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How to Make Time for College

Some of you are back in school for the first time in quite a while.  You Library3.jpgmight be panicking, thinking, "How can I possibly fit in all this extra work on top of my already busy life?"  Well, it is possible to do it.  I was just talking with our new student assistant, who is 25 years old, and his 'secret' would work for any of us.  In order to stay on top of your school work, you need to be organized with your time using every spare minute productively.  It will be a huge help if you have a planning calendar, either electronic or paper, and plot out all the little time blocks that you might normally waste and use them to study.  For example, if you have to wait while picking up your kids, be sure that you have course materials with you to review.  That reminds me that to be an efficient student it is critical that you take good notes in class -- then you will have something valuable to review while waiting to pick up your kids! 


My husband is a college teacher and I am amazed when he tells me how many young students take NO notes in class.  If you take good notes and review them frequently, you should be in good shape for most classes.  Usually, faculty members tell you in class what they want you to know for exams. 


If you do find yourself struggling in a class, don't be too proud to ask for help.  The Academic Services Center in the lower level of the Library has tutoring services as well as a Writing and Math Center.  Check out their services and hours at


Most of us who work in the School of Continuing Education have been adult students at some point in our lives.  We know you can do this!  Don't hesitate to call us for assistance or for an advisement appointment, (860) 465-0206.


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

What the School of Continuing Education Does!

As an integral part of Eastern Connecticut State University, the School of Continuing Education (SCE) has a multi-faceted role in serving the residents of Connecticut.

SCE is dedicated to advising adults who want to return to college to finish their degree or attend college for the first time. The advisors in the School of Continuing Education are experts at assisting part-time and Bachelor of General Studies students.  Our Fast Track Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree Completion Program was designed for busy individuals who are at least 25 years old and who already have 60 or more prior college credits. The Fast Track is the quickest, most efficient way for most people to finish their bachelor's degree. In addition, you can accelerate your degree in many ways, through Credit for Life Long Learning, Fast Track courses, and by taking CLEP and DSST tests.

In addition, SCE runs a comprehensive winter and summer session schedule with such choices as online classes and accelerated classes in one-week, two-week, three-week and five- or six-week formats. Many students accelerate their degree by taking these accelerated formats.

In addition to college credit courses, the School of Continuing Education offers thousands of professional, non-credit courses through its affiliation with Gatlin Educational Services/Ed2Go.  Every fall and spring, the school makes available the SHRM® Learning System course for those seeking to take the Society of Human Resources examination.

SCE provides additional learning opportunities to all Eastern students with:

·         Off-campus sites (Groton, Sub Base, and Manchester and Capital Community Colleges) 

·         EasternOnline

·         Global Field Courses, which are short-term study abroad experiences

The School of Continuing Education also manages facility rentals to organizations in the community.

If you have questions, please, call (860) 465-0206.

Associate Dean Carol Williams
School of Continuing Education at Eastern

Now is the Time to Go to College!

Do you want to go to college? Do you have credits from your past college experience but did not complete your degree? Find out what you need to know from an Eastern Connecticut State University advisor at our convenient off-campus site in Groton. Information Sessions are at 6 p.m. on Monday evenings.  Call Gail at (860) 446-9457.

Summer Session B starts July 5 -- You Want to Be There!

Panoramic_view2.jpgSummer at Eastern is wonderful for its small, intimate classes and real learning experiences.  The second Summer Session (Summer Session B) is filled with possibilities for you.  Let's look at a few.


Are you one of those people who really can't leave your home for long?  Gas prices getting you down?  There are more than 20 courses via EasternOnline available for the second session.   Online courses at Eastern are great educational experiences where you have the benefit of studying when you can and attending lectures online.  Check out EasternOnline and see if it's for you.

There are also traditional in-person courses held on the campus in Willimantic or at the off-campus site in Groton.   Here are several courses you might enjoy;  some will help with majors and have prerequisites.

50112 ART 114 02 Ceramics - Workshop experience with clay processes used in making and decorating pottery. Emphasis on hand pieces, decoration, glazing, modeling and knowledge of the use of the potter's wheel and operation of kiln. No prerequisite required.

 50135 ACC 416 02 Federal Individual Taxation - Emphasis is placed on basic forms and structures of federal income taxation and delves particularly into those aspects which affect individual taxpayers. Attention is given to the historical development of federal taxation, the legislative process, the underlying rational of federal taxation, working with the Internal Revenue Code, tax preparers' responsibilities and tax research.  Prerequisite: ACC 301.

50024 COM 310 02 Digital Photography - Focus is on venues for publication in mass media communication including photojournalism and marketing. Camera fundamentals, concepts of exposure and camera operation are reviewed. Lecture/lab topics include image protocols and techniques for photo display and editing with CS4. Retouching techniques and photomontage are introduced along with ethical issues regarding image manipulation and the ownership protections of copyright laws. Students compile digital portfolios of their lab work for display in Powerpoint and a web portfolio. Labs include instruction for use of Eastern student accounts to store and serve student ePortfolio content.  Prerequisite: COM 210


This is only a sampling of the many courses available in the Second Summer Session (Summer Session B).  If you have any questions and would like to speak to an advisor, please, call (860) 465-0206.  Visit  to view all the available courses.  Take a course with Eastern and gain a whole new insight on education.


--Susan Crowley, Webmaster

Why Do People Go Back to School?

I'm just back from a few days of vacation in Florida -- strangely it was cooler and dryer there than in Connecticut.  Having been away for a few days, I was surprised when one of our advisors, Joanne, told me how many people she had seen in the office this past week.  There has been a steady stream of potential students coming in to see our advisors this summer -- it seems much busier than usual. 

I asked Joanne what these students have told her about why they decided to come back to finish their bachelor's degree.  Joanne said that the predominant reason is caDSC_1284.jpgreer related.  Many students can see that their potential career growth is hampered if they don't have a bachelor's degree.  They may even have been hired by someone quite a bit younger than they are.  Other people may want to change careers.  The bachelor's degree is usually required for career advancement, since each new job attracts many applicants and employers can create a smaller pool for interviews by sorting on the basis of who has a bachelor's degree. 

I spoke with Kate, one of our other advisors, this morning.  Kate has an appointment today with someone who was working on his degree at Eastern quite a few years ago but dropped out.  Today he is meeting with Kate to see how quickly he can now finish a Bachelor of General Studies degree.   Kate is excited to reconnect with him and find out why he has now decided to complete his bachelor's degree.  

Each of our students in the School of Continuing Education has a special story and a unique perspective on why it is important for them to finish their degree.  If you'd like to share your story, we would love to hear it, and, you just might inspire someone else to take the plunge and go back to school this fall!!


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University


Why Does A Bachelor's Degree Matter?

You may be wondering, in such a rotten job climate, why you should bother to finish your bachelor's degree.  After all, there is an expense to continuing your education and most of us have many other things to spend that money on.  Perhaps you have children about to go to college and think that any extra money should go in their direction.


However, like it or not, if you don't have that BA/BS diploma, you may be jeopardizing your career.  With so many candidates for every job opening, employers need to find ways to sort through all the applications and hone down to a more manageable pool.  And what is one of the easiest ways to sort those applications?  You guessed it -- if you don't have a degree, your application for a position may end up in the wastebasket.


If you don't have a bachelor's degree, you are not alone.  In Connecticut, according to the Census Bureau, 62 percent of all working age adults have less than a bachelor's degree.   So, work on finishing that degree and you will maximize your viability and get a jump on the rest of that 62 percent.


The advisors in Eastern's School of Continuing Education will do everything they can to help you expedite the completion of your degree, whether it's fast track courses or pursuing our Credit for Lifelong Learning program, which grants college credits for what you have learned on the job.


Don't sacrifice your future by ignoring your own education!  Call the School of Continuing Education at (860) 465-0206, and let us help you get a jump on your career.


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education


Higher Education in America

What percentage of the adult population in this country do you think holds a bachelor's degree or higher?  Surprisingly, according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2010, it is only 27.2 percent of the U.S. population. 


So, if you have recently returned to college at Eastern, you are among a select minority!  And when you graduate you will have a distinct advantage in the labor market because having a bachelor's degree is often one of the main factors used in screening job applicants.


Recently there has been a lot of concern about the fact that the United States has slipped sharply in terms of the percentage of its population that is graduating from college.  The Lumina Foundation for Education, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, has issued a challenge to set a "Big Goal" of 60 percent of adults having at least a two-year degree by 2025.  Right now they are investing their resources in the community college system in the United States to try to affect this trend.


So you see, your own personal commitment to continuing your education at Eastern is helping to reverse an unfortunate trend in American society.  We need an educated workforce if America is to continue to be a major power in the world!  Thanks for doing your part!


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Don't Put Off until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today!

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.  The hardest part of going back to college is taking that first step......but don't let yourself procrastinate any longer.  You will be surprised at how supportive the advisors are here in Continuing Education.  And we know you will be surprised at how well you will do in the classroom.  In this economy it is dangerous not to have a bachelor's degree credential when so many others do.  Come see us and we will figure out the best way for you to finish your bachelor's degree!  Call 860.465.0206 for an appointment with an advisor.  Classes start August 30th.


From Associate Dean Carol J. Williams

Why Education?

waterway.jpgWhy should you or anyone else who is an adult go on for a degree with all the other responsibilities tugging at you? After all you have been able to get this far...but in the back of your mind you may have been is time...I really would like to finish...I always wanted this....but I am too old...but it may be too late, I don't have enough money.

I am here as a living testimonial to tell you that it is never too late, that we are never too old and that money is always a problem but should never be the barrier to completing your education. The hardest step to take is the first one....and there are always reasons and excuses not to pick up the phone to make that first appointment. But should you want to "give yourself the best gift anyone can give themselves" and open up doors that you thought would always be closed to you...then do pick up the phone to make that first advisement appointment. Take that first class...experience that first success and before you know will be on your way to what you thought was only a dream and very far away.

Sitting outside of my office is a mother with a baby carrier. She has three children and she is registering for one of her last two classes. She is almost there and said but it seems forever...and here it is. I asked her why she is going for her degree and she said "I expect my children to go to college. How can I expect them to go if I don't get my degree? I want them to follow my example." So take that first step...because I can tell you from my own experience that opportunities are there for you that you never dreamed possible and you are the best example a parent can be. 

 From Dean Shelly Gimenez 

March 2014

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