Tag: continuing education

Cybersecurity Professionals: Modern Day Heroes

Just in the past six months, the term cybersecurity has become a household word in the United States. Related words like hacker, bot, and even ransomware have also made it into the current lexicon. However, none of this learning has come easily to us. In fact, you might say, that most of what we’ve learned has come from very difficult lessons. In the fall of 2016, hackers and bots used emails and fake news to destroy the reputations of political candidates and compromised the U.S. presidential election. In the spring, cyberattacks around the world made all of us want...

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Center for Professional Studies to Host Information Sessions

Even though it doesn’t feel like it will ever cool off, fall is just around the corner. When I think of fall, I always think of new beginnings in education. And here at Towson University Center for Professional Studies, we have some great new programs that can be your new beginning too. To kick off the new fall season of programming, we will hold two information sessions. The first will be held on Thursday, August 18 at 5:30 PM and Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 AM. Here are six really good reasons why you would want to take time...

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Osher Fall Course Preview

Although we just wrapped up the summer session at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University, registration for our fall semester is in full swing. Classes begin September 12 and are held in our classrooms at 7400 York Road, Towson, MD. For more information on how you or someone you know can get involved with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University, send me an email. I would be happy to help! The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University Fall 2016 schedule of classes has something for everyone! For those who love music—There is J.S. Bach: “Mediocre Composer”...

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Top Seven Professional Certifications

As associate director for continuing education at Towson University Center for Professional Studies, I get a lot of questions about professional certifications. Professional certifications vary, of course, by industry, but in general, they are a short yet deep dive into a specific subject. Most often, they combine a classroom experience with applied learning, followed by an exam to earn an industry recognized credential. The best ones enable you to put letters after your name and most have eligibility requirements to which you must adhere. So this may impress your friends and relatives but what about employers? More Than A...

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Day Tripping with Osher

Did you know that Greenbelt, MD was a planned community built during the Great Depression? Or, that there is a purportedly haunted place on the Eastern Shore known as Suicide Bridge? How about going a little farther from home to find out that the Princeton University Museum of Art is a world class art museum rivaling New York’s Metropolitan Museum? Every semester, in addition to classes and interest groups that meet at Towson University, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University offers several day trips for our members. Led by Anne Graham, who has been orchestrating the Osher trips...

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Fridays for Workforce Innovation: Training Evaluation

The field of professional development and workforce training is dynamic as technology continues to drive change. Last month the Center for Professional Studies launched a speaker series called Fridays for Workforce Innovation to help business leaders in our region address these changes. Nicole Tucker-Smith, founder and CEO of LessonCast, kicked off the series with a discussion on how technology can help connect trainers and instructors to improve professional development. Although it was a snowy morning, a diverse group of leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors turned up and had a great conversation. Hear what they had to say...

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Continuing Education Information Session: Top Six Reasons to Attend

The Center for Professional Studies at Towson University delivers professional certification courses that address critical skills gaps in high growth industries. As the new associate director of continuing education, I would like to invite you to an information session on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 AM. My team and I will be on hand to talk about our programs and how they can help jump-start your career. So the free coffee and doughnuts aren’t enough to convince you? Well, off the top of my head, I can think of six really good reasons why you would want to take...

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Fridays for Workforce Innovation

The field of professional development and workforce training is dynamic as technology continues to drive change. Think about it. The way our kids learn today is dramatically different than the way you or I learned. The highlight of my 3rd grade year was computer day in the library; not only was it a break from worksheets and teacher lectures, but we got to play Oregon Trail. Each day new ideas emerge that enhance the knowledge delivery model or the content itself. That’s the idea that our Division’s new initiative Fridays for Workforce Innovation is based on. Changes in Education...

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

You’re getting older! Crow’s feet and gray hairs aside, the alternative isn’t too inviting. Within the next 15 years, it is predicted that one out of every five people in the United States will be 65 or older. In Maryland alone, over 14% of the state’s population is retired or soon to retire. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University is a part of a national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, each affiliated with a college or university. At Towson, Osher operates out of the Center for Professional Studies within the Division of Innovation & Applied Research. As...

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Finding Time for Continuing Education

Continuing education courses are a great way to take career advancement into your own hands. Besides financial obligations, finding the time to complete such courses can be a challenge. That’s why we have put together this list of 5 ways to find time and stay motivated: 1) Look for options that allow online classes When class times don’t fit into your schedule, it’s easy to make excuses. Fortunately, online courses are becoming more and more prevalent. With online courses you can decide when and how often you participate, which makes it much easier to manage your time. 2) Block...

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