Some students at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland will trade in their pencils and notebooks for backpacks and sleeping bags this summer when they set out on an outdoor adventure trip for women. "This is challenge by choice," says Susan Glore, director of counseling services at Western Maryland College, who will be leading the trips for the Women's Institute of the College of Notre Dame.
"It's a chance for women to spend some time with themselves without the extra comforts of home. This can help them to have a better understanding of themselves, their goals and their desires in life." Call (410) 532-6090 for information.
Backpacking is just one of the more adventurous educational opportunities for adults offered at the College of Notre Dame and other schools throughout the Baltimore area this summer. Students can experience anything from scuba diving and canoeing to biking and spelunking.
But there are also lots of classes for adults who simply want to sit at a desk, listen to lectures and do some serious studying. The College of Notre Dame will offer a new master's degree program in education which challenges teachers to become leaders in their field. The program will also explore the latest advances in teaching and international education. Call (410) 532-5317 for information.
And the college will also begin an expansion of its Accelerated Certification for Teaching program by adding courses in early childhood education. The program is for adults who already have bachelor's degrees and want to become teachers, but have not yet taken professional education courses.
"We get a fascinating mixture of people," says Clifton Osborn, director of the program and an assistant professor of education. "There are true career changers. There are retired people for whom teaching is a second career. There are women who are returning to the work force. And there are young people who have just graduated from college." Call (410) 532-5895 for information.
The diversity of choices at the College of Notre Dame can be found at other institutions throughout the Baltimore area. At some schools, the summer months bring an experimental menu of classes. At others, like University College, summer is a regular semester when traditional course offerings are presented in a more condensed version.
"For the adult who's working, summer is no different than the rest of the year except that the kids are home and it's harder to get the work done," says Lissa Brown, director of University Relations for University College. For information about undergraduate and graduate programs, call (800) 888-8682 or (301) 985-7000.
Villa Julie College maintains its career-oriented approach to education throughout the summer months. It now offers a bachelor's degree program in nursing as well as a Liberal Arts and Technology degree which combines technical training with the broad cultural background of a liberal arts education. Call (410) 486-7001 for information.
Anne Arundel Community College has expanded its course offerings for summer school this year and is expecting a 10 percent increase in registration, according to Bill Clutter, dean of continuing education.
Among the most popular credit courses are those that may be transferred to another college, Mr. Clutter said. "A lot of our summer students attend college full-time elsewhere," he says. "They are Anne Arundel county residents and they take courses here in the summer to reduce their full-time load." Call (410) 541- 2241 for information about credit classes.
Anne Arundel also offers non-credit courses during the summer months. Some are career-oriented, providing training in word processing or real estate. Others combine travel with study on trips through Civil War battlefields, the theaters of London and New York, the lake districts of Scotland and the lands of ancient civilizations in Egypt.
A week-long sailing trip on the Chesapeake Bay provides a hands-on opportunity for Anne Arundel students to learn about estuarine biology. Students can combine exercise with education on an historic walking tour of Annapolis. Or they can take an on-campus Chinese cooking class and then journey to New York city's Chinatown to assist in a restaurant there. For information about non-credit classes call (410) 541-2325.
Harford Community College offers traditional credit classes during the summer as well as non-credit courses for personal enrichment in calligraphy, painting, drawing, stained glass, financial planning, self-esteem building, landscaping and small engine repair. Call (410) 836-4223 for information.
And Essex Community College also supplements its schedule of summer credit classes with lots of non-credit computer classes as well as some more unusual fare. Students can learn to identify local plants to use in cooking in a "Foraging for Food" class or learn to invest their money by taking a Computerized Stock Analysis course for laymen. Call (410) 522-1533 for non-credit courses; 522-1263 for credit courses.