OU Outreach Offers a Wealth of Personal Enrichment Programs for All Ages

readingRegardless of your age, there are numerous opportunities for personal enrichment at OU Outreach. From online classes to courses on campus to programs in your hometown, OU Outreach can help you reach your educational goals.

One example is Ed2Go, which offers hundreds of project-oriented online courses for adults. These six-week courses cover topics ranging from anatomy to web design and can be taken from your home or office during any time of the day.

“We are very pleased with the quality of the courses,” said Bill Boni, reading enrichment/online educational services administrator. “In the three and a half years I’ve been here, I have yet to receive a poor evaluation or a phone call from a disgruntled student.”

Six years ago, Dr. Belinda Biscoe entered into a partnership with Gatlin Educational Services, which eventually became Ed2Go when both companies were purchased by Cengage Learning.   Ed2Go is now a leader in online personal enrichment courses, as well as career training programs.

Military personnel and their spouses are even eligible for tuition assistance with Ed2Go. Interested military personnel should contact their education office for information pertaining to tuition assistance. Spouses of military personnel should contact the Outreach Online Educational Services Administrator at (405)325-5466. All other inquiries should be directed to Gatlin Educational Services at (855)520-6806.

Ed2Go is only one of several personal enrichment options available through OU Outreach.  Each summer Outreach also offers numerous reading enrichment programs for children and adults. Available in cities across Oklahoma, these proven programs help participants read better, faster and with greater comprehension.  Around 1,000 students attend reading classes in Broken Arrow, Edmond, Lawton, Midwest City, Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. For those who are unable to attend, Outreach also offers the summer reading program online.

Additionally, OU students can take a speed reading and study strategies class. The curriculum helps students, especially freshmen, spend less time studying while retaining what they read, which gives them a leg-up on their schoolwork.

In the 11 years these reading programs have been offered at OU by the Institute of Reading Development, there have been overwhelmingly positive reviews. Both of these reading programs have grown consistently, showing the positive effect they have had on adults and students’ lives.

“The reading programs have been very successful,” said Boni. “They continue to grow and have proven to be beneficial to the people who have taken them.”

These programs are a few of the numerous courses available at OU Outreach for those who want to learn something new.

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