Online skills classes offered

Published 9:44 pm Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of multiple priorities and impending deadlines, you are not as attentive as you should be. And this is just what happened with me last week, which resulted in a citation error!

In last week’s column, I featured a list of 10 reasons for picking a community college. However, I inadvertently credited professors Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman as the authors when, in fact, the author is George R. Boggs, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges and former president of Palomar College (a two-year college in California).

Jacobs and Hyman (whose Professors’ Guide/U.S. News blog cited this list) had invited visiting blogger George Boggs to offer his thoughts on the main differences between the community college and the four-year liberal arts institution and whether you should consider applying to a community college, resulting in the 10 reasons for choosing a community college written by Boggs: affordability, convenience, open access, teaching quality, class size, support services, choices, diversity, access to modern technology, and good company.

I sincerely apologize for this faux pas.

Act on Poverty Discussions: July 18

A reminder that area residents have an opportunity this Saturday, July 18, to participate in discussions focused on identifying ways to reduce poverty at PDCCC’s Regional Workforce Development Center from 10 am to 12 noon in tandem with each of the other 22 community colleges across Virginia. Attendees are asked to recommend specific strategies for the Commonwealth’s Poverty Reduction Taskforce and consideration by local and state officials.

Free and open to the public, the statewide conversations tomorrow are hosted and facilitated by the Virginia Community College System, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Community Action Partnership and the Virginia Department of Social Services.

According to Marilyn Tavenner, Secretary of Health and Human Resources and Co-Chair of the Poverty Reduction Taskforce, “This will be one of the largest conversations devoted to reducing poverty in our communities that Virginia has ever had. While Virginia’s statewide poverty rates are among the 10 lowest in the nation, certain regions are affected much more dramatically than others, with Southwest and Southside Virginia each having rates more than 17 percent. No advance registration is required for this event. For more details, visit the Web site at http://www.hhr.virginia.gov/povertysummit.

Online Skills Classes

In partnership with Ed2Go and Gatlin Education Services (GES), PDCCC offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional-level positions for many in-demand occupations. All classes can be taken from the privacy and convenience of your home or office. For more information, call 569-6790 or visit the Web sites: Ed2Go Online Training: www.ed2go.com/pdcccwf; Ed2Go Pro Online Training (for Business/Industry): www.ed2go.com/pdcccwf-pro; Gatlin Education Services (GES) Online Training: www.gatlineducation.com/pdcccwf.

For information on options available at PDCCC, call 569-6790 or visit our Web site at www.pdc.edu.

About the Professors’ Guide

After teaching thousands of students, Professors Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman decided to share their advice for college success in the book Professors’ Guide to Getting Good Grades in College. Now in this column, they’re sharing all-new tips with you.

About the Professors’ Guide

After teaching thousands of students, Professors Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman decided to share their advice for college success in the book Professors’ Guide to Getting Good Grades in College. Now in this column, they’re sharing all-new tips with you.