Free college classes!


by Nekessa Opoti • I should have done this a long time ago.

When people get laid off they tend to go back to school. With little or no income people are forced to be resourceful to figure out how they are going to earn the extra credits in school for an added edge in the job market.

I have here a list of resources! The first two are specific to Minnesota while the rest are online and could be used from anywhere in the world.

Perhaps you have read about the free classes that Normandale Community College is offering? The program is for laid off workers looking for continued education. There’s one catch, there has to be space in the class. Classes start today, so if you are unemployed check out Normandale’s catalog.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will offer classes for half-price ($76.75/credit). Read more about their Workforce Retraining Initiative.

MinneAfrica offers a way to connect, reconnect and stay connected with Africans and friends of Africans in Minnesota.

Opencourse ware
A few years ago I stumbled on MIT’s opencourse ware a program that allows the public to access the uni’s lecture notes. Most of the class notes are from previous years, dating as far back as 2003, so if you decide to take one of their classes, it would be important to make sure that the material is not dated. It’s a minefield of information! I have read through some of the history and literature classes– divine, just divine! I did not do any of the assignments, but went through them.

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Harvard and Stanford have a similar program. Here’s a list of the top 10 unis with free courses online. And another link with uni pods.

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