Magazine article The Catalyst

Exploring the Many Paths to a Continuing Education Career

Magazine article The Catalyst

Exploring the Many Paths to a Continuing Education Career

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Many of us who have the privilege of working in a continuing education, customized training, or community education unit in a college, probably never aspired to that kind of career; in large part, because we were unaware of the many options and opportunities. Additionally, there is a lack of formal education or training options to prepare one for that kind of career. Realizing a great need for our membership, the NCCET Board, in a recent strategic planning session, identified three strategic priorities of focus on, and one of those priorities is "enhanced professional development" or promoting the professional growth of our membership.

Structured under two specific goals, the Priority 3 committee, which is made up of board members and volunteers from the membership, are busy identifying the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) for professionals in continuing education and contract training. Specifically addressing Goal 1 of this priority, and after sifting through multiple job descriptions from a variety of colleges, a number of KSA's were identified for these specific job categories:

* Chancellor/Associate Vice ChancellorA/ice President

* Dean/Associate Dean

* Executive Director/Director/Assistant Director

* Program Coordinator/Program Manager

* Others:

Instructional Developer

Customer Service Representative

Information Systems Specialist/Administrator

Non-Credit Adjunct Faculty

Job Developer/Management Information

Systems Specialist

This information was shared in a conference session at the Baltimore conference and those who participated were given a chance to work in groups to review the categories and KSA's for each in order to provide feedback for changing or improving the listing. …

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