Online continuing education classes encourage lifelong learning

The McKinney Public Library System recently expanded its services to offer continuing education units (CEUs) through Universal Class. Through the library’s website, patrons can register for more than 500 learning courses in over 30 subject areas accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

All courses are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of the subject matter. Each course includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take up to five classes at a time and learn at their own pace.

From technical courses on computer software and digital photography to accounting and creative writing, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in exercise and fitness, entrepreneurship, arts and music, home and garden care, cooking, computers and technology, health and medicine, homeschooling, job assistance, law and legal, parenting and family, pet and animal care, plus hundreds more.

“Universal class is a great resource for library members who desire to learn new skills or prepare themselves for careers in specific fields. The online class structure also allows busy students to learn at their own pace and still receive continual feedback from instructors,” said Spencer Smith, Director of the McKinney Public Library System.

This free service is accessible to all active library card members. For more information on how to access Universal Class, visit