Friday, January 14, 2011

Library offers free, professional classes online

Ocean County Library has subscribed to Universal Class for Libraries, an online educational service that offers more than 500 different classes covering topics that are of interest to everybody. 
Classes range from fundraising, accounting, budgeting, Excel spreadsheets, Quicken, credit report and repair, nutrition, wellness, computer skills, writing, photography, painting, career coaching and training, conflict resolution, contract law, PowerPoint, job search skills, cooking, crafts and hobbies, social work and so many more.
The classes are free if you have an Ocean County Library card. (The library also has agreements with the Monmouth County Library and Burlington County Library. Contact OCL for information to enable you to access the classes.) 
Access to Universal Class is available 24/7.
To explore Universal Class go to OCL’s Web page ( and click on the Universal Class’s icon along the right hand side of the page.  You will be able to examine the 500 classes that are offered and can register for any of them.
A person can register for up to five classes at a time and can add others once classes are completed.
Classes can be as few as six lessons long to more than 30 lessons and are taught by a real, live person who you may contact via E-mail.  Lessons include required reading assignments and a test before one can move on to the next lesson.  Class completion can stretch to as long as six months.
These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.
Any more questions?  Contact the library at  or telephone the library reference department at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.
(Hey, for a limited time only you can go directly to Universal Class by clicking on ) 

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