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Time to think about your own learning

August 2016

It’s back-to-school time.  The stores have had their sales, many college students have already packed up their parents’ SUVs, and soon yellow school buses will be a common sight on the road.

If you have kids preparing for school—and even if you don’t—this is a good time for you to think about your own learning as well.

The benefits of new knowledge and skills don’t end when you finish traditional schooling.  Whether you’re interested in improving your work skills, learning a hobby, preparing for a new career, or just trying something new, fall is a good time for you to expand your own horizons.

Many area colleges and universities have evening classes.  Local organizations and community centers may offer seminars or short-term programs.  And career centers like Great Oaks have a wide range of classes, from cooking to computer classes to technical skills and more.

In just an evening or two a week you could learn a new language, or how to play guitar or build a website, or the basics of auto body or home repair. Many institutions also have online options.

As days get shorter and the weather cools off, it’s often easy to become sedentary and let our evenings become consumed with television or other passive pleasures.  Don’t let it happen to you!  Seek out a class, a program, an online course, or other ways to keep learning and doing.

To find out more about Great Oaks offerings in your neighborhood, go to or call 513.771.8881.