With the declining economy, more and more people are heading back to school, but not always the type of school that people might think about.

With the declining economy, more and more people are heading back to school, but not always the type of school that people might think about.
Both the Blue Springs and Fort Osage school districts offer community education programs. Although some of the courses are geared toward recreation or entertainment, many give community members the opportunity to gain new skills that make them more marketable in the work force.
Debbie Lawrence, director of community education in Blue Springs, said classes are offered in not only career development, but also computer software, business and finance and foreign language. There is a cost assoicated with most courses and the length varies.
“The Blue Springs School District continually emphasizes to our kindergartners through 12th graders that learning is a process that happens throughout one’s life and not only in the classroom,” she said. “A great example is the district’s community education program that offers a wide variety of educational experiences for our community’s adults and children.”
Other classes include college planning and ACT Prep as well as GED classes and those that deal with budgeting and financial security.
Online classes, called ed2go, allow students to take courses from home. The program is offered through both the Blue Springs and Fort Osage school districts. These include things such as accounting, graphic design, personal finance, computer literacy and courses in law and legal careers.
Fort Osage offers firefighter and EMT courses as well as courses to become a Certified Nurses Aid and a Certified Medical technician.
Although the Independence School District does not offer e a full range of community education courses, it too offers adult education and GED courses. The program is available for those 16-years and older and is offered at different times to meet people’s schedules.


FOR MORE INFO

For more information on Adult and Community Education in the Fort Osage School District, call 816-650-7183. For information on the Blue Springs Community Education program, call 816-224-1364. To learn more about the Independence School District adult education program, call 816-521-5507.