Burlington County College, 601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road, Pemberton 08608; 609-894-9311; fax, 609-894-0183. Robert Messina, president. www.bcc.edu

BCC will host an information session designed to help prospective BCC student get better acquainted with the college on Wednesday, August 10, at 6 p.m. at the Mount Laurel campus. Attendees will meet with staff members from the financial aid and transfer office for questions regarding financing BCC’s many transfer agreements with four-year schools.

For more information about this free session, call 609-894-9311, ext. 1413.

Attendees can also find out about BCC’s newest associate’s degree programs for fall 2011. The school will be offering degrees in green energy sciences including a program in energy management. This program is designed for those considering careers in energy management for residential and commercial buildings.

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in green fields such as solar, wind, geothermal heat pump, and biomass/biofuels. There also is a new program in sustainable energy studies, designed to prepare graduates for careers in sustainable energy and for transfer opportunities to four-year colleges with sustainability-focused programs.

BCC’s efforts to become southern New Jersey’s go-to school for business programs have grown in the past couple years with new professional certificate course offered three times a year. This fall the school ups its efforts with five new professional development programs at the Mount Laurel campus aimed squarely at entrepreneurs.

On September 26 the school launches its new “Principles of Green Building & LEED Core Concepts” certificate course, a 12-session course that runs on Monday and Wednesday evenings until November 2. Cost: $750.

The course will prepare students to take the LEED Green Associate exam, introduce students to the green market, and teach the non-technical side of green design and operations. It is tailored to professional and aspiring architects, engineers, construction managers, building owners, developers, and project managers.

Also beginning on September 26 is BCC’s new “Train the Trainer” certificate program. The program comprises seven courses that each run for two sessions, beginning with “How Adults Learn.” The remaining programs are “Determining Training Needs,” “Instructional Design,” “Facilitation Skills,” “A Primer On E-Learning,” “Evaluating Your Training Program,” and “Marketing Yourself as a Trainer.” Each course costs $170.

Beginning on October 4 is the school’s new “Supervisory & Management” certificate program, a five-course offering on business process management that kicks off with “Succeeding as a Supervisor.” The courses each meet for two sessions and each cost $189. The remaining courses are “Coaching Skills,” “From Shy to Shining: Presentation Skills,” “Managing Teams,” and “Leading with Purpose.”

Also beginning on October 4 is the new “Meeting & Event Planning” certificate course, which will meet twice weekly until November 3. The 30-hour program is geared toward those who want a career in the event planning industry or want to start their own business. The course will cover food and beverage, audiovisual presentation, and room design, among lessons in interpersonal skills. Cost: $1,385.

Rounding out BCC’s new professional certificate offerings is “Social and E-Commerce,” which begins on October 5. The two-part course (each costs $395) zeros in on marketing and promotion techniques for doing online business, including search engine optimization, social media optimization, Internet consumer behavior, analytics, and eBay for business.

College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Box 7718, Ewing 08628-0718; 609-771-1855; fax, 609-771-3067. R. Barbara Gitenstein, president. www.tcnj.edu

TCNJ offers “Campus Weekday Visits” in the summer, concluding on Thursday, August 11. Prospective students can receive a half-hour admission presentation, followed by a one-hour campus tour led by “student ambassadors.”

The school also will host three “Lions Day Open House” sessions on September 24, October 9, and November 19.

Lions Days bring prospective students together with TCNJ’s deans and assistant deans to discuss programs and opportunities at the school. Attendees will also have opportunities to talk directly with faculty and staff and see what the TCNJ community is all about.

All events are free. To set up a visit, go to www.tcnj.edu

Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor 08550; 609-570-3311; fax, 609-570-3883. Carol Desmond Clark, director, center for continuing studies. www.mccc.edu

MCCC’s “Back to School Night For Adults” takes place on Thursday, August 18, at 6 p.m. at the school’s West Windsor campus. The annual open house is geared toward those exploring new careers, planning to re-enter the workforce, or seeking insights into emerging career trends. Attendees will receive a coupon waiving the $10 fall registration fee.

During the session, staff members and instructors from Mercer’s College of Continuing Studies will discuss short-term, noncredit certificate programs, and classes in business and management, health careers, and teacher education, and online courses.

New this fall are two online courses: “Green Buildings — LEED Associate Exam Prep,” which runs from September 6 until October 28, and a “Virtual Meeting Planner” certificate course, which runs from September 6 until November 15.

Also new are “Introduction to the Mac,” from September 10 to 24; “Health Career Clinic,” from September 17 to October 1; “Ophthalmic Assistant,” a 50-hour program from October 11 until December 6 (see page TK); and “Understanding Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders,” a one-day course October 24.

The College of Continuing Studies will also host three additional information sessions in August. A session for the “Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs” certificate program, for those with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in careers in the pharmaceutical field, will be held Tuesday, August 23, at 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, August 25, an information session for the “Veterinary Assistant” certificate program will take place at 5:30 p.m. This one-year program provides entry-level training in the field of veterinary medicine.

Also on August 25 at 5:30 p.m., the center will host an information session for “New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey,” an alternate route program to teacher certification for those who already have a bachelor’s degree.

Information sessions are free and registration is not required. Call 609-570-3311 or visit www.mccc.edu/ccs for more information.

Mercer’s Center for Continuing Studies is offering some new programs for healthcare professionals and creative professionals this fall.

Healthcare. A 50-hour ophthalmic assistant program begins in October.

Ophthalmic assistants help eye doctors process their patients. They take patient medical histories; talk with patients about medications, tests, and procedures; perform vision and diagnostic tests; and schedule patients.

The program looks to prepare students for entry-level careers in what the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO) says is one of the fastest growing segments of the healthcare industry in the country. The ATPO also says that ophthalmic assistants typically make between $30,000 and $70,000 a year.

Mercer’s program begins on October 11 and will meet for 15 sessions twice a week until December 6. Cost: $1,049.

The college also is launching two new courses — Regulatory Affairs: Medical Devices and Clinical Quality Assurance — for medical and healthcare industry professionals. Start dates are not set, but the school plans to launch both courses this fall. Each costs $972.

Regulatory Affairs: Medical Devices is geared toward newer professionals in the medical device field and will cover basic regulatory and distribution requirements. Clinical Quality Assurance seeks to train medical and pharma professionals in the standards of good clinical practices, fraud detection, and auditing.

Creative. Aspiring musicians can benefit from an established one when it comes to finding work in the field. On October 1 Marty Nelson, a founding member of Manhattan Transfer, will teach a one-day course called “The Freelance Music Profession — Opportunities and Insights.” The course, which costs $35, looks to point singers, performers, composers, and arrangers toward career opportunities in music.

For artists there is “The Business of Art,” a one-session course on October 22 that aims to show aspiring artists that talent is no longer enough. Today’s artist needs to be business-savvy as well. The course, taught by artist Tony Rosati, will cover two major areas many artists overlook on their quests to make a living in the field — copyright law and artist’s statements, which pivotal to getting exhibitions, grants, residencies, and media attention. The course costs $39.

Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Box 3050, Edison 08818-3050; 732-548-6000; Joann La Perla-Morales, president. www.middlesexcc.edu

MCC will host its fall open house on November 6, for anyone considering winter or spring sessions at the school. The event will feature free workshops, information about special programs, and campus tours.

The open house will also feature information regarding financial aid, the CARE ( Center for Adults Returning to Education) program for returning adults, support services, dual admission and transfer programs, veteran and international student services, and the school’s degree and non-degree programs. Visit www.middlesexcc.edu.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, 178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick 08901; 732-932-7233; fax, 732-932-4745. Marvin Schlaffer, director. olliru.rutgers.edu

Residents over age 50 can register for fall classes at Osher through Friday, August 26. Classes will run from September 6 through November 14.

Most classes will be held at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 23 South Second Avenue or at Rutgers facilities in New Brunswick. Courses also will be offered at the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South in Freehold.

Popular courses include literature and drama, history and current affairs, languages, culture and science, film studies, creative and performing arts, computers, and photography. Fees are $30 for five-week or $60 for 10-week courses. For more information call 732-932-7233, ext. 4200.

Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Box 3300, North Branch 08876-1265; 908-526-1200; fax, 908-725-2831. Casey Crabill, president. www.raritanval.edu

RVCC will host its fall open house on Thursday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. at its Bridgewater campus. The event will feature information about the school’s trade and technical training programs. Prospective students can speak with instructors, tour vocational shops, and find out about the college’s credit and non-credit programs.

Visit www.raritanval.edu for more information.

Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-896-5000; fax, 609-895-5681. Mordechai Rozanski, president. www.rider.edu

Rider will host two fall open houses in the student recreation center, on October 2 and 30 at 11 a.m.

Attendees can talk with faculty, learn about the admission, financial aid, and enrollment processes, visit student clubs and organizations, and take a campus tour. Private tours are also available for those unable to make the October sessions. Call 609-896-5042.

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