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Loyola University New Orleans Expands to Offer Non-Credit Courses

Loyola press release - August 23, 2018

New programs for lifelong learners aimed at professional development

Loyola University New Orleans is offering new non-credit courses in Fall 2018, with plans to expand these offerings in Spring 2019 and going forward. Loyola University also now offers corporate training options. Courses designed to help the community and local businesses include notary public preparatory, grant writing, professional tour guiding, and more!

“In the rich tradition of Jesuit education, learning is a lifelong endeavor and part of constant self-realization,” said Rachelle Matherne, director of Professional and Continuing Studies at Loyola. “Through our new non-credit offerings, Loyola is expanding its reach to include area residents and organizations seeking to build skills that will help boost both incomes and careers, while helping to meet the needs of local industries.”

The new non-credit courses at Loyola currently being offered are aimed at professional development, as opposed to solely personal enrichment. “Professional development” means the courses are related to someone’s job – either helping them advance in their current career or prepare for a new career. “Personal enrichment” means something taken as a hobby or just for fun.

The goal is to prepare students to take applicable exams for industry-based credentials (IBCs) such as certifications, licenses, and permits. Immediate plans (Fall 2018 semester) are to offer courses related to professional tour guiding, human resources, and more. The Taxicab and Fire Hire Bureau within the City of New Orleans recently gave Loyola University permission to administer the tour guide exam. More information about the bureau and tour guide permit can be found here.

“Non-credit” simply means the courses do not count for credit hours toward an academic degree. Students are awarded continuing education units (CEUs) for taking non-credit courses at the university. Loyola’s non-credit courses are designed for adults who embrace learning as both a serious pursuit and a pleasure.

Loyola will be adding new non-credit courses and programs regularly. Planned new additions include: software development, grant writing, fundraising, leadership and management, cybersecurity, project management, Six Sigma, and more. Soon too, Loyola will offer non-credit courses in Mandeville, La., thanks to a new cooperative endeavor agreement (CEA) signed with the City of Mandeville.

Loyola also offers customized training for business and industry and will do a free “needs assessment” with local companies to help determine their training needs.

More information on Professional and Continuing Studies at Loyola can be found on the university website at loyno.edu/noncredit or by contacting the office at noncredit@loyno.edu or (504) 865-3530. To learn more about offerings as they go online, residents may sign up for the Professional and Continuing Studies newsletter by emailing noncredit@loyno.edu or following our social media profiles.

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