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Welcome to a New Semester and Welcome Back to Eastern!

Dear Eastern Students,

Welcome to both new and returning students in the School of Continuing Education.  In addition to your course work, you have lots of choices at Eastern

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Consider participating in a Global Field  Course .  In these short-term courses you travel with an Eastern professor and study a subject in a foreign land. Or you may want to consider Study Abroad in another country for a semester or a year.

Are you interested in the Bachelor of General Studies degree?  Make an appointment by calling (860) 465-0206.

Wishing you a wonderful semester and New Year!

Carol Williams, Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Education

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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On Tuesday, March 12, Associate Dean of Continuing Education at Eastern Connecticut State University Carol Williams and Nancy Gould, a current part-time continuing education student, will be on the Fox 61-TV Morning Extra show at 9 a.m. to discuss Eastern's new "Reverse Internship" program.

The Lumina Foundation estimates that in order to meet the demand for educated employees the United States needs to raise the percentage of adults with a college degree from 38 percent in 2010 to 60 percent by the year 2025.  


"Capitalizing upon the idea that working adults have 'banked' valuable applied learning through their work," says Carol Williams, associate dean for continuing education, "we will offer working adults a way to turn that learning into meaningful college credit through a 'reverse internship' concept. Individuals will be able to convert their prior learning into college credits equivalent to a standard practicum or internship that will be usable toward degree requirements at Eastern." 


Eastern is currently creating an interactive "reverse internship" tutorial to be incorporated into our Credit for Lifelong Learning (CLL) program.  Student "competency statements" will be an essential part of the "reverse internship" model. Students selected in the fall participated in a January CLL Portfolio Development workshop that incorporated the new "reverse internship" tutorial. Portfolios that were due at the end of January are being assessed by the faculty.


A benefit of the program is that it will decrease the cost of completing a bachelor's degree at Eastern for students participating in the program by 6-9 percent.  Anyone interested in the "reverse internship" should contact Joanne Melody ( ), coordinator of the program for the School of Continuing Education at Eastern.

By Carol Williams, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Education
Eastern Connecticut State University


Are You Getting Close to Graduating from Eastern?


Thumbnail image for graduating-small.jpgIf you are close to graduating or are participating in Commencement on May 15, it is past time to think about getting your resume in good shape.  Eastern's Office of Career Services can be a big help.   Many Eastern students work, either full-time or part-time, while attending Eastern.  Adding that baccalaureate credential to your resume should give you a lot of additional options in looking for work.  Many employers use the bachelor's degree credential as a screening device and if you don't have it, your resume may not even be looked at.  Now that you're getting close to graduation day, be sure to put yourself in the best possible light.  Integrate your academic and work experience and make sure it is reflected in your resume and cover letters.    And, by the way, CONGRATULATIONS for getting this far!!  Hoping to see you at Commencement.  For details about Commencement visit:



Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

Happy Spring! The Turkey Global Field Course is back!


Happy Spring to all our students.  Over the winter break, I had the privilege of going on one of our Eastern Global Field Courses, accompanying two history professors and 15 Eastern students to Turkey.  What an amazing adventure we had!  We visited several of the many archeological sites in Turkey and saw amazing buildings in Istanbul (the former Constantinople).  Ephesus in Western Turkey is a well-preserved site that was once the capital of the Roman Empire.  Our tour guide, Alkan, made the history of Turkey and present-day culture of Turkey come alive for all of us.


As part of your college career at Eastern, if you can manage it, I heartily encourage you to participate in one of the Global Field Courses we offer.  Courses that are currently open include a Psychology trip to Nepal, a course in Italy where you will do creative writing, a month-long language and culture immersion in Spain and a wonderful insider arts trip to Cuba this summer.  Take a look at these options and see if you can fit one of them into your life--you won't be sorry!


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

Registration Deadlines--It's Not Too Late

Spring Semester has started at Eastern Connecticut State University.  The last day to register for a Spring course is Jan. 23.

Registration for EasternOnline is now closed.

The Second Seven Weeks Courses run from Mar. 12 - May 12.  The last day of registration is the day the course starts. 

The following Global Field Courses (short-term study abroad) still have seats available:  Nepal (Psychology), Florence, Italy (English-Writing Abroad), Jamaica (Education), and Cuba (Art).  To learn more about these Global Field Courses, visit 

To view all Spring courses:  go to

If you would like to attend part-time or are interested in the Bachelor of General Studies, please, call 860-465-0206 to schedule an advisor appointment.  Phone advisement appointments are also available.

Carol Williams, Associate Dean
School of Continuing Education at Eastern 


Spring Registration is Open at Eastern Connecticut State University

Spring Registration at Eastern Connecticut State University is open to the public.  To view courses, visit

Do you want to attend Eastern part time or pursue the Bachelor of General Studies?  Call (860) 465-0206 for an appointment with an advisor. 

Classes start on Jan. 18.   There's still time to register. 

Here's how to get started:



Carol Williams, Associate Dean
School of Continuing Education at Eastern

Thinking About Taking A WinterSession Course?

It may seem expensive to take a WinterSession course, consideringP1010723.jpg that you have to pay extra. However, taking a WinterSession or summer class can help you speed up the time it takes you to graduate.  Staying at Eastern for an extra semester or year is much more expensive than taking a few courses during winter or summer.  In addition, in WinterSession, there are no extra fees other than the  $40 registration fee plus the cost of tuition.  Also, if you take one of your LAC or major courses during WinterSession, you may be able to free up your schedule in the future so you can take an internship, where you can get "hands on" experience in a field of your choice.  In today's economy, real world job experience may just give you the edge you need to get hired after college.  So, think seriously about accelerating your degree progress by registering for a WinterSession course at Eastern. 


P.S.  Did you know that there are 27 online courses to choose from in the WinterSession schedule?


Carol Wiliams

Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Eastern


Happy Thanksgiving from the School of Continuing Education at Eastern

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all Eastern students.  The School of Continuing Education wishes you a peaceful holiday and a chance to 'catch your breath' and reflect on the fall semester.   Some of you may be helpingturkey by flower vase.jpg with Eastern's Day of Caring on Wednesday.  This tradition of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for the community was started by an Eastern student four years ago and continues today.  I hope you are inspired to think that you too might start a tradition by participating in community service either at Eastern or in your home community.  Meanwhile, if you are planning your own turkey dinner, you may want to be aware of the power of tryptophan! tells us it's a fact that turkey makes you sleepy.

Turkey does contain the essential amino acid tryptophan, which is a natural sedative, but so do a lot of other foods, including chicken, beef, pork, beans and cheese. Though many people believe turkey's tryptophan content is what makes many people feel sleepy after a big Thanksgiving meal, it is more likely the combination of fats and carbohydrates most people eat with the turkey, as well as the large amount of food (not to mention alcohol, in some cases) consumed, that makes most people feel like following their meal up with a nap."

So enjoy a good nap and then get back to the books!!  Happy Holiday from all of us in the School of Continuing Education.



Carol Williams, Ph.D., Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education at Eastern

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