Richard D. L. Fulton

Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) announced that its institution has established an educational program geared towards individuals of all ages.

The new program, based at the Mount’s Frederick campus and dubbed the Center for Lifelong Learning, was launched by the university’s Division of Continuing Studies, “In recognition of the importance of lifelong learning for professional and personal growth,” according to a press release issued by MSMU.

According to Donna Klinger, MSMU executive director of communications, the Center for Lifelong Learning is offering a wide range of programs, events, and activities.

Klinger stated that programs being offered by Mount professors range from a three-part preparatory program for the AGA’s Certified Government Financial Manager exam, taught by Associate Professor of Finance Boris Morozov, to a two-hour guided sampling of German and local beers brewed in the Oktoberfest tradition, complete with an examination of the art and science of these beers. This Friday-night program is being led by Michele Patterson, associate professor of history, and Garth Patterson, associate professor of chemistry,

Additionally, she noted that Christina Green, assistant professor of management, is offering a Connection Through Coaching Bootcamp, designed to help supervisors and managers to better connect with their employees through coaching and motivation. In addition, Green is presenting a “Gender in Business Workshop” and a series of yoga classes.

Alejandro Canadas, associate professor of business, is providing instruction on personal money management in a seven-week course.

Jennifer Staiger, associate provost for the Division of Continuing Studies, said, “I invite you to expand your horizons, sharpen your professional knowledge, learn basic skills, and enrich your participation in cultural activities and community tours through the Center,” adding, “These day-time and evening noncredit programs meet the needs of busy adults with workshops, short courses, boot camps, and more.”

A recent Pew Research Center study found that nearly 90 percent of working adults report that it will be necessary to receive training and develop new skills throughout their careers to keep up with changes in the workplace, according to Klinger.

The Center for Lifelong Learning also designs personalized training programs to meet the needs of businesses and organizations, offers dual enrollment and college preparatory courses for high school students, and provides seminars on special topics in faith formation.

Registration for these noncredit courses and other programs, many of which began in October, is open at Courses are in-person, online, or in a hybrid format. Course registration fees range from $55 to $1,025, according to the program registration form.

For more information, contact the MSMU Division of Continuing Studies admission.

The university had also previously established a Center for Accelerated and Adult Education, which offers “well-respected programs in a convenient format for working adults.”

Most of the courses offered by the Center are held at the Mount’s Frederick campus. However, MSMU stated that many are also held at the main campus in Emmitsburg. Courses are typically offered in 5- or 8-week sessions, instead of the traditional 15-week semesters.

A recent Center for Accelerated and Adult Education graduate includes Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Head Coach Todd Bowles (see “Buccaneers Coach Graduates from MSMU” in the October issue of The Catoctin Banner).

For further information on the Mount’s Center for Accelerated and Adult Education, contact MSMU at 301-682-8315.

In other MSMU news, the Mount announced in October that author and public intellectual Eddie Glaude Jr. presented a lecture entitled “Race & Democracy: America Is Always Changing, But America Never Changes,” which explored the connections “between race, trauma, and memory, and what we can do to bring about a new America.”

According to a Mount press release, Glaude, a professor and the chair of the Princeton University’s Department of African American Studies, referenced historic injustices as well as the recent gun violence in Uvalde (Texas) and Buffalo “and the difficult path that America has into the future.”

MSMU Center for Lifelong Learning.

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