, VISA, or MasterCard. Checks and money orders (payable to NVCC) can only be accepted for the exact amount due. A service charge of $25.00 is charged to you for any check that is dishonored, except when the bank is at fault. Requests for refunds must be made prior to the first class meeting.

Cultural affairs are available through short courses, special lectures, music presentations and art festivals. Community groups and organizations may also make special arrangements to use facilities of the College for their own programs or meetings.

Continuing Education Units for Non-Credit Courses

The College awards Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon completion of most non-credit courses. One CEU represents ten hours of participation in community education courses which meet the following standards:

  1. The non-credit activity is planned in response to an assessment of educational needs for a specific target population.
  2. There is a statement of objectives and rationale.
  3. Content is selected and organized in a sequential manner.
  4. There is evidence of pre-planning.
  5. The activity is instructional and is approved by an academic or administrative unit of the institution best qualified to affect the quality of the program content and to approve the resource personnel utilized.
  6. There is provision for registration for individual participants.
  7. Evaluation procedures are utilized.
  8. Criteria are established for awarding Continuing Education Units to individual students prior to the beginning of the activity.

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