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Georgetown University Offers Free Courses for Furloughed Government Employees

October 7, 2013 — Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C., is offering free two-week courses to government employees who are currently out of work due to the U.S. federal government shutdown.

Six professional development courses begin this week, which are offered through the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies’ Center for Continuing & Professional Education.

The classes will provide employees with a unique opportunity to gain new knowledge and expertise in various subjects and to stay productive during normal work hours, even in the midst of the gridlock in Congress.

The schedule includes a wide variety of courses, which were selected to draw in federal workers from all different types of fields.

For those interested in media skills and public affairs, there is “Ready, Set, Re-set Your Social Strategy.” “Manager as a Coach,” “Project Management Fundamentals” and “Innovation and Leadership in Government” will cover management skills in-depth. Individuals involved in healthcare and health policy can take “Patient Navigation Fundamentals,” and “Global Trends in International Migration,” aimed at examining improvements in policies and programs to address causes and consequences of immigration around the world, will round out the program.

The classes will run one to four days and will be held at Georgetown’s brand-new "Georgetown Downtown" campus for the School of Continuing Studies in the heart of downtown Washington, which opened this fall. Students will engage in class discussions, write sample memos and make presentations.

“We saw there was a need to really stay connected and engaged,” said Walter Rankin, dean of the School of Continuing Studies.

The plan for the courses began when Rankin found out at a recent retreat that many faculty members knew someone affected by the shutdown. The shutdown also hit especially close to home because Rankin’s partner is a furloughed employee.

The program has already filled the initial course spaces, but the school is currently working with its faculty to develop additional offerings. To join the waitlist for future courses, click here. To learn more about the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, visit the school’s website at [Georgetown University, The Washington Post]

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