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Want to learn French, Zumba or money management while working full-time? OKC Downtown College might be the place for you.

Susannah Waite September 11th, 2012

With fall here, many Oklahomans have gone back to school.

For those looking to learn from a nontraditional classroom setting or a more accessible location, the OKC Downtown College may be just the place.

The college is a consortium of five area schools that offer classes — both for and without credit — primarily within the Ronald J. Norick Library at 300 Park Ave.

“We also offer a lot of personal enrichment courses, language classes, some professional development classes and some certifications in different areas,” said Gus Pekara, director. “There is no real college downtown; we just offer classes down here.”

Students can register through OKC Downtown College or any of its partnering campuses: University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Community College, Rose State College in Midwest City and Redlands Community College in El Reno.

Sessions include an art class at the Oklahoma Museum of Art, a course on Native American art at the Red Earth Museum and OKC Arts Alive at Civic Center Music Hall.

“We’ve got some really unique classes,” Pekara said. “We really use the downtown [area] as a campus.”

The fall semester is already under way, but varying times and start dates provide flexibility to better fit the schedules of working adults.

“Almost all of [the students] are working and going to school as well in the evening. We have classes at noon in languages and we have fitness classes like Pilates,” Pekara said. “We are trying to serve the downtown employees, residents and beyond, as far as the needs are concerned for different students.”

The college currently offers certification programs for assisted living facilities administration and food service management, and courses strictly for EMSA employees.

“We try to serve the needs of the community, and we also use the resources of the community to do it,” Pekara said.

For more information, call 232- 3382 or visit downtowncollege.com.

 
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