It's no secret that we here at The Knowledge Nook encourage lifelong learning. It's an opinion we share with many educational institutes, as well as researchers who focus on how we age. There is a lot of evidence that lifelong learning is the key not only to better career opportunities, but also improved memory and cognitive skills.
Here’s a take on lifelong learning from the Harvard Business Review.
"As we age, though, learning isn’t simply about earning degrees or attending storied institutions. Books, online courses, MOOCs, professional development programs, podcasts, and other resources have never been more abundant or accessible, making it easier than ever to make a habit of lifelong learning. Every day, each of us is offered the opportunity to pursue intellectual development in ways that are tailored to our learning style."
Do a little research on your own, and you’ll see that there are myriad ways to participate in educational programs over a career, or throughout one’s lifetime. One convenient, and efficient way is to learn new skills,, or to keep current abilities sharp, through web-based programs. There are thousands of online learning topics on the web. One provider is the University of North Texas and partner ed2Go. Through a partnership with UNT (and other learning institutions around the country), the ed2Go programs provide rich access to training once found only in classrooms or through apprenticeships.
Periodically we share more details about some of the many programs offered through the ed2Go curriculum. Today, we’ll take a closer look at skills for those in the construction and trades catalog.
Here a just four from the University of North Texas and ed2Go online catalog:
Are you at your best when you have your hands on a hammer or a saw? If so, this program will teach you the basic skills you need to get a job as a residential carpenter. You’ll explore what it’s like to work in construction, learn the basic math you’ll use on the jobsite, and find out how to read a blueprint. In addition, you’ll learn how to use both hand and power tools effectively and safely, and discover how to construct a home from the floor to the roof. Finally, you’ll put your skills to use in three hands-on workshop projects. By the time you’re done, you’ll be ready for an entry-level position in the construction industry.
The Home Inspection Online Training Program covers the principal components of home inspection procedures and processes. You'll learn how to create a home inspection report that will detail the home's condition, including the heating and cooling systems, the plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and siding, and the framing and foundation.
A program covering the CORE knowledge areas of HVACR and preparing a student to take the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Core Certification Exam. The NATE Core Certification provides the basics for entry-level and early career technicians and is a stepping stone to becoming a HVACR Certified Technician. The Core exam covers the foundational areas of safety, tools, basic construction, using basic science, achieving desired conditions, taking temperature and humidity measurements, and basic electrical.
The Toolmaker program provides an intensive overview of skills necessary for toolmaking. You will learn workholding, math, inspection, safety, machining, materials, quality, grinding, and stamping to work as a toolmaker. The course of one of several steps to take toward becoming a toolmaker, a tool and die maker, or a tool and die machinist.
And that’s just four of hundreds of learning opportunities that can be found through online sites. Take a look around the web and find out more about the many learning opportunities available to you.