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NCTC Lifelong Learning Center will be hosting an open house Tuesday.

NCTC’s Lifelong Learning Division bills itself as “a great place to start...and a great place to start over.”

Prospective students can get an introduction to new opportunities in continuing education when the Lifelong Learning Center opens its doors for an open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 in the Career Technology Center of the Gainesville Campus.

The event is free and is open to the public.

The open house will feature sessions and information on healthcare, welding and GED scholarships offered in the division, along with course demonstrations, opportunities to meet instructors, facility tours and refreshments. Guests will also get the chance to win prizes and gift certificates for courses.

Lifelong learning, also known as continuing education courses, are designed to help students prepare for careers in occupations such as welding, small engine repair and business-related fields.

Lifelong Learning Recruitment and Advising Coordinator Maggie Fuhrmann said while she doesn’t actually place students with employers, she does help them prepare resumes and lets students know about potential job openings.

“The scope of Lifelong Learning has expanded so much in the past few years,” Djuna Forrester, dean of Lifelong Learning said in a press release. “We wanted to use this opportunity to showcase our options.”

The division offers a growing slate of hands-on training for trades such as welding, HVAC and journeyman electricians, she added.

In addition, students can learn drafting technology, accounting and bookkeeping.

“We also offer paralegal and all kinds of different computer classes from design programs to programming websites to MicroSoft Word and how to use a computer,” Fuhrmann said.

The center also offers special interest topics on skills such as cake decorating, certain types of cooking and a popular program called welding for women.

Welding for women is less a job preparation course than a course designed to teach artistic welding skills, Fuhrmann noted.

Students at the Lifelong Learning Division also have access to high demand healthcare training and computer applications including online learning and adult basic skills such as GED and ESL.

For more information on the open house call Fuhrmann at 668-4272 Ext. 4424 or e-mail her at mfuhrmann@nctc.edu.

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