The UNF Continuing Education program provides an important resource to the region's business community and adults looking to enhance their knowledge and professional skills. The faculty and staff of the program are actively engaged in ensuring their program meets the needs of the community. The Dean of Continuing Education conducts approximately 10 to 15 site visits per month to provide training and educational services to the community. For the 2006-2007 academic year, almost 7,400 people in Northeast Florida enrolled in a Continuing Education course. Continuing Education partnered with 1,154 area companies to provide specialized trainings to their employees.
Table 3: Continuing Education by the Numbers Fall 2006-Spring 2007
|Total Number of Participants
|Number of Continuing Education Opportunities Offered
|Number of Organizations Partnered with to Provide Workforce Training
Source: Division of Continuing Education
Continuing Education Programs
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
OLLI offers courses, lunch sessions, trips, collaborations, and networking opportunities for adults over the age of 50. Previous courses have included Easy Color for the Landscape, Current Events Discussion Group, French Readings and Conversation, Ancient Greek Views on the Universe, Wine 101, and Computers for Fun. Last year Osher had 420 participants. They also instituted satellite courses at area nursing homes and senior centers for adults who are unable to travel to the University.
Center for Economic and Workforce Development
This Center provides opportunities for relocating or existing companies in the Jacksonville area to provide specialized training to the existing workforce. Current programs include the Railroad Institute, which offers a certification program for freight train conductors. Additionally, the Center is in the process of developing The Logistics Institute.
UNF is Northeast Florida's only licensed official registered provider for Command Spanish®, the leading provider of customized Spanish language and cross-cultural programs for non-Spanish speakers in the workplace. It provides area business leaders with practical and effective industry-specific communications.
Conference and Workshop Series
UNF offers the Annual Administrative Professionals Conference and Expo at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center downtown and the annual African-American Professionals Conference at the University Center on campus. They also work to bring conferences and workshops from national and international organizations for Northeast Florida residents.
Executive Education for Leadership Institute
Continuing Education and the Coggin College of Business offer several programs for area business leaders to expand their management skills. Courses include the High-Potential's Leadership Program, Business Dynamics for Evolving Leaders Program, Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers, and Improving Executive Presentation Skills. The Institute also offers customized programs to area businesses and organizations.
Health and Medical Institute
Continuing education offers online courses that aid Northeast Florida residents in advancing themselves in the health and medical field. These occupations are the fastest growing in Florida. Courses include medical coding, medical secretary, medical transcription, and certificate programs.
Legal Studies Institute
This Institute offers certification programs for legal secretaries and paralegals, with classes scheduled around typical work hours. It offers opportunities for both established professionals and career changers to take classes taught by area judges, attorneys, and certified paralegals.
Summer Reading Development Programs for Children and Adults
This program provides opportunities for children age four through adults to learn essential reading skills and improve reading comprehension. Courses are divided by age, and are available in Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, and on the UNF campus.